"He who does not think himself worth saving from poverty and ignorance by his own efforts, will hardly be thought worth the efforts of anybody else." -- Frederick Douglass, Self-Made Men (1872)
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meh.. I have the new swirlies all over my house.. I didn't like them at first, but i've gotten used to them.
oddly enough, I didn't need to be told by mommy government to make the change... I did it all on my own, like a big boy.
but really, I can afford to make the change, because..well... i'm not poor.
lots of folks don't have the money to be making changes.. even if the high up front cost benefits them in the long run.
the minute that brought up is the minute we start seeing cries for government subsidies of efficient light bulbs for the poor... and even more cries of raising taxes on the evil despicable rich people to pay for those subsidies..
Treat the earth well: it was not given to you by your parents, it was loaned to you by your children. We do not inherit the Earth from our Ancestors, we borrow it from our Children. ~ Ancient American Indian Proverb
Well the only reason I don't like being forced is because all the new bulbs are made in China. You know why? To dangerous to do it here. So who cares if Chinese workers die as long as we get longer lasting cheaper light bulbs.
When British consumers are compelled to buy energy-efficient light bulbs in 2012, they will save up to five million tons of carbon dioxide a year from being pumped into the atmosphere. In China, however, a heavy environmental price is being paid for the production of green light bulbs in cost-cutting factories.
Large numbers of Chinese workers have been poisoned by mercury, which forms part of the compact fluorescent light bulbs. A surge in foreign demand, set off by a European Union directive making the bulbs compulsory within three years, has also led to the reopening of mercury mines that have ruined the environment. - Earth-Friendly Light Bulbs Have Dark Secret
Now who's fault is this in the US?
House democrats blocked the repeal of the light bulb ban. A majority of Americans oppose the government’s unpopular and unnecessary ban on incandescent bulbs and infringement on choice. On January 1 2012, 100 watt incandescent bulbs will become illegal, with lower wattages to follow. - Lights Out… Democrats Block Repeal of Lightbulb Ban – Vote Gives Jobs to China | The Gateway Pundit
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I only read two pages. If the level of mercury is that dangerous then I think the people should be inform properly that it can cause harm. I believe govt can request companies to put it in the warning label section of old light bulbs on the box about the high level of mercury. Then let the market decide if it goes out of fashion or not. There likely be some people who still want to use the old light bulbs but that is their business.
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"We ain't a sharp species. We kill each other over arguments about what happens when you die, then fail to see the ******* irony in that." - Justin Halpern
Electricity is NOT the most expensive form of heat. My last two houses have been heated by electricity. My neighbor has gas heat and spends twice what we do each winter heating his home.