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The anxious energy savers who believe a national law and subsidies are necessary promise you will be able to cut your electric bill by a whopping 50 bucks a year. How exciting can such enormous money-saving be? You will, however, have to pay dearly for the new bulbs. The energy saving is that the new bulbs supposedly last 4 to 10 times longer than those bright old bulbs, unless the new bulbs are turned on and off frequently.
Banning Edison’s great invention, reportedly began in Castro’s Cuba and was followed by Hugo Chavez’s Venezuela, These are nations with economic systems that seem to inspire Obama-like governing..
In Europe, incandescent bulbs began to be phased out in 2009, being replaced by compact fluorescent lamps (CFLs), which emit a poor light quality, which flicker and which reportedly cause many people to become dizzy and sick. New Zealand sensibly reversed its ban in December 2008.
With Wal-Mart and other stores selling millions of the CFL bulbs, scientists and environmentalists worry that too many will wind up in garbage dumps. When mercury accumulates in a landfill, it can rise into the air as vaporous methyl mercury, and from there into the food chain, say some scientists.
U.S. Sen. Mike Enzi (R-WY) announced Feb. 11 he planned to introduce legislation in Congress to reverse the ban on incandescent bulbs. He has 27 co-sponsors. “Washington needs to stop picking winners and losers in the marketplace and micromanaging how Americans live their lives,” said Sen. Jim DeMint (R-SC) a co-sponsor of the measure. He said “[I]t’s clear the nanny-state mentality has gotten out of control in Washington,”
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has published detailed instructions on what to do if a CFL bulb or fluorescent tube light bulb breaks in your home. Here are some of the worrisome guidelines:
Have people and pets leave the room, air out the room for 5-10 minutes, shut off heating or air-conditioning systems, collect the materials with stiff paper, cardboard or sticky tape or damp paper towels, place cleanup materials in a sealable container, promptly place all bulb debris and cleanup materials outdoors in a trash container until materials can be disposed of properly, leave the heating/air conditioning system off for several hours.
It’s just that simple.
The EPA also says that, without the incandescent bulb, enough energy would be saved to take the equivalent of 800,000 cars off the roads and save 9 billion pounds of greenhouse gas.
The eco-religious Union of Concerned Scientists predicts: If every American household replaced one light bulb with a CFL bulb it would prevent–not 9, but 90 billion–pounds of greenhouse gas emissions from electric power plants and be the equivalent of taking—not 800,000 but 7.5 million–cars off the roads. When questioned about those claims, a spokesman not surprisingly could not confirm the figures.
If either extreme forecast doesn’t work out for the Obama administration, Barack can always blame George Bush. Ironically, for the first time, the blame would be correctly directed. It was during the Bush administration in 2007 that Congress passed the light bulb law. It was Democrats, however, who controlled Congress.
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