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Monday, April 02, 2007

Incandescent Light Bulb Prohibition

Phillips, one of the worlds largest manufacturers of light bulbs announced in March that it joined a campaign to push for legislation to phase out by 2016 the use of traditional lighting in favor of more planet-friendly compact fluorescent light bulbs and LEDs. In an article I read, it stated “The Lighting Efficiency Coalition - an amalgam of several environmental groups and their corporate allies - supports legislation to promote the switch to less energy-intensive lighting through energy consumption standards for lighting, green buying programs for government agencies and financial incentives for consumers.”

This coalition is a great example of the relationship between Baptists (environmental groups) and bootleggers (manufacturers). According to the coalition the US could save around 18 billion dollars in annual electricity costs, which would in turn eliminate 158 million tons of carbon dioxide from the atmosphere. The coalition however seems to ignore how much more the new bulbs will cost. They also fail to mention that the fluorescent and LED lights contain toxins such as lead and mercury, which need special recycling centers to properly dispose of(many cities do not have proper recycling centers). Calling these bulbs environmentally safe is blasphemy, in actuality we would be exchanging one bad for another.

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