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'Green' lightbulbs poison workers
http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/news/world/asia/article6211261.ece ^ | 5/3/2009 | Michael Sheridan, Foshan

Posted on 05/09/2009 4:30:22 PM PDT by television is just wrong

WHEN British consumers are compelled to buy energy-efficient lightbulbs from 2012, they will save up to 5m 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” lightbulbs in cost-cutting factories. Large numbers of Chinese workers have been poisoned by mercury, which forms part of the compact fluorescent lightbulbs. A surge in foreign demand, set off by a European Union directive making these bulbs compulsory within three years, has also led to the reopening of mercury mines that have ruined the environment. Doctors, regulators, lawyers and courts in China - which supplies two thirds of the compact fluorescent bulbs sold in Britain - are increasingly alert to the potential impacts on public health of an industry that promotes itself as a friend of the earth but depends on highly toxic mercury.

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TOPICS: Culture/Society; Miscellaneous; News/Current Events; United Kingdom
KEYWORDS: cfl; china; environmental; lightbulbs; madeinchina; manufacturing; mercury; poisoning; workplace
How's that green doing for you?
1 posted on 05/09/2009 4:30:22 PM PDT by television is just wrong
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To: television is just wrong

Well, it might provide jobs for American firms to clean up the mess after enough Chinese are poisoned.


2 posted on 05/09/2009 4:33:53 PM PDT by Gondring (Paul Revere would have been flamed as a naysayer troll and told to go back to Boston.)
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To: television is just wrong

Ever broken a light-bulb? Me, too. That’s a good enough reason not to let one of those “green” bulbs anywhere around me – law be damned.


3 posted on 05/09/2009 4:33:57 PM PDT by Pravious
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To: television is just wrong
Yep. A Trillion of these things filling up landfills or being ‘Recycled’. Just about as bad as the Ethanol Myth. And these nut-jobs oppose Nuclear.
4 posted on 05/09/2009 4:37:22 PM PDT by TCats
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We made it illegal to produce them here. Now we get a less safe lower quality product from China where they just say screw the environment.

For the sake of disclosure I like the bulbs but the chinese quality is pretty low.


5 posted on 05/09/2009 4:37:26 PM PDT by cripplecreek (The poor bastards have us surrounded.)
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Between that and what the battery of a Toyota Prius does to the environment,I am sure glad I am not green!


6 posted on 05/09/2009 4:38:19 PM PDT by conservative cat (America, you have been PWNED!)
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Where are the protesting mothers in this situation? Mercury in fillings & vacinations for their children have resulted in outrage & organized movements & MSM sympathy!!!!

It’s time to start a mothers movement against mercury contaning light bulbs!


7 posted on 05/09/2009 4:43:55 PM PDT by Bluebird Singing
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To: television is just wrong

The hard core environmentalists don’t care about people.


8 posted on 05/09/2009 4:44:35 PM PDT by unkus
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9 posted on 05/09/2009 4:48:09 PM PDT by JACKRUSSELL
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To: unkus
The hard core environmentalists don’t care about people.

You may have meant that sort of tongue in cheek but it's absolutely true. China has become a giant toxic waste dump so the "greens" can feel good about themselves. Cancer, birth defects, and respiratory illnesses are on a dramatic rise over there.
10 posted on 05/09/2009 4:50:53 PM PDT by SpaceBar
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I was thinking today that a new F*ck The Planet movement needs to be started.


11 posted on 05/09/2009 4:51:59 PM PDT by dforest
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I just bought a set of LED bulbs at SAMS. I’ll see how those work out.


12 posted on 05/09/2009 4:56:22 PM PDT by antiRepublicrat
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In China, however, a heavy environmental price is being paid for the production of “green” lightbulbs in cost-cutting factories. Large numbers of Chinese workers have been poisoned by mercury, which forms part of the compact fluorescent lightbulbs.

That's OK. There's a lot of money to be made by China off of the dead Chinese workers: They've got those "dead people exhibits" that are touring the country. Heck, I thought it was all just political prisoners... Chris Stigall calls them the "Dead Chinamen in the basement" exhibits!

Mark

13 posted on 05/09/2009 4:58:33 PM PDT by MarkL (Do I really look like a guy with a plan?)
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To: SpaceBar

I did not say it with tongue in cheek. They are evil.


14 posted on 05/09/2009 5:01:25 PM PDT by unkus
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To: antiRepublicrat
I just bought a set of LED bulbs at SAMS. I’ll see how those work out.

I would be very interested in your results with those. :)

15 posted on 05/09/2009 5:06:37 PM PDT by The Duke (I have met the enemy, and he is named 'Apathy'!)
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To: indylindy

LOL!


16 posted on 05/09/2009 5:08:11 PM PDT by Comparative Advantage
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To: antiRepublicrat
I bought some at Target. These are some wall-mounted bulbs (shaped like a shield, you stick them to the wall). The light is bright but the quality has been hit-and-miss.

Some of them died within a couple of weeks.

Cheers!

17 posted on 05/09/2009 5:11:42 PM PDT by grey_whiskers (The opinions are solely those of the author and are subject to change without notice.)
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the potential impacts on public health of an industry that promotes itself as a friend of the earth but depends on highly toxic mercury.

When they burn out, you could always toss them into the open windows of cars sporting commie bumper stickers.

18 posted on 05/09/2009 5:27:56 PM PDT by ROCKLOBSTER (RATs...nothing more than Bald Haired Hippies!)
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China, however, a heavy environmental price is being paid for the production of “green” lightbulbs in cost-cutting factories. Large numbers of Chinese workers have been poisoned by mercury, which forms part of the compact fluorescent lightbulbs.

Chinese people have suffered adverse health affects in almost every case of products manufactured over there. There is no equivalent of OSHA or the EPA in China. Every time you "buy cheap" at WalMart, you vaporize American jobs and quite literally kill Chinese people.

19 posted on 05/09/2009 6:11:51 PM PDT by GingisK
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What a crock!

Regular long-tube fluorescents contain far more Hg than do compact fluorescents. How often have you heard of workers in standard fluorescent factories being Hg-poisoned?

20 posted on 05/09/2009 8:29:51 PM PDT by TXnMA ("Allah": Satan's current alias...!!)
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To: ROCKLOBSTER

I REALLY like your idea. Seriously.

I’ve actually been keeping my lights off a lot just so that my incadescents don’t burn out so fast. I hate flourescent light and don’t know what I’ll do when that’s all I can buy. They have this tiny, minute flicker that my eyes can see and it drives me nuts. Not everyone can see it.


21 posted on 05/10/2009 6:38:02 AM PDT by EggsAckley ("There's an Ethiopian in the fuel supply." W.C Fields)
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