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  • The $1.1T bill: School lunches, light bulbs, pot

    12/12/2014 4:58:32 PM PST · by Libloather · 7 replies
    MSN ^ | 12/12/14 | CONNIE CASS
    **SNIP** SCHOOL LUNCHES: Eases rules requiring more whole grains in school lunches and suspends the lower sodium standards due to take effect in 2017, while keeping other healthy-eating rules. Some school nutrition directors — and some students complaining of yucky lunches — lobbied for a break from the standards championed by first lady Michelle Obama. **SNIP** MARIJUANA: Offers a mixed bag for pot smokers. The bill blocks the Justice Department from raiding medical marijuana dispensaries in states that permit them. But it also blocks federal and local spending to legalize marijuana in Washington, D.C., where voters approved recreational use in...
  • Newly Installed White House Solar Panels Will Generate Power For a Whopping Six Light Bulbs

    05/11/2014 11:23:57 AM PDT · by Nachum · 48 replies
    IJReview ^ | Soopermexican
    In case you had any doubt about the efficacy of government, just consider the four year struggle to get solar panels on the White House, which has culminated in the breathless announcement that they will now generate the power to run all of six light bulbs. Here’s the pivotal sentence of the announcement: And while the energy produced by the White House panels may not be all too significant—they’ll generate an estimated 6.3 kilowatts worth of energy—the message it sends is. Oh good another “symbolic” achievement by Obama – he’s getting great at those! Not so much at actual achievements,...
  • Conservatives Shy Away from Light Bulbs With Eco-Friendly Labels

    05/09/2013 3:10:44 PM PDT · by Libloather · 71 replies
    Live sScience ^ | 4/30/13 | Megan Gannon
    Conservatives may be less likely to buy energy efficient light bulbs if they're packaged as environmentally friendly, new research suggests. In one study, participants were given $2 to spend on a light bulb with a choice between a 50-cent incandescent bulb and a $1.50 compact fluorescent light (CFL) bulb. They were told the CFL bulb would last 9,000 more hours and reduce energy costs by 75 percent compared with the old-fashioned bulb. Both liberal and conservative participants were more likely to choose the CFL bulb, the researchers found. But if the CFL bulb was marked with a sticker that said...
  • Plastic light bulbs have all the benefits of LEDs, none of the downsides

    12/03/2012 8:54:16 AM PST · by LibWhacker · 38 replies
    The Verge ^ | 12/3/12 | Ben Kersey
    Scientists at the Wake Forest University have created a new type of light bulb that promises to be just as efficient as LED equivalents, but without any of the drawbacks. The new field-induced polymer electroluminescent bulbs — FIPEL for short — produce light when an electric current is passed through the nano-engineered plastic layers. The team says that the new type of bulbs are malleable, allowing them to take any shape like compact fluorescent lamps. They also won’t shatter like traditional bulbs, nor will they generate the same hum or flicker. The inventor of FIPEL, Dr David Carroll, believes that...
  • Compact Fluorescent Bulbs Could Cause Ultraviolet Damage to Skin

    07/27/2012 1:02:43 PM PDT · by Blackyce · 15 replies
    Popular Science ^ | 07/19/12 | Colin Lecher
    science,colin_lecher,cfl_bulbs,environment,health,light,lightbulbs,radiation,research,science,sustainability,technology,uv_rays science 63791 Compact Fluorescent Bulbs Could Cause Ultraviolet Damage to Skin By Colin Lecher Posted 07.19.2012 at 3:42 pm18 Comments CFL Bulb Wikimedia Commons We know CFL bulbs are world-changingly efficient, producing the same level of light as their incandescent parents while using a quarter of the energy. But they're still a relatively new device, and few long-term studies have been carried out on them. One of the most recent, a new report from a team at Stony Brook, suggests CFLs might cause damage to skin by releasing UV rays. Researchers rounded up CFL bulbs from two counties...
  • Free light bulbs Saturday at The Home Depot in Natomas

    01/27/2012 12:57:42 PM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 22 replies
    Sacramento Bee ^ | January 27, 2012 | by Debbie Arrington
    Shine some light on potential energy savings - and get some free bulbs, too. The Home Depot's store in Sacramento will offer a free workshop on energy-efficient light bulbs, the store will give away 200 CFL bulbs to attendees. The compact fluorescent lights are among the replacement options for traditional incandescent bulbs now being phased out. This educational workshop will detail the phase-out and various lighting options as well as provide handy tips for installing specialty light bulbs, fixtures and dimmer switches.
  • Upset about Big Brother's Ban on Incandescent Bulbs? Buy a Heatball!

    12/30/2011 8:40:21 AM PST · by Paladins Prayer · 39 replies
    American Thinker ^ | December 30, 2011 | Selwyn Duke
    This is just too good. Many of you know that in a few days the federal ban on conventional incandescent light bulbs will go into effect. And while House Republicans included a provision in a recent spending bill that will block funding for the ban's enforcement, it's said that it will have little effect; manufacturers have prepared for the new standards and will no doubt abide by the law. So does this mean we'll be forced to buy more expensive LED (light emitting diode) or CFL (compact fluorescent light) bulbs, the latter being those squiggly things said to be loaded...
  • Path to 'Light Freedom' Bill Passage Still Unclear

    10/21/2011 12:37:45 PM PDT · by MichCapCon · 3 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 10/21/2011 | Jack Spencer
    Legislation that could let Michigan escape the federal phaseout and ban on traditional light bulbs is now in the Senate Regulatory Reform Committee. As widely expected, House Bill 4815 was passed on a 62-46 mostly party-line vote in the GOP-controlled House last week. Rep. Matthew Lori, R-Constantine, was the lone Republican to vote against the legislation, while Rep. Richard LeBlanc, D-Westland, was the lone Democrat to vote in favor of it. Rep. Kurt Damrow, R-Port Austin, was not present. Now that the measure has moved over to the Senate, its fate is uncertain. Not only is it unclear what the...
  • Is Obsolete Tech an Inalienable Right? (supporting tyranny)

    07/19/2011 6:18:23 PM PDT · by Halfmanhalfamazing · 12 replies
    Gizmodo ^ | July 12th | Sam Biddle
    Sam Biddle — Today's superfluous political grappling comes via Texas, where Republican rep Joe Barton's incensed by legislation mandating efficient incandescent lightbulbs. Rather, he and his backers claim, Americans should be able to screw-in whatever they damn please. Is old tech really a liberty? ... But to Barton it's not about efficiency. It's not about technology at all. It's about Ye Olde Blood Stained Tree of Liberty: the bulb law (and the push to repeal it) "Is about more than just energy consumption. It is about personal freedom." Well, not so fast, Joe. Beyond anything but the most stringent enshrinement...
  • How many lawmakers does it take to...(Make incandescent light bulbs illegal)

    07/17/2011 9:49:03 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 47 replies
    Boston Globe ^ | 07/15/2011 | Jeff Jacoby
    IN 5½ months, the sale of traditional 100-watt incandescent light bulbs will become illegal in the United States. Twelve months later, the same fate will befall most 75-watt incandescents, and one year after that, conventional 60- and 40-watt bulbs will be gone as well. Thomas Edison’s world-changing invention is one of the most enduringly popular products ever created - something so useful, so dependable, and so cheap that over the course of more than a century, consumers bought them by the billions. Yet thanks to a federal law that relatively few Americans knew anything about when it was passed by...
  • House turns off light bulb standards by voice vote

    07/15/2011 3:36:26 PM PDT · by NRG1973 · 218 replies
    The Politco ^ | July 15, 2011 | DARREN GOODE
    The House on Friday morning moved to block federal light bulb efficiency standards without even a roll call vote. An amendment from Rep. Michael Burgess (R-Texas) defunding the Energy Department's standards for traditional incandescent light bulbs to be 30 percent more energy efficient starting next year was approved rather anticlimactically by voice vote. The success of the amendment appeared inevitable in the House, where the fate of the incandescent light bulb became a symbol in the fight against federal regulations. Democrats and the White House have opposed the move to block the standards, which were included in a 2007 energy...
  • Poll to FREEP: What kind of light bulbs are you using in your home these days?

    07/13/2011 9:02:50 PM PDT · by Steelers6 · 78 replies
    State Journal Register ^ | July 13, 2011 | steelers6
    The new squiggly fluorescent bulbs 51% The old incandescent bulbs I've used for years 48% Total votes: 427 --------------------------------------------------------------------------------
  • Lights Out… Democrats Block Repeal of Lightbulb Ban – Vote Gives Jobs to China

    07/13/2011 12:04:52 AM PDT · by george76 · 33 replies
    gateway ^ | July 12, 2011 | Jim Hoft
    House democrats blocked the repeal of the light bulb ban. A majority of Americans oppose the government’s unpopular and unnecessary ban on incandescent bulbs and infringement on choice. On January 1 2012, 100 watt incandescent bulbs will become illegal, with lower wattages to follow. The democrats just voted to give jobs to China.
  • House to Vote on Lightbulb-Ban Repeal

    07/09/2011 4:19:47 PM PDT · by Clairity · 126 replies
    Townhall ^ | July 8, 2011 | Erika Johnsen
    One of the most personally intrusive, regulation-happy green bills that ever passed through Congress, the Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007 made the sale of most incandescent light bulbs virtually illegal by January 1st, 2012. The bill imposed arbitrary efficiency standards that the producers of traditional lightbulbs couldn't hope to meet, making their more expensive, less reliable Compact Flourescent Lightbulb (CFL) cousins the new standard. So, goodbye consumer choice, hello government oversight. Thankfully, the House is finally making moves to repeal this - at best, ill-thought-out; at worst, you-will-go-green-and-you-will-like-it - law. On Monday, expect to see a vote on...
  • Lightbulb Rules Spark Political Fight (Bachmann wants repeal of 2007 law)

    06/27/2011 7:24:46 AM PDT · by Libloather · 50 replies
    Industry Week ^ | 6/27/11 | Rob Lever
    Lightbulb Rules Spark Political FightHowever, new legislation may not change what manufacturers are doing in creating more efficient bulbs that use halogen, LED or other new technology. By Rob Lever, Agence France-Presse June 27, 2011 With a January deadline looming on a U.S. law mandating energy efficiency standards for lightbulbs, some political forces don't want to turn out the lights. More than a dozen Republican lawmakers are backing efforts to repeal the 2007 law that requires bulbs to consume less energy. Meanwhile Texas has enacted a law that would exempt itself from the federal requirement, and other states are debating...
  • The Light Bulb Police

    06/01/2011 11:47:04 AM PDT · by Conservative Coulter Fan · 35 replies
    FreedomWorks ^ | Jun 01, 2011 | Andrea Seffens
       If one enjoys having a well-lit home at a reasonable price, one best run to the nearest hardware store and stock up on traditional incandescent light bulbs as if they were going out of style. Because due a 2007 decision by President George W. Bush, the common incandescent light bulb will be officially so last year in 2012. What is the government approved substitute? A light bulb producing over 100 watts (the equivalent of a typical incandescent light bulb) which meets the new energy efficient standards proposed in Section 301 of the “Energy and Security Act of 2007.” The...
  • Study: Enviro-light bulbs can cause cancer

    04/26/2011 11:08:57 PM PDT · by Nachum · 22 replies
    Washington Times ^ | 4/26/11 | Kerry Picket
    According to a recently released German study, the supposed "environmentally friendly" compact fluorescent light bulbs (CFL's), are reported to have "cancer causing chemicals" that are sent out when the light is switched on, reports London's Daily Telegraph: Their report advises that the bulbs should not be left on for extended periods, particularly near someone’s head, as they emit poisonous materials when switched on. Peter Braun, who carried out the tests at the Berlin's Alab Laboratory, said: “For such carcinogenic substances it is important they are kept as far away as possible from the human environment.”
  • Energy saving light bulbs 'contain cancer causing chemicals'

    04/21/2011 7:34:10 AM PDT · by Sub-Driver · 32 replies · 1+ views
    Energy saving light bulbs 'contain cancer causing chemicals' Fears have been reignited about the safety of energy saving light bulbs after a group of scientists warned that they contain cancer causing chemicals. By Victoria Ward 7:16AM BST 20 Apr 2011 Their report advises that the bulbs should not be left on for extended periods, particularly near someone’s head, as they emit poisonous materials when switched on. Peter Braun, who carried out the tests at the Berlin's Alab Laboratory, said: “For such carcinogenic substances it is important they are kept as far away as possible from the human environment.” The bulbs...
  • Energy saving bulbs 'release cancer causing chemicals', say scientists (CFL lightbulb warning)

    04/20/2011 8:08:21 AM PDT · by rawhide · 40 replies
    dailymail uk ^ | 11-20-11
    Energy saving bulbs emit cancer causing chemicals it was claimed last night as new fears were raised about their safety. Scientists said they should not be left on for long periods of time or placed close to a person's head because they release poisonous materials. The EU has unveiled plans to phase out 'normal' incandescent bulbs by the end of next year as they try to cut carbon emissions. They should not be used by adults to read or kept near a child's head all night, the experts said. While it is already known that harmful amounts of Mercury are...
  • Mercury in new light bulbs not being recycled, escaping to environment

    04/04/2011 7:53:00 AM PDT · by SmithL · 62 replies
    Contra Costa Times ^ | 4/4/11 | Suzanne Bohan
    The nation's accelerating shift from incandescent bulbs to a new generation of energy-efficient lighting is raising an environmental concern -- the release of tons of mercury every year. The most popular new light -- the curly cue, compact fluorescent light bulbs, or CFLs -- account for a quarter of new bulb sales and each contains up to 5 milligrams of mercury, a potent neurotoxin that's on the worst-offending list of environmental contaminants. Demand for the bulbs is growing as federal and state mandates for energy-efficient lighting take effect, yet only about 2 percent of residential consumers and one-third of businesses...
  • First they came for your light bulbs. Now Obama’s EPA is going after your soap.

    04/01/2011 9:30:32 AM PDT · by Nachum · 70 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | 4/1/11 | Stacy Mott
    You can’t blame Americans for feeling as though the government is increasingly crossing boundaries and reaching into their daily lives. The Obama administration and regulatory authorities such as the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) appear to be coming at us on all fronts. The Republican-led Congress has been steadfast in its efforts to beat back the EPA. Recent committee hearings have exposed the adverse consequences that the EPA’s regulation of greenhouse gas emissions will have on the job market. Unfortunately for hardworking Americans, the cost of the EPA’s action will make energy prices higher, drive jobs overseas and force more citizens...
  • Republicans Try to Block New Light Bulb Restrictions

    03/22/2011 5:36:18 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 61 replies
    Fox News ^ | March 22, 2011 | Molly Henneberg
    Is the traditional 100-watt incandescent light bulb about to go the way of the Tyrannosaurus Rex? Some Republicans on Capitol Hill hope not. They want to overturn the Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007, signed by then-President George W. Bush. The law requires all 100-watt incandescent light bulbs to be almost 30-percent more energy efficient by Jan. 1, 2012. Since that means higher production costs, manufacturers in America have stopped making the traditional bulbs. Some consumers have already started stockpiling the old-model bulbs, complaining that the replacements cast a unattractive light compared to the warmth of incandescent bulbs. Kentucky...
  • VIDEO: The Highway To Hell: Leftist Remix Edition

    01/29/2011 3:20:57 AM PST · by Puzzleman · 5 replies
    Hope for America ^ | January 28, 2011 | Andrew Klavan
  • Expert Warns Of Danger In Broken CFL Bulbs

    01/13/2011 9:14:34 PM PST · by george76 · 61 replies
    KYW Newsradio ^ | January 13, 2011 | Michelle Durham,
    As incandescent bulbs are phased out across America in favor of energy-saving compact fluorescents (CFL), a Philadelphia environment expert is warning of a potential danger in the bulbs — especially if they are accidentally broken... you need to take special precautions if a CFL bulb breaks. “Open up the windows,” Prof. Ryan advises. “Leave the room for 15 to 20 minutes and let the room air out. There will be a little bit of mercury that will vaporize. Mercury is a toxin and you don’t want to breathe it in... He says if a bulb breaks you should also turn...
  • Is it lights out for light bulbs?

    01/13/2011 5:16:29 PM PST · by Innovative · 56 replies
    Fortune ^ | Jan. 12, 2010 | Andrew B. Lewis
    In 2007, Congress passed new bulb standards requiring at least a 25% increase in efficiency for 100-watt bulbs by 2012 and smaller-wattage bulbs by 2014, leading to the replacement of incandescent light bulbs with compact fluorescent (CFL) and halogen bulbs. Barton's bill, the Better Use of Light Bulbs (BULB) act, was introduced in September. He wants to nullify the standards, which he claims cost U.S. jobs and are a safety hazard. The BULB act was not taken seriously until it became a key part of the struggle between Barton and Rep. Fred Upton (R-Mich.), a sponsor of the standards, to...
  • Compact fluorescent light bulb to blame for Hornell fire

    12/23/2010 2:09:46 PM PST · by NRG1973 · 77 replies
    The Hornell Evening Tribune ^ | December 23, 2010 | Andrew Poole
    A compact fluorescent light bulb (CFL) is to blame for an accidental electrical fire in Hornell Wednesday morning, said Steuben County Fire Investigator Joe Gerych. “Those are the lights everybody’s been telling us to use,” he said. “It blew up like a bomb. It spattered all over.” A CFL on the ceiling burst, said Gerych, and gas inside the CFL bulb helped start the fire. He added exploding CFLs are rare. The North Hornell Fire Department responded to a call from the McNeill residence, 7185 N. Main St. Ext., Hornellsville, a little before 7 a.m. Wednesday, said North Hornell Fire...
  • Republican Co-Author of Incandescent-Bulb Ban Seeks Chair of House Energy Committee

    11/08/2010 6:22:58 PM PST · by jobkiller · 53 replies ^ | Monday, November 08, 2010 | Matt Cover
    Republican Co-Author of Incandescent-Bulb Ban Seeks Chair of House Energy Committee Monday, November 08, 2010 By Matt Cover Rep. Fred Upton (R-Mich.) seeks the chairmanship of the powerful House Energy and Commerce Committee ( – Rep. Fred Upton (R-Mich.) may have some explaining to do to fellow GOP colleagues as he seeks the chairmanship of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, given the incoming wave of new conservatives who may not appreciate some aspects of Upton's voting record. Upton joined with Rep. Jane Harman (D.-Calif.) in 2007 to co-author the legislation that effectively banned indoor incandescent light bulbs in the...
  • The danger of new 'green' light bulbs (Can the ban be lifted now - for the children?)

    11/05/2010 8:56:12 AM PDT · by Libloather · 65 replies · 1+ views
    Colorado Connection ^ | 11/04/10 | Abbie Burke
    The danger of new 'green' light bulbsby Abbie Burke Posted: 11.04.2010 at 2:20 PM COLORADO SPRINGS, COLO. -- They burn brighter, longer, and use less energy. But the squiggly looking light bulbs known as CFLs (compact fluorescent light bulbs) light up using mercury, a potentially dangerous element. Switching out old light bulbs to the new CFLs is one of the easiest ways to go green. But what is done with the CFLs after they burn out is perhaps even more important for the environment. "You don't want that mercury ending up in the landfill, which could then end up getting...
  • Thomas Edison, You're Under Arrest

    09/10/2010 5:59:41 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 41 replies
    IBD Editorials ^ | September 10, 2010 | Investors Business Daily staff
    Eco-Extremism: A light bulb factory closes in Virginia as mandated fluorescents are made in China. It's now a crime to make or ship for sale 75-watt incandescent bulbs in the European Union. Welcome to green hell. Thomas Alva Edison was a genius credited with the invention of many things — the phonograph, the motion picture, the incandescent light bulb, global warming. That last credit was given by those who rank light bulbs right up there with the internal combustion engine as ravagers of the planet. The General Electric light bulb factory in Winchester, Va., closed this month, a victim, along...
  • Free energy saving bulbs 'cost £45'

    03/25/2010 2:06:14 PM PDT · by Nachum · 5 replies · 422+ views
    Telegraph UK ^ | 3/25/10 | Harry Wallop,
    More than 200 million free energy-saving light bulbs have been sent to households over the last two years by energy suppliers. The mass mail-out was caused by gas and electricity suppliers trying to hit Government targets to reduce carbon emissions. However, Which?, the consumer watchdog has calculated that each household has ended paying £45 each through higher energy bills to fund the scheme, even though many consumers objected to being sent the bulbs. Many complained about having to go to the Post Office to collect what they thought was a parcel, only to find it was a bulb that did...
  • Upset about FirstEnergy's pricey, hand-delivered light bulbs? You ain't seen nothing yet

    11/16/2009 4:08:16 PM PST · by Libloather · 28 replies · 2,160+ views ^ | 11/08/09 | Kevin OBrien
    Upset about FirstEnergy's pricey, hand-delivered light bulbs? You ain't seen nothing yetBy Kevin OBrien October 08, 2009, 3:59AM There was a time when you and I could be trusted to change a light bulb. In those days, powerful people who made weighty decisions understood that if a light bulb burned out, even the dimmest of us common folk would know enough to remove it from its socket, choose a suitable replacement and install it. Apparently all of the weighty decisions have been made, because powerful people have now worked their way down to telling us what kind of light bulb...
  • America's Dim Bulbs

    09/10/2009 5:57:54 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 24 replies · 1,826+ views
    IBD Editorials ^ | September 10, 2009
    Energy Savings: Europe's ban on the incandescent light bulb began phasing in this month, and the U.S. will soon follow. Is Thomas Edison to blame for global warming? And why are we exporting green jobs?When the warm-mongers assemble in Copenhagen this December to hammer out a successor to the failed Kyoto Protocol, no doubt their work to save the earth from the carbon dioxide that gives it life will take place under the eerie light thrown off by compact fluorescent light bulbs (CFLs) mandated by the European Union to fight climate change. The bulbs are more expensive, costing up to...
  • Get Your Red Hots (light bulbs that is) Before It's Too Late

    03/28/2009 6:52:28 PM PDT · by catnipman · 69 replies · 1,884+ views
    World Net Daily ^ | December 19, 2007
    WND YOUR GOVERNMENT AT WORK Congress bans incandescent bulbs Massive energy bill phases out Edison's invention by 2014 Posted: December 19, 2007 7:18 pm Eastern © 2009 Incandescent light bulb In addition to raising auto fuel efficiency standards 40 percent, an energy bill passed by Congress yesterday bans the incandescent light bulb by 2014. President Bush signed the 822-page measure into law today after it was sent up Pennsylvania Avenue in a Toyota Prius hybrid vehicle. The House passed the bill by a 314-100 vote after approval by the Senate last week. Rep. John D. Dingell, D-Mich., chairman of...
  • Bulbs Save Energy By Not Working

    03/28/2009 8:59:19 AM PDT · by AT7Saluki · 116 replies · 2,713+ views
    News and Observer ^ | 3/28/09 | Leora Broydo Vestel
    It sounds like such a simple thing: Buy some new light bulbs, screw them in, save the planet. But a lot of people are finding the new compact fluorescent bulbs anything but simple. Consumers who are trying them say they sometimes fail to work, or wear out early. At best, people discover that using the bulbs requires learning a long list of dos and don’ts. Take the case of Karen Zuercher and her husband, in San Francisco. Inspired by watching the movie “An Inconvenient Truth,” they decided to swap nearly every incandescent bulb in their home for energy-saving compact fluorescents....
  • Turn On Common Sense Americans' Dogged Dislike Of Compact Fluorescent Bulbs Defies Reason

    05/05/2007 4:44:24 PM PDT · by buccaneer81 · 250 replies · 3,974+ views
    The Columbus Dispatch ^ | May 5, 2007 | Columbus Dispatch Editorial Board
    Turn on common sense Americans' dogged dislike of compact fluorescent bulbs defies reason Saturday, May 5, 2007 3:33 AM It has the makings of a titanic clash: the marketing muscle of Wal-Mart vs. the entrenched views of the American consumer, particularly the female sort. The company has vowed to convert at least 100 million households to compact fluorescent light bulbs, which benefit their users by consuming 75 percent less electricity, lasting 10 times longer than traditional incandescent bulbs and saving $30 over the life of each bulb. The big picture is just as impressive: Over its lifetime, one bulb generates...
  • Fluorescent Light Bulbs Can Become 'Toxic Time Bombs'

    07/09/2007 1:59:45 PM PDT · by Canticle_of_Deborah · 62 replies · 1,680+ views
    Fox News ^ | July 9, 2007 | Andrea Thompson
    Highly efficient fluorescent light bulbs are widely touted as environmentally friendly, but they have created a recycling headache for the Environmental Protection Agency and local governments. More often than not, their toxic ingredients simply end up in landfills, where the chemicals can leach into soil and water and poison fish and other wildlife. The bulbs contain mercury and should not be tossed in the trash as are regular light bulbs. "They're very efficient, but once they're used up, they become a ticking toxic time bomb," said Leonard Robinson, chief deputy director of the California Department of Toxic Substances Control. "They...
  • Energy Policy for Environmentalists: It Starts with Light Bulbs, Not Power Lines

    08/08/2007 1:28:39 PM PDT · by vadum · 12 replies · 519+ views
    Capital Research Center ^ | July 2007 | Cheryl K. Chumley
    Protective of their scenic views, wealthy landowners in Virginia’s largely rural Fauquier County have joined green activists from the Piedmont Environmental Council to fight a desperately needed power transmission line. What’s happening there is going on across America: Prosperous rural communities —exurbs— resist rapidly expanding suburbs. And green activists build political coalitions with local residents to “fight the power.” Energy transmission companies are the new Public Enemy...... Across America, radical environmentalists are doing everything possible to stop the construction of power lines, dams and roads. The way they see it, cutting down on using energy is the best way to...
  • Clinton: Use Fluorescent Bulbs, Wrap Water Heaters in Blankets

    11/19/2007 6:04:44 AM PST · by Sub-Driver · 133 replies · 95+ views
    Clinton: Use Fluorescent Bulbs, Wrap Water Heaters in Blankets By Matt Purple Correspondent November 19, 2007 ( - Presidential hopeful Sen. Hillary Clinton (D-N.Y.) has published a list of 10 ways Americans can "address global warming and increase our energy independence" on her Web site. These include replacing incandescent light bulbs with fluorescent ones and wrapping your home's water heater in a blanket. It is not known whether Clinton or her presidential campaign staff practices these apparent energy-saving tips. "You can save 1,000 pounds of carbon dioxide each year by wrapping your water heater in an insulation blanket," according...
  • Paris Hilton helping protect the environment (changes some light bulbs, might buy hybrid)

    12/12/2007 10:57:13 AM PST · by dead · 60 replies · 71+ views
    AP ^ | 12/12/07
    BERLIN - Paris Hilton is making a personal contribution to protecting the environment. "I changed all the light bulbs to energy-safe light bulbs and I'm buying a hybrid car right now," the 26-year-old celebrity heiress said Wednesday. Hilton said she turns off the lights, doesn't leave the TV on or the water running when she leaves her house. "Little things that people can do every day to make a huge difference," she said. She was in Berlin to take part in an advertising campaign for Rich Prosecco, a sparkling wine sold in cans. Hilton told reporters she's looking for a...
  • Congress bans incandescent bulbs

    12/21/2007 8:41:52 PM PST · by freemike · 7 replies · 70+ views
    WorldNetDaily ^ | December 19, 2007 |
    In addition to raising auto fuel efficiency standards 40 percent, an energy bill passed by Congress yesterday bans the incandescent light bulb by 2014. President Bush signed the 822-page measure into law today after it was sent up Pennsylvania Avenue in a Toyota Prius hybrid vehicle. The House passed the bill by a 314-100 vote after approval by the Senate last week.
  • A Nation of Dim Bulbs: The nasty little surprise hidden in the new energy bill

    01/03/2008 6:55:01 AM PST · by rhema · 136 replies · 216+ views
    Weekly Standard ^ | 12/31/2007 | Andrew Ferguson
    On December 19, President Bush signed an energy bill that will, among many, many other things, force you to buy a new kind of light bulb. He did this because environmental enthusiasts don't like the light bulbs you're using now. He and they reason, therefore, that you shouldn't be allowed to have them. So now you can't. Ordinary consumers may be surprised, once they understand what's happened. They probably haven't known that the traditional incandescent light bulb, that happy little globe shining so innocently from the lamp in the corner, has been a scourge of environmentalists for many years. With...
  • Low-energy bulbs harmful to some

    01/07/2008 5:46:35 PM PST · by Daffynition · 16 replies · 67+ views
    UPI ^ | Jan. 5, 2008 | staff reporter
    LONDON, Jan. 5 (UPI) -- British researchers warn environmentally friendly, energy-saving, light bulbs could cause skin cancer and trigger migraines. The bulbs' light, which is more intense than traditional incandescent bulbs, also can exacerbate eczema and other skin problems, The Daily Telegraph reported Saturday. An estimated 340,000 people could be harmed if the British government phases out incandescent bulbs by 2011, as planned, without allowances for light-sensitive medical conditions, warned the British Association of Dermatologists and the Migraine Action Association. "The government simply must allow incandescent light bulbs to be available to these people, their families, friends and employers, and...
  • Allegheny Power customers receive new bulbs, surcharge

    01/08/2008 7:19:28 AM PST · by Abundy · 81 replies · 492+ views
    Herald Mail ^ | 01/07/08 | MARLO BARNHART
    WASHINGTON COUNTY - Allegheny Power’s efforts to supply its 220,000 residential Maryland customers with energy-efficient fluorescent light bulbs might have burned out some post office personnel. And as it turns out, the package of two bulbs isn’t free — customers are being charged 96 cents on their monthly bills for one year — in all, $11.52 — under the category of energy surcharge. “The charge became effective in October,” said Todd Meyers, spokesman for Allegheny Power. He said the Maryland Public Service Commission on Sept. 26, 2007, gave the utility permission to add the surcharge to customers’ bills. Contacted by...
  • Environmentally Mandated Light Bulbs May Damage Health

    01/10/2008 2:53:22 PM PST · by John Semmens · 7 replies · 110+ views
    AZCONSERVATIVE ^ | 6 Jan 2008 | John Semmens
    British doctors are warning that mandating environmentally friendly light bulbs poses health risks. New energy-saving fluorescent bulbs produce an intense light that may cause eruptions of eczema or increased incidences of skin cancer. Skin damage isn’t the only worry, though. These lights can also trigger migraines, dizziness, and spark seizures in people with epilepsy. Such bulbs have been made mandatory in a variety of locations including the United Kingdom, Australia, Nova Scotia, California, Connecticut, North Carolina and Rhode Island. The health warning was issued by Spectrum, a consortium of charities working with people with light sensitive health conditions, and the...
  • Environmentally friendly light bulbs 'can damage your skin', doctors warn

    01/04/2008 7:41:31 AM PST · by fanfan · 71 replies · 675+ views
    The Daily Mail (UK) ^ | 4th January 2008 | Staff
    Using environmentally friendly light bulbs can be seriously bad for your skin, doctors warn. New energy-saving bulbs produce a more intense light which can cause eruptions of existing skin problems, like eczema, and even lead to skin cancer, they claim. The revelation comes after health experts warned the fluorescent bulbs, which are to become compulsory in homes within four years, could trigger migraines and cause dizziness and discomfort to people with epilepsy. The lives of thousands of people may be threatened if the government's plan to phase out the normal variety of incandescent lighting goes ahead without exemptions. Sufferers could...
  • Brighter LED Lights Could Replace Household Light Bulbs Within Three Years

    01/10/2008 3:14:22 PM PST · by blam · 94 replies · 200+ views
    Science Daily ^ | 1-10-2008 | University of Glasgow.
    Brighter LED Lights Could Replace Household Light Bulbs Within Three Years ScienceDaily (Jan. 10, 2008) — Researchers are developing new technology that could replace the household light-bulb within three years. Light Emitting Diodes (LEDs), already used in electrical equipment such as computers and mobile phones, are several times more energy efficient than standard light-bulbs. However, because of their structure and material, much of the light in standard LEDs becomes trapped, reducing the brightness of the light and making them unsuitable as the main lighting source in the home. Now researchers believe they have found a way of introducing a new...
  • Congress bans incandescent bulbs

    12/19/2007 5:40:50 PM PST · by kc8ukw · 448 replies · 668+ views
    WorldNetDaily ^ | December 19, 2007` | WorldNetDaily
    In addition to raising auto fuel efficiency standards 40 percent, an energy bill passed by Congress yesterday bans the incandescent light bulb by 2014. President Bush signed the 822-page measure into law today after it was sent up Pennsylvania Avenue in a Toyota Prius hybrid vehicle. The House passed the bill by a 314-100 vote after approval by the Senate last week.
  • Future looks dim for incandescent bulbs (President Bush has said he will sign this nonsense)

    12/17/2007 5:23:48 AM PST · by Libloather · 143 replies · 384+ views
    Hattiesburg American | 12/17/07 | PAUL DAVIDSON
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  • Everything you wanted to know about Compact Fluorescent Bulbs, including the mercury problem

    05/05/2007 11:18:00 AM PDT · by John Jorsett · 175 replies · 5,147+ views
    KnoxViews ^ | 5 May 2007
    We've been looking in to compact fluorescent bulbs (CFLs) to reduce energy consumption for lighting. Here's what we've learned so far. Manufacturers say that a 13-18 watt CFL produces light equivalent to a 60w incandescent bulb, an 18-22w CFL is the equivalent of a 75w bulb, and a 23-28w CFL is the equivalent of a 100w bulb. This is based on the "lumens" rating on the side of the box. In real life, CFL equivalent replacements do not seem quite as bright as incandescents, so you might end up replacing a 60w equivalent with a 75w equivalent and so forth....