Monthly Archives: July 2009

Recycling won’t stop health dangers from light bulbs

According to Inhabitat.com, compact fluorescent light bulbs are a very serious health hazard: Mercury from energy production and broken CFL bulbs seeps into soil and water and usually ends up in the bodies of fish. Animals or people who then … Continue reading

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Canada is wising up to the dangers of compact fluorescent light bulbs

In the Vancouver Sun, Bronwyn Eyre explains: Nothing better illustrates an instance of the cure being worse than the disease than our rush to buy mercury-containing, compact fluorescent light bulbs. Demonizing the traditional light bulb as energy inefficient, we’re embracing … Continue reading

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South Africans urged to be careful with compact fluorescent light bulbs

“Take extra care when using new globes” is the warning issued by the Daily Dispatch in South Africa: COMPACT fluorescent light bulbs (CFLs) are generally welcomed as a more efficient alternative to incandescent bulbs – but environmentalists and health experts … Continue reading

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Europeans hoard incandescent light bulbs ahead of ban

Government interference with light bulbs isn’t confined to the United States.  The European Union is also banning incandescent light bulbs.  SPIEGEL ONLINE International reports the reaction from consumers: As the Sept. 1 deadline for the implementation of the first phase … Continue reading

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Shocking behavior by light bulb shills

Superior Lightning, which calls itself “Ft. Lauderdale’s leader in energy efficient light bulbs”, issued a press release titled “CFLs Made EZ” on July 24.  It extols the virtues of compact fluorescent light bulbs: They help the environment: CFL lamps leave … Continue reading

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An environmental catastrophe in the making

LightBulbRecycling.com quantifies the alarming environmental damages from compact fluorescent light bulbs: The mercury from one fluorescent bulb can pollute 6,000 gallons of water beyond safe levels for drinking. It only takes 1 teaspoon of mercury to contaminate a 20-acre lake … Continue reading

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Fast growing dangers from compact fluorescent light bulbs

At Beliefnet.com, Erin Manning reports this unsettling news about compact fluorescent light bulbs (CFLs): CFLs contain mercury, which is especially toxic to fetal and early childhood brain development, and requires them to be properly disposed or recycled. Without proper recycling, … Continue reading

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America says “Hands off my light bulbs!”

From Rasmussen Reports: Washington’s got another bright idea that most Americans don’t like. Just 18% of adults think it’s the government’s job to tell Americans what kind of light bulb they use, according to a new Rasmussen Reports national telephone … Continue reading

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John Stossel’s Take on “Dim Bulbs”

John Stossel wrote about the federal government’s ban on incandescent light bulbs and dangers of compact fluorescent light bulbs yesterday, and asked:  “So what are we supposed to do when we have to dispose of the bulbs?”  He supplied an … Continue reading

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Dangerous “dim bulbs”

“Dim Bulbs” is the lead article in the July/August of The Freeman. It’s about compact fluorescent light bulbs. After discussing some of the many ways these bulbs are inferior to incandescent bulbs, author Michael Heberling turns to the dangers from … Continue reading

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