Fact is we HAVE to do things different. We simply have to. I would rather see state governments hold a lottery and draw 1 in 4 houses and at no cost to the homeowner than what we all pay in taxes install solar panels in parts of the country where solar is most viable (or offer no interest loans and reduced costs with the homeowner having the right to opt out of they choose) than to see them piss more money away in social programs and 'stimulus' programs that simply add to the debt. The increased demand would have the natural benefit of reducing cost of solar panels overall AND reducing consumption of fossil fuels...reduced demand equals reduced prices. At the same time we should be going after every available fuel system there is while continuously searching for a viable replacement for fossil fuels. There are SO MANY things we should be doing different...better...smarter.
Yes - people can pay less - for things made in China and Mexico. That's great for America isn't it? Aren't we trying to bring jobs back to this country? Inspire and incite manufacturing and technology growth in this country?
As I've stated earlier, CFL's (curly bulbs) have some definite and direct environmental issues.
Funneling money into American technology and American manufacturing is a perfectly reasonable use of TAX dollars.
Nobody is forcing anybody to buy $50 light bulbs, but if the long-run product helps this country on multiple fronts it's money well spent.
How many billions of dollars do we give to Pakistan?
Yeah - I have no problem with funding USA led technology and innovation. Even if the initial cost is too high for the average person to justify.
I buy 50.00 dollar light bulbs all the time. Sometimes more.
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In tie, I think most lighting will be very affordable LED's, but til they come down in price, I think CFL's are a great choice that is less costly but still saves a great deal of electricity.
Light bulb electric use is nibbling around the edges. It is heating elements that use the most energy and that is where technological advances could make a real difference. When you make your toast in the morning you are using 1000- 1500 watts. Then theres your stove and oven, water heater, hair dryer, clothes dryers , heaters and yes even your fridge.Heating elements are the big user of electricity. Not to mention AC in summer, deep well pumps and various other 220 volt appliances. Then theres television, computers, video games etc etc. Lighting is the last thing we should be paying 10 million for not the first.
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