Keep making sense like this, and you'll be labeled a fake conservative.You have more dangerous substances under your kitchen sink. People keep harping on the evil mercury in these bulbs as an way to show how bad the government is and how much they must want to poison you.
However, not everyone is a light bulb breaking klutz. It’s not like CFLs are guaranteed to break at some point… Just be careful, dammit!
Btw… how small is your house that you are standing within a foot of your lighting fixtures? Even if what you say is true on that count, that wouldn’t seem to be very hard to avoid, unless you have 6’ ceilings and rooms that are 3’ square.
Personally, I find the benefits to far outweigh any alleged hazards, as would anyone who takes the time to do a proper cost/benefit analysis.
Seems to me, just based on the small sampling just within this thread, that it’s gaining ground rather well. Count how many people here claim to have replaced all their bulbs already versus those who want to cling to their more inefficient bulbs. Here’s a hint: The converts are not all green-thumb, save-the-earthers either.
Trust me, I don’t have a track record of advocating big government in any way on this forum. I already stated that I don’t think the government has any business telling me how to light my home, BUT I fail to see why we’re all trying to make a big deal out of something that most people will likely be willing to do on their own anyway. Technology gets old and outdated, there’s nothing wrong with converting to newer and better tech, but people seem to throwing a fit just because the government has decided that an older technology should not be produced in favor of a newer one. Like I said earlier, there’s a reason we don’t use the Pony Express anymore. Shame on the US government for taking away your right to have your mail delivered by horse!
One final thing… Get this: You DON’T HAVE TO USE CFLs. There are halogen bulbs, LED bulbs and, according to the article, even your precious incandescents can still be manufactured, they will just be held to a more conservative energy standard. People are getting all worked up over nothing.