Category Archives: Europe

Who says Germans don’t have a sense of Humor?

From Freedom Light Bulb blog post In a continued “save for posterity” effort of the German blog Otitis Media di Monaco (see earlier post), a look at his stamp collection in a GDR or for that matter EUSSR or a … Continue reading

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Dumped CFLs declared an “Acute Crisis” by Minister in Europe

As earlier reported in December 2011 on the Freedom Light Bulb blog, and no doubt predictable for readers of this blog, it seems some politicians are actually waking up to the issues of dumped CFLs and mercury release… rather belatedly. … Continue reading

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Manufacturers lie about compact fluorescent light bulbs

The European Union has admitted that compact fluorescent light bulbs aren’t as bright as traditional incandescent light bulbs, and that claims about the amount of light they produce are exaggerated, according to a report in the Telegraph: Buyers of the … Continue reading

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Euro light bulb ban rage is big news in the United States

NBC Nightly News ran a story last night on opposition to the European Union’s ban of incandescent light bulbs. Here is a transcript: BRIAN WILLIAMS: If you’re a fan of old-school lightbulbs – and this is the point where we … Continue reading

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The great compact fluorescent light bulb hoax

Compact fluorescent light bulbs are portrayed as the savior of our planet by environmentalists.  But the European Union’s ban on using incandescent light bulbs will cut Britain’s yearly emissions of carbon dioxide by about 0.64%, according to New Scientist.  Since … Continue reading

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Michael Hanlon skewers light bulb Eurobureaucrats

A columnist for the UK’s Daily Mail, Michael Hanlon explains how foolish it is for European bureaucrats to ban incandescent light bulbs: It’s all so dispiriting — and so utterly illogical. For while no one disputes that we must all … 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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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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