Philipinos switching to CFL bulbs: poor hardest hit

The Philippine government and the Asian Development Bank launched a campaign today (Sept. 26) to replace power-hungry incandescent light bulbs with more efficient compact fluorescent lamps,” according to a story at PhilStar.com. Compact fluorescent light bulbs contain mercury, one 0f the most toxic substances on Earth.  Mercury causes brain damage.  It makes water unsafe to drink.  It makes fish unsafe to eat.  So this effort by the Phillipine government and the Asian Development Bank is seriously misguided. But it gets worse:
In the first large-scale “Switch to CFL” program in Asia, President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo and ADB officials exchanged energy-saving CFLs for old-fashioned incandescent bulbs in the homes of 2,000 poor families in Manila’s Tondo district.
Isn’t it bad enough to be poor in Manila without the government confiscating your safe light bulbs and forcing you to use dangerous ones?
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