Skip to comments.The Myth of Killer Mercury
Posted on 05/29/2011 10:31:28 AM PDT by I got the rope
By WILLIE SOON AND PAUL DRIESSEN The Environmental Protection Agency recently issued 946 pages of new rules requiring that U.S. power plants sharply reduce their (already low) emissions of mercury and other air pollutants. EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson claims that while the regulations will cost electricity producers $10.9 billion annually, they will save 17,000 lives and generate up to $140 billion in health benefits. There is no factual basis for these assertions. To build its case against mercury, the EPA systematically ignored evidence and clinical studies that contradict its regulatory agenda, which is to punish hydrocarbon use. Mercury has always existed naturally in Earth's environment. A 2009 study found mercury deposits in Antarctic ice across 650,000 years. Mercury is found in air, water, rocks, soil and trees, which absorb it from the environment. This is why our bodies evolved with proteins and antioxidants that help protect us from this and other potential contaminants. Another defense comes from selenium, which is found in fish and animals. Its strong attraction to mercury molecules protects fish and people against buildups of methylmercury, mercury's biologically active and more toxic form. Even so, the 200,000,000 tons of mercury naturally present in seawater have never posed a danger to any living being.
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You can't ban an element on the periodic table. This is just another way for the EPA to take control using regulations. The mercury science is just as bad as the climate science.
271 comments so far. LOL
40 years ago we used to play with mercury in science class. Being the only metal that was liquid at room temperature was very cool. As far as I know, I’m still alive (unless I’ve died and gone to hell and just can’t tell the difference).
If mercury is so dangerous, why is the government requiring that we bring it into our homes in these stupid cfl bulbs?
I have no doubt that mercury is toxic but there are far more dangerous things to worry about.
LOL - A buddy of mine back in the ‘50s used to carry a really shiny, slippery quarter around with him at all times. He’s dead now but not from mercury poisoning.
If mercury was as lethal as proclaimed, dental assistants and dentists would have a very short life expectancy considering how much they are exposed to it in their work.
This isn’t about “safety” of the public, its about control of the public.
I played with mercury also, all paint was lead based, we had leaded gasoline, we even rode bicycles without helmets!!! Just because some parent had an idiot kid who ingested mercury or paint chips the government has come in to take control. Because they know better. The government is the idiot parent!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Mercury, metallic mercury, has been used as a folk remedy for decades.
Also, Santaria uses metal mercury, as do some other Carribean practices:
If Hg were as deadly as EPA wishes it to be, it would be an obvious health problem. Consider that a drop of Hg can shut down a State-monopoly school for a week, yet a Santaria practitioner will sprinkle a gram on their floors for “health and luck”.
EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson claims that while the regulations will cost electricity producers $10.9 billion annually, they will save 17,000 lives and generate up to $140 billion in health benefits. There is no factual basis for these assertions. To build its case against mercury, the EPA systematically ignored evidence and clinical studies that contradict its regulatory agenda, which is to punish hydrocarbon use.
> we even rode bicycles without helmets!!!
You daredevil, you !!!
Metallic mercury is not the main problem. It’s the organic compounds it forms in nature or that are man-made. They are far from harmless. One drop of dimethyl mercury is deadly.
Here’s an interesting article.
“271 comments so far. LOL”
Mostly ripping the article and Soon. I’ve only read about 50 so far though.
So there is Hg in Sea Salt?
Though its nothing to laugh at, unless you wipe up mercury [without gloves] and then lick your hand, youre probably going to be okay.
What is the proper way to handle a broken CFL?
Open the windows and let the room air out for 15 to 30 minutes, then remove as much material as possible without a vacuum cleaner. Using disposable gloves, scoop the glass onto a piece of cardboard and wipe the area with a wet paper towel. For smaller pieces of glass and powder, use duct tape to pull up the fragments and wash your hands after cleaning up the debris.
Another public service by EPA (EVERYONE'S PAIN in the ASS)
> the regulations will cost electricity producers $10.9 billion annually,
No, it will NOT.
It WILL coast electricity consumers $10.9 billion.
Producers pay nothing, they just pass along the costs.
Same here. Coach ... who doubled as the science teacher had a jar of mercury and went around to each kid and poured a bit in our hands so we could play with it while he lectured about it in class.
So they can ban the CFL bulbs, and make us dependent on them for light.
The regulations will cost electricity CONSUMERS $10.9 billion annually!
There, fixed it!
Yes, indeed. Next on the EPA hit list is di-hydrogenoxide. Do you know how many bilions of dollars will be saved when we finally ban this most dangerous of compounds?
So they can play musical chairs with our income. Next step is banning cfl bulbs, bringing back candles or something.
I listened to a presentation at e Bostn Sci Museum last mont. It was given by a leading expert From MIT. She clearly showed that the US produces very little mercury emissions, but is poisened but those of China and other developing countries. The US governs the mercury emissions, and the others don’t. Mercury gets into the atmosphere and deposits on us. We could eliminate all of our mercury and that wont change the level of poluton we suffer. The answer has to come from China and others; fat chance of that.
So let’s pass more feel good laws that shackle our businesses. Let’s pretend we are responsible and pay for false promises. Let’s pretend that government isn’t the problem, the cause of America’s ills.
If that was true, regulations wouldn't drive producers into bankruptcy, which they routinely do. I suggest you brush up on the economic substitution effect and the indifference curve.
The point is, there is a limit to what customers will pay when regulations drive up the price of a good before they seek a substitute good.
The benefits of hormesis are also being ignored.
In Hell the President of the United States is a half-Kenyan Marxist.
Nice way to come out swinging. Your initials should be KO.
‘I’ve been using CFL bulbs for over ten years now. The little old house here has those post-wwii globe fixtures, screws to open ‘em, and I got tired of the incandescents (including 130 volt, oven, and fan bulbs) burning out all the time.
I’ve never replaced any of the CFLs.
I’ve never had them burn the house down, blow up, break, make any noises, anything.
I’m sure that the psychics around here are ready to tell me how I’m *going* to have all those problems, just like psychics of a different rant have told me that it’s only a matter of time before I’m victimized by police brutality.
Take a guess how many have died due to methyl mercury in the U.S.
One was a hog farmer in New Mexico — fungacide
the other was a researcher...she dropped a drop of it on her arm. Died within weeks.
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Good post. The government doesn’t talk about that anymore.
Doesn’t China put lead in their candles, or maybe in the wicks? How many items does China dump on the U.S. with banned substances?
"Although the name "Mad Hatter" was clearly done and inspired by the phrase "as mad as a hatter", there is some uncertainty as to the origins of this phrase. Mercury was used in the process of curing pelts used in some hats, making it impossible for hatters to avoid inhaling the mercury fumes given off during the hat making process; hatters and mill workers thus often suffered mercury poisoning, causing neurological damage, including confused speech and distorted vision."
Ive been using CFL bulbs for over ten years, now I don’t have to leave the comfort and safety of my computer chair.
And as far as police brutality experiences go, turn on your ESP. Use your CFT (Canya Feel This) bulb. I’ll share.
That $10.9 billion will be lining somebody's pockets. Most likely those with political connections.
I was merely pointing out that there is a difference between a handful of metallic mercury and its compounds, especially organic. A number on FR seem to think if the one is OK, then mercury is not dangerous at all.
“Minamata disease” (methylmercury poisoning) killed a couple thousand in Japan and left a bunch messed up.
Neither over-hyping nor under-hyping the danger of mercury is a good idea.
The Feds trying to make a big fuss about Mercury is not about the element, it is about Glenn Beck’s company, LOL.
Got an eye on you.
Obviously, the precursor to liberalism.
I love CFLs. I once got some for free. The next best price I paid was 17 cents a bulb for about 2 dozen bulbs. I watch for sales and I’ve never paid more than 45 cents a bulb.
I’ve replaced some, but they lasted years and years of continual use. I like the low electric bill, coupled to the low prices paid initially my savings are enormous. The ones I got for free gave me an infinite return. ;-]
I also can help you with the police brutality thing. FReepmail me your home address.
Can I make my tuna salad sandwiches again?
Like I told ya, it wasn’t the mercury that did us in, it was the mayo. Just use Miracle Whip and we will be fine, just fine.
Riding bicycles without helmets on GRAVEL in shorts, riding in the back of pickup trucks, no seatbelt on long cross-country trips, real sugar in our soft drinks, pbj lunches, REAL firecrackers and fireworks, etc etc.
Not to mention some of our experiments, like the “Fearless Fosdick Front-Wheel Foot Brake”. That one you only used ONCE! < BG >
It’s a miracle we’re alive at all, I’ll tell ya!
Forgive me if it is obvious, but I don’t get the quarter, could you explain to a sometimes dense me?
>> “If mercury is so dangerous, why is the government requiring that we bring it into our homes in these stupid cfl bulbs?” <<
Or allowing dentists to stuff our teeth with it?
Hypocrisy, Government is thy name.