Monthly Archives: August 2009

Bad light

Compact fluorescent light bulbs aren’t everything they’re cracked up to be, says Howard Brandston in today’s Wall Street Journal: The Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007 will effectively phase out incandescent light bulbs by 2012-2014 in favor of compact … Continue reading

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John Walsh stands up to light bulb Eurobureaucrats

Writer and commentator John Walsh says what lots of people are probably thinking about the European Union’s ban of incandescent light bulbs: From a week today I shall be a marked man. An outlaw. A renegade, beyond the reach of … Continue reading

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Consumer groups unhappy with Euro light bulb ban

Incandescent light bulbs will start disappearing from store shelves in Europe next week, as the European Union’s light bulb ban starts taking effect. Consumer groups in Europe are highlighting the health dangers of compact fluorescent light bulbs, according to a … Continue reading

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Beware Britain’s light bulb snoops

“The public have been asked to ‘snoop’ on shopkeepers who continue to sell traditional light bulbs banned by Europe,” reports the Telegraph: From September 1, it will be illegal to import conventional pearl or frosted bulbs of any shape or … Continue reading

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How much would you pay to save the planet?

Waste Management Corporation’s “EarthMate” compact fluorescent light bulbs come in a postage-paid box so you can send them back for recycling after they’ve burned out. Included is a “Mercury VaporLok” container so that there will be no mercury spill if … Continue reading

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CFL light bulbs are making a terrible mercury pollution problem even worse

An Associated Press story about mercury pollution in the United States has this shocking news: No fish can escape mercury pollution. That’s the take-home message from a federal study of mercury contamination released Wednesday that tested fish from nearly 300 … Continue reading

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Recycle or mutate!

Kate Kelly’s very informative Huffington Post piece about compact flourescent light bulbs tells us this: In 2008 industry experts reported that only 2 percent of all CFL bulbs were being recycled. Fluorescent bulbs that are not recycled go into the … Continue reading

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Dangerous misinformation about mercury in compact fluorescent light bulbs

Proponents of compact fluorescent light bulbs often play down the fact that these light bulbs contain mercury, a dangerous neurotoxin.  For example, Cindi Hinton dishes out this nonsense on Examiner.com: They only contain 1.4 to 4 milligrams of mercury. That’s … Continue reading

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A good idea followed by a bad one

Richard Kaplan, the mayor of Lauderhill, Florida, had what he thought was a good idea to reduce his city’s lighting bill.  A story in the Sun Sentinel explains the idea: why not use federal stimulus dollars to pay for swapping … Continue reading

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Canadian eco-terrorism is even worse than we thought

Two days ago we wrote about a Canadian “environmentalist” group’s plan to distribute 2,000 dangerous compact fluorescent light bulbs in Bloomfield, New Jersey.  It turns out we only scratched the surface on Project Porchlight’s attempt to spread hazardous mercury to … Continue reading

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