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Friday, February 04, 2011

What's Wrong With Those New Light Bulbs?

Today I'm telling you more about a new law called the Energy Independence and Security Act, which is designed to banthe electric light bulbs we've always been using, and instead force us to buy a new kind of light bulb called a CFL that is made in China. They don't give as much light as the bulbs we have been using, but they are supposed to be more environmentally proper. I think that is doubtful. CFLs are so toxic because of the mercury in the glass tubing that the cleanup procedure spelled out by the Environmental Protection Agency is downright scary. The EPA warns that if we break a Chinese CFL, we must take the pieces to a recycling center and not launder any "clothing or bedding [that the bulb touches] because mercury fragments in the clothing may contaminate the [washing] machine and/or pollute sewage." CFLs must be pretty dangerous if they will pollute the sewage.

Globalists give us the usual propaganda about an obligation to conform U.S. policy to the rest of the world. Cuba banned the sale and importation of all incandescent light bulbs in 2005 and ordered Cubans to use the Chinese CFLs, but surely we should not take our lead from Cuba.

If the new bulbs are really better, Americans don't need government to force us to buy a new product. We easily advanced from kerosene lamps to Edison's light bulbs, from horse and carriage to automobiles, and from cassettes to CDs and DVDs, without any laws to mandate those changes.

Congressman Fred Upton said, "We have heard the grassroots loud and clear, and will have a hearing early this year. The last thing we wanted to do was infringe on personal liberties -- this has been a good lesson that Congress does not always know best." Make sure your Congressman hears you loud and clear.

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