D.C. Dim Bulbs Outlaw Edison’s Greatest Gift

December 21, 2010 07:47

Banning a product that has been used safely for more than 100 years in favor of Chinese imported CFLs that pose considerable health risks is yet another example of more government intrusion into Americans’ personal lives.”

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If we want to continue to enjoy the bright, warm light that Thomas Edison’s incandescent bulb radiates, Congress will have to repeal Subtitle B of Title III of the Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007.

CFLs are so toxic because of the mercury in the glass tubing, the cleanup procedure spelled out by the Environmental Protection Agency is downright scary.

CFLs must be rather dangerous if they will pollute the sewage.

CFL bulbs don’t work well in colder temperatures, and most cannot handle dimmer switches; broken CFL bulbs allegedly cause migraines and epilepsy attacks. Their supposed capacity to save energy is exaggerated because, since CFLs do not emit as much heat, we’ll have to compensate by turning up our thermostats in winter months.

The one result of CFLs we are sure about is they export American jobs to China, where manufacturers benefit from cheap labor. General Electric has already closed factories in Kentucky and Ohio, and this month it is closing its major light bulb factory in Winchester, Va., that employed 200 people.


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