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  • 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...
  • D.C. Dim Bulbs Outlaw Edison's Greatest Gift

    12/20/2010 5:30:40 PM PST · by Kaslin · 31 replies
    IBD Editorials ^ | December 20, 2010 | PHYLLIS SCHLAFLY
    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. Environmental "standards" will start eliminating 276 versions of incandescent light bulbs in 2012, and the drop-dead date for our favorite 100-watt light bulb is just one year away. Then, we will be able to buy only more expensive but allegedly more energy-efficient lighting products such as compact fluorescent lamps (CFLs) that are supposed to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and force us to do our...
  • CA: State to phase out energy-sucking light bulbs

    12/20/2010 11:29:07 AM PST · by NormsRevenge · 46 replies · 4+ views
    California Watch ^ | 12/20/10 | Susanne Rust
    Say goodbye to your 100-watt incandescent light bulbs. On Jan. 1, it’ll become increasingly challenging to find one on a store shelf in California. That’s because the state has ordered a phaseout of the high energy-consuming light bulb. The state is pressing to have the old incandescents replaced with newer, more efficient bulbs, such as compact fluorescents, halogens and light-emitting diode light bulbs, or LEDs. And beginning in 2012, 100-watt incandescents will be off the shelves completely. As is typical, California is getting a jump-start on a trend that will begin nationwide in a few years. Three years ago, the...
  • 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 light bulb switchover: in the dark

    10/10/2010 9:22:26 AM PDT · by george76 · 130 replies
    mt mail ^ | 9/29/2010 | Edwin Feulner, Ph.D.
    So, are you ready to comply with the federal government's ban on incandescent light bulbs? Me neither. Starting in January 2012, a little over a year from now, the phase-out begins. Simple, inexpensive lighting will become a time-capsule item. Compact-fluorescent lights, or CFLs - the bulbs that look like a twisted ice-cream cone (and won't fit in many light fixtures where space is tight) - will become the new norm. Anyone who has priced CFLs knows they're not cheap. Supposedly they're worth the extra money because they'll last longer. That's cold comfort, though, given the dull, unnatural glow that these...
  • Compact Fluorescent Light Bulbs: Proceed with Caution (Think Twice before Discarding Incandescent)

    09/22/2010 6:52:01 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 101 replies · 1+ views
    American Thinker ^ | 09/22/2010 | Peter Wilson
    The Cambridge Energy Alliance is going door to door in North Cambridge, Massachusetts next month, handing out free compact fluorescent light bulbs (CFLs) in return for "inefficient incandescent bulbs." Well, they're not actually free. The Cambridge Energy Alliance is "sponsored  by the City of Cambridge," so I guess that Cambridge taxpayers are footing the bill. The event is part of Bill McKibben's "global work party" on October 10, 2010, which is a really excellent date because you can write it as "10/10/10." CFLs use around 30% of the energy of an incandescent bulb, and everyone should switch over,...
  • 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...
  • Dengue Fever Showing Up In Central Florida

    07/24/2010 5:23:48 AM PDT · by driftdiver · 15 replies · 2+ views ^ | July 21, 2010 | Staff
    Dengue fever has infected a handful of people in Central Florida, health officials said. “This is not a regular flu virus that you get, you feel a lot worse,” said Dr. Todd Husty. “You get a real great fever, a horrible fever; it's called ‘break bone fever.’ You feel like your bones are breaking, but it's really joint pain,” Husty said. Health officials said more than a dozen people have picked up the virus from Mosquitoes in the Keys. More than 30 more across the state of Florida have the fever after picking it up out of the country.
  • Underconsumption Is Not the Problem

    03/17/2010 12:10:56 AM PDT · by rabscuttle385 · 24 replies · 685+ views
    Campaign for Liberty ^ | 2010-03-17 | William Anderson
    Paul Krugman recently declared that our real economics problem is this: "What's limiting employment now is lack of demand for the things workers produce." Not surprisingly, this issue has been thrown about in socialist literature for more than a century. The idea that an economy operates only if workers are paid "enough to buy back the product" is an important assumption behind Marxism. Keynesians have embraced this fallacy, and the pursuit of solutions based on "buy back the product" is the main reason our economy today is in crisis and will remain so for years to come. It has been...
  • Hugo Chavez Sends Army to Change All Lights in Venezuela to CFLs

    03/13/2010 3:17:38 PM PST · by george76 · 24 replies · 816+ views
    Inhabitat ^ | 03/11/10 | Yuka Yoneda,
    Venezuela has been suffering through its worst energy crisis in the last 50 years. President Hugo Chavez’s solution? Change all the light bulbs! Well, that might not be the only action the country is taking (they’ve also put electricity rationing into effect) but an army of Venezuelan soldiers has been given direct orders from the president to distribute thousands of Firefly energy-efficient CFL bulbs. In terms of slashing electricity use, it doesn’t help that Venezuelans are the highest energy consumers per capita in Latin America. In fact, state run electricity company Corpoelec says Venezuelans use more than 1,000 kilowatt hours...
  • DOE Issues Recovery Act Buy American Waiver for CFLs

    02/22/2010 12:41:21 PM PST · by thackney · 11 replies · 277+ views
    NEMA ^ | 16 Feb 2010 | Craig Updyke
    The Department of Energy’s Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) issued long-awaited waivers for several lighting products from the Buy American requirements that apply to manufactured goods to be used in projects funded by EERE under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (the “Recovery Act”). The EERE document, includes a waiver for screw-base and pin-base compact fluorescent lamps (with the exception of pin-based CFLs longer than 10 inches). The waiver excludes the plug-in CFLs longer than 10 inches since these products are made in the U.S. EERE agreed with the lamp industry and determined that CFLs...
  • Legalize Competing Currencies (Ron Paul)

    01/25/2010 8:52:26 PM PST · by rabscuttle385 · 25 replies · 950+ views
    Much has been made recently about the supposed economic recovery. A few blips in a few statistics and many believe our troubles are all over. Of course, they have to redefine recovery as “jobless” to account for the lack of improvement on Main Street. But the banks have money, Wall Street is chugging along, and the administration would like to get on with other agendae. They have even set up a commission to investigate the crisis as if it were all in the past. The truth is that Americans are still losing jobs, the Fed is still inflating, and more...
  • State of the Republic Address (Ron Paul)

    01/24/2010 5:58:31 PM PST · by rabscuttle385 · 51 replies · 1,533+ views
    Campaign for Liberty ^ | 2010-01-20 | U.S. Rep. Ron Paul, R-Texas, 14th District
    As we start the new year 2010, the establishment politicians, economists and Wall Street are trying to convince themselves that we have turned the corner and economic growth has once again begun. The predictions that conditions are getting back to normal come from those who never saw the crisis coming and don't have the vaguest notion what caused it. Some of them concede that it could be a jobless recovery. That will establish a new definition for a recovery. Official unemployment is at 10% but even the government knows that if everyone is counted, including those individuals that are too...
  • The U.S. Inherited the U.K.'s Role as World Policeman

    01/23/2010 11:25:02 AM PST · by rabscuttle385 · 17 replies · 619+ views
    Campaign for Liberty ^ | 2010-01-23 | John Browne
    Having been among the economic engines of Europe for much of the past decade, it appears as if the British economy has run out of steam. Inflation is rising while bankruptcies and unemployment continue to swell. It is a problem that would have left Lord Keynes' head spinning. In many ways, the responses of the U.S. and U.K. governments to the financial crisis have been very similar. So far, the American advantages in size and reserve currency status have allowed us to avoid the storm-clouds now descending upon Britain. But these advantages only provide a temporary respite. In the meantime,...
  • A Hell of a Decade (Peter Schiff)

    12/31/2009 6:02:29 AM PST · by rabscuttle385 · 22 replies · 1,362+ views
    Campaign for Liberty ^ | 2009-12-31 | Peter Schiff
    In its recent look back on the first ten years of the century, Time Magazine proclaimed the period to be "the decade from hell." The editors made their case based on what they saw as the signature events of the last ten years, notably the ravages of terrorism, failed wars, and a global financial crisis. Taken together, these factors produced an era that Time is convinced will be remembered as one of the low points in our history. As the media hates to dwell on the negative, the commentary was rife with notes of optimism about pending recovery. It could...
  • The Government's War on Main Street

    12/06/2009 12:25:20 AM PST · by rabscuttle385 · 7 replies · 786+ views
    Campaign for Liberty ^ | 2009-11-06 | Jake Towne
    This talk was originally delivered to a Campaign of Liberty chapter on December 3, 2009. Video will be available shortly. Today President Obama will tour Allentown, Pennsylvania, in my home congressional district as part of a "Main Street Tour" to show his concern for economic plight of the masses. Many of the people I have spoken with while campaigning innately realize that government is at fault — or at least complain a lot about how the government should "fix" the economy. Unfortunately, many do not have enough of a grasp of economics to understand exactly how the government is ruining...
  • (Grey Cup) A Riders goof, an Als victory (Montreal 28, Saskatchewan 27)

    11/30/2009 4:11:37 AM PST · by Loyalist · 1 replies · 517+ views
    Globe and Mail ^ | November 30, 2009 | David Naylor
    It was one of the more bizarre scenes one will see in professional sports. The Saskatchewan Roughriders were in full party mode, galloping onto the field to celebrate the franchise’s second Grey Cup win in three seasons after Montreal’s Damon Duval missed a 43-yard field-goal attempt that would have won the game for the heavily-favoured Alouettes. But the Riders’ celebration stopped colder than a Regina winter night when the players suddenly noticed a red flag lying under the goalpost, followed by the announcement that Saskatchewan had lined up with too many men on the field. That gave Duval another shot...
  • 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...
  • The Fed Is Already Transparent (Fed bankers attack Ron Paul, say audit will "stifle the recovery")

    11/09/2009 6:59:29 PM PST · by rabscuttle385 · 48 replies · 1,406+ views
    The central bank doesn't need more political interference as it decides when to move against inflation. BY ANIL K. KASHYAP and FREDERIC S. MISHKIN Under the banner of increasing Federal Reserve transparency, Congressman Ron Paul has sponsored a bill that would subject the Fed's monetary policies to an audit by the Government Accountability Office (GAO). The bill is a veiled attempt to undermine the Fed's independence. If it passes, it will cripple policy making—particularly when it comes to inflation. It is completely appropriate to hold the Fed accountable for its decisions. But the Paul bill, H.R. 1207, will only produce...
  • Anything Less Than Full Disclosure is Unacceptable [Ron Paul]

    10/26/2009 8:09:25 PM PDT · by rabscuttle385 · 4 replies · 642+ views
    Last week a new bill was introduced in the Senate to audit the Federal Reserve. Some backers of my bill HR1207 and the existing Senate companion bill S.604 were a little miffed at this, but depending on how you think about it, this new legislation poses no great threat to our efforts. With the economy in shambles, people are looking for answers - not just because of lost savings on Wall Street, but because of lost houses on Main Street. Because of the many problems we face, the Federal Reserve and its powers over the economy have come under scrutiny....
  • Is Ron Paul Good For The GOP?

    10/22/2009 9:30:00 PM PDT · by rabscuttle385 · 92 replies · 3,679+ views
    The Economist has a thoughtful interview with Reihan. His thoughts on Paul: My suspicion is that non-interventionism is going to enjoy a rebirth among conservatives. As memories of 9/11 fade and casualties continue to mount, a desire for an independent foreign policy with an inward focus—I won't call it isolationism—will reassert itself. Though I'm a firm believer in a more forward-leaning foreign policy (my instincts are more McCain than Paul), this is a good and healthy debate to have. So in that sense, Mr Paul is good for the party. I worry, however, that the Paul movement represents a turn...
  • CFL brawl turns bizarre when lineman wields shovel

    09/25/2009 5:21:32 PM PDT · by rawhide · 6 replies · 523+ views
    CBS Sportsline ^ | Sep. 25, 2009
    EDMONTON, Alberta -- This play went way beyond a shovel pass. Steamed over a practice brawl, a Canadian Football League lineman stomped off the field, then stormed back moments later brandishing a real shovel. As Edmonton Eskimos defensive tackle Xzavie Jackson marched toward teammate Aaron Fiacconi on Thursday, general manager Danny Maciocia stepped into his path. The GM gently put his hand on Jackson's chest and gestured toward the shovel. "I just said, 'What are you planning on doing with that? Do you realize the repercussions?"' Maciocia said Friday. "I'm almost sure he had already come to that conclusion." "I...
  • 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...
  • Energy saving light bulbs offer dim future (CFL's are not bright as incandescent)

    09/03/2009 11:45:27 AM PDT · by Syrin23 · 22 replies · 946+ views ^ | Published: 9:00PM BST 29 Aug 2009 | By Richard Gray and Julia McWatt
    Energy saving light bulbs are not as bright as their traditional counterparts and claims about the amount of light they produce are "exaggerated", the European Union has admitted.
  • Arland Bruce's TD celebration aimed to honor Michael Jackson ... by pretending to be buried

    07/02/2009 10:52:47 AM PDT · by ConservativeStatement · 3 replies · 498+ views
    Chicago Sun Times ^ | July 2, 2009 | Kevin Allen
    Toronto Argonauts coach Bart Andrus told wide receiver Arland Bruce's before the season that once he got into the end zone, he didn't care what the former Minnesota Gopher did. He's probably regretting that decision right about now.
  • DeMint cosponsors S 604 [Senate counterpart to HR 1207] [audit the Fed] [Sanders is main sponsor]

    06/12/2009 8:22:07 AM PDT · by rabscuttle385 · 14 replies · 1,311+ views
    After we broke through the 218 cosponsor threshold on H.R. 1207, I didn't think today could get any better. However, we have even more news. Sen. Jim DeMint (R-SC) today became the first cosponsor of S 604, H.R. 1207's companion legislation. We still have a long way to go before we pass real legislation to Audit the Fed, but this is yet another major step toward our ultimate goal. Sen. DeMint is highly respected and one of the most principled conservatives in Washington. Bernie Sanders (I-VT), 604's lead sponsor, is a firebrand Independent progressive. To see these two guys on...
  • Mark Sanford Whacks Lindsey Graham Over Libertarianism [says libertarianism "a badge of honor"]

    05/18/2009 6:22:58 PM PDT · by rabscuttle385 · 204 replies · 3,886+ views
    The Washington Independent ^ | 2009-05-18 | David Weigel
    (snip)After the speech a volunteer from Paul’s Campaign for Liberty asked Gov. Mark Sanford (R-S.C.) about it, and he weighed in against Graham. There was almost a pejorative comment a moment ago. Sen. Graham spoke and said “I’m not a libertarian,” whatever, whatever, as if that’s an evil word. Liberty is the hallmark of the American experiment … People say, you know, “Mark, you’re kind of libertarian,” you know, and they say it as if it’s an evil word, like you’re a communist or something. I’m like: Throw me in that briar patch … I’ve been accused of being a...
  • 'Green' lightbulbs poison workers

    05/09/2009 4:30:22 PM PDT · by television is just wrong · 20 replies · 1,338+ views
    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,...
  • Ron Paul's Influence Grows

    05/06/2009 5:01:19 PM PDT · by rabscuttle385 · 49 replies · 1,338+ views
    The New American ^ | 2009-05-06 | Charles Scaliger
    lthough he officially abandoned his presidential bid last summer, Texas Congressman Ron Paul’s star continues to brighten. Once shunned by the mainstream media and marginalized by the national leadership of the Republican Party, the modest pediatrician-turned-congressman has become something of an éminence grise these days, feted and fawned over by the likes of Fox News, which once dismissed him as a quack. The reason? Dr. Paul’s unexpected fundraising prowess during his presidential campaign turned more than a few heads, and the bestseller status of his book The Revolution: A Manifesto attracted further attention. But besides the growth of his Campaign...
  • A Defense of the Incandescent Light Bulb

    04/27/2009 9:08:01 AM PDT · by reaganaut1 · 71 replies · 2,420+ views
    New York Times ^ | April 24, 2009 | Leora Broydo Vestel
    Now, amid a growing raft of legislation around the globe aimed at phasing out the standard incandescent light bulb (and in some corners, popular resistance to that idea), Mr. Brandston [an award-winning lighting designer] is stepping out of retirement and into the debate over energy-efficient lighting. Specifically, Mr. Brandston accuses “energy zealots” of using faulty science to determine the efficiency of light bulbs, and he says that simplistic lumens-per-watt comparisons obscure questions of how well different bulbs do what they’re supposed to do: light up a room. The government, manufacturers and efficiency advocates, in pushing the adoption of compact fluorescents,...
  • MO: TSA detains official from Ron Paul group [harassed for carrying cash]

    04/08/2009 4:32:46 PM PDT · by rabscuttle385 · 23 replies · 1,370+ views
    The Transportation Security Administration is investigating the detention and harassment of a Ron Paul organization official by airport screeners, an incident that was caught on tape at a St. Louis airport. Steve Bierfeldt, director of development for Campaign for Liberty, was selected for additional screening after officials spotted a metal box in his luggage that contained a large amount of cash and checks made out to the campaign. Mr. Bierfeldt was attending his organization's regional conference in St. Louis and said he was keenly aware, as the situation unfolded March 29, of a controversial report issued to Missouri law enforcement...
  • Eco-Friendly and Endorsed by Media -- CFLs Responsible for House Fire in Maryland

    03/31/2009 2:49:30 PM PDT · by Saint X · 24 replies · 882+ views ^ | March 31, 2009 | Jeff Poor
    Remember all those TV segments and magazine articles that had a list of 10 things you can do to save the planet from the perils of global warming? More likely than not, one of things you were urged to do was to switch all you incandescent light bulbs to compact fluorescent bulbs (CFLs). And, if you didn't heed their advice, the government's forcing you to through the legislative process. Congress banned the incandescent light bulbs in the energy bill signed into law by former President George W. Bush on Dec. 19, 2007, which increases efficiency standards and effectively bans traditional...
  • Revolt! Robbed of their right to buy traditional light bulbs, millions are clearing shelves(UK)

    01/07/2009 6:14:11 AM PST · by PROCON · 74 replies · 2,029+ views
    Mail Online ^ | Jan. 7, 2008 | David Derbyshire
    Millions of Britons are finally waking up to the fact that their beloved light bulb will disappear for good after 120 years. Traditional 100-watt bulbs are vanishing from the High Street because of a controversial European Union decision. Yesterday panic buyers were snapping up the remaining bulbs in a last-ditch attempt to stockpile the final supplies. Hundreds of leading supermarkets and DIY chains - including Sainsbury's, Asda and Homebase - have already sold their last remaining bulbs after a surge in panic buying. Other stores say they have enough stocks to last until the end of next week. The supplies...
  • Compact Fluorescent Light Bulbs Not Worth Cost and Trouble

    12/15/2008 12:06:52 PM PST · by Sammy67 · 148 replies · 5,549+ views
    RightSideNews ^ | 12/13/08 | National Center of Policy Analysis
    NCPA: Compact Fluorescent Light Bulbs Not Worth Cost and Trouble Report Says Government Should Not Force CFLs on Consumers DALLAS (Dec. 10, 2008) - Although touted by many as the smart energy choice, compact fluorescent light (CFL) bulbs are not suitable for many common uses and should not be required by the government, according to a new report by the National Center for Policy Analysis (NCPA). The Environmental Protection Agency states that CFLs will reduce energy use and will last longer than standard bulbs. However, NCPA Senior Fellow and report co-author Sterling Burnett argues: "For many uses, compact fluorescent bulbs...
  • 1 broken bulb pushes contamination to 300 times EPA limits

    08/12/2008 3:25:32 AM PDT · by Man50D · 52 replies · 187+ views ^ | August 11, 2008
    Compact fluorescent light bulbs have long been known to contain poisonous liquid mercury, but a study released earlier this year shows the level of mercury vapor released from broken bulbs skyrockets past accepted safety levels. Following a story reported by WND last year about a Maine woman quoted $2,000 for cleaning up a broken fluorescent bulb (or CFL) in her home, the Maine Department of Environmental Protection studied the dangers of broken CFLs and the adequacy of recommended cleanup procedures. The results were stunning: breaking a single compact fluorescent bulb on the floor can spike mercury vapor levels in a...
  • Chavez' Lightbulb Giveaway Called A ‘Disgrace’

    07/21/2008 6:53:56 AM PDT · by Fox_Mulder77 · 17 replies · 73+ views
    CNS ^ | July 21, 2008 | Randy Hall
    ( - A Houston-based oil company will distribute free compact fluorescent light bulbs (CFLs) to low-income residents of 11 U.S. cities in a new program praised by a liberal activist but criticized by a conservative analyst on Friday as “shameless self-promotion” for Venezuela President Hugo Chavez. The project was announced last Tuesday in Washington, D.C., where 1,500 households will receive an estimated 30,000 CFLs throughout the summer and early fall from CITGO, a corporation owned by the Venezuelan socialist government that refines, transports and markets transportation fuels, lubricants, petrochemicals and other industrial products. “I am proud that CITGO invests over...
  • Looking at Fluorescent Bulbs in Different Light

    06/11/2008 7:02:10 PM PDT · by JohnRLott · 61 replies · 198+ views
    Fox News ^ | Tuesday , June 03, 2008 | John R. Lott, Jr.
    No matter how well-meaning, politicians frequently fail to understand all the consequences of their laws. Real world costs, the costs and benefits faced by those who will actually have to live with the regulations, often elude those who pass these rules. Yet, even by those depressing standards, problems with the mandated that people will soon be forced to use stand out. The advantages of compact fluorescent light bulbs are obvious. While the fluorescent bulbs can cost 10times more than incandescent ones, fluorescent bulbs use 75percent less electricity and last up to 10times longer. But longer life and energy savings come...
  • Home Depot Offers Recycling for Compact Fluorescent Bulbs

    06/24/2008 12:09:49 AM PDT · by neverdem · 23 replies · 139+ views
    NY Times ^ | June 24, 2008 | STEPHANIE ROSENBLOOM
    Some big retailers are promoting compact fluorescent light bulbs as a way to save energy. But improper disposal of the bulbs creates a hazard, because they contain small amounts of mercury. Recycling them is about to get easier. Home Depot, the nation’s second-largest retailer, will announce on Tuesday that it will take back old compact fluorescents in all 1,973 of its stores in the United States, creating the nation’s most widespread recycling program for the bulbs. “We kept hearing from the community that there was a little bit of concern about mercury in the C.F.L.’s,” said Ron Jarvis, Home Depot’s...

    06/21/2008 12:06:46 AM PDT · by NavyCanDo · 62 replies · 384+ views
    YouTube ^ | None
    Republican congressman gives strong testomony before the house against the mandatory use of the CFL
  • Bachmann is pro-choice on bulbs [sponsors "Light Bulb Freedom of Choice Act"]

    03/26/2008 7:54:06 AM PDT · by rhema · 85 replies · 1,104+ views
    Minneapolis Star Tribune ^ | March 25, 2008 | KEVIN DIAZ
    How many members of Congress does it take to change a light bulb? Americans may soon find out, courtesy of a contrarian piece of legislation introduced this month by Rep. Michele Bachmann of Minnesota. Titled the "Light Bulb Freedom of Choice Act," the bill seeks to repeal the nationwide phase-out of conventional light bulbs, the kind that have been used for more than a century -- pretty much since the invention of the incandescent light bulb. Bachmann, a first-term Republican, is challenging the nation's embrace of energy-efficient compact fluorescent lights, saying the government has no business telling consumers what kind...
  • Junk Science: Looming Lightbulb Liability

    02/21/2008 6:29:25 PM PST · by Larry R. Johnson · 39 replies · 250+ views
    Fox News ^ | February 21, 2008 | Steve Milloy
    The speeding freight train carrying toxic waste liability for makers, sellers and purchasers of compact fluorescent lightbulbs, or CFLs, was only faintly audible in the distance last spring when this column first warned of it. Now we’re beginning to see that environmentalist-stoked train speed toward its victims, whom President Bush and Congress just finished tying to the tracks. CFLs and all other fluorescent lightbulbs require special clean-up and disposal procedures because they contain small amounts of mercury, which is neurotoxic at sufficiently high exposures. For example, you’re not supposed to vacuum breakage or toss used bulbs in household trash. Despite...
  • Phony Green Lightbulbs

    01/17/2008 5:16:01 AM PST · by fweingart · 105 replies · 66+ views
    Conservative Battlelines ^ | January 16, 2008 | Timothy Carney
    Had Thomas Edison employed the same business strategy as his 21st-Century heirs at General Electric, he would have lobbied Congress to outlaw the candle in 1879 when he perfected and patented the light bulb. He surely could have masked his self-interested lobbying in some public interest claim, such as fire prevention or the need for wax conservation. Today, the mask is environmentalism. Earlier this month, Thomas Edison’s GE, together with Sylvania and Philips won a legislative victory when Congress passed an energy bill that would outlaw sale of the standard light bulb by 2012. Sylvania is the leading light bulb...
  • Power Company Customers Charged for [CFL] Light Bulbs

    01/15/2008 6:52:07 AM PST · by mikey_hates_everything · 27 replies · 103+ views
    EC&M Magazine ^ | 1/14/08
    As part of a campaign to alert Maryland residents to the state’s rising energy consumption and limited transmission capabilities, Greensburg, Pa.-based Allegheny Power recently mailed two compact fluorescent light bulbs to each of its customers, for which the firm is charging 99 cents a month for a year.
  • 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.
  • GE Will Speed Contraction Of Incandescent-Bulb Business (1400 layoffs)

    10/04/2007 10:48:06 PM PDT · by BurbankKarl · 36 replies · 1,018+ views
    WSJ ^ | 10/5/07 | KATHRYN KRANHOLD
    General Electric Co. will accelerate the shrinking of its 128-year-old incandescent light-bulb business in response to global pressure to switch to energy-efficient lighting. GE said it will close seven of the 54 plants and warehouses that serve its incandescent-bulb business by November 2008 and lay off 1,400 workers. Over two years, GE will have eliminated 16% of its lighting work force. GE previously laid off 3,000 workers in the unit. The downsizing or sale of the lighting business has been expected for several years as the market has changed. The lighting business contributed about $2.5 billion in sales in 2006,...
  • Light Bulb Ban Craze Exceeds Disposal Plans (CFL Mercury Contamination D'OH Alert)

    05/30/2007 10:11:32 PM PDT · by goldstategop · 66 replies · 4,114+ views ^ | 05/31/2007 | Joseph Farah
    WASHINGTON – As state and foreign governments enact forced phase-outs of incandescent light bulbs, consumers are being kept in the dark about the many downsides of compact fluorescent lamps replacements being billed as an environmental and energy-savings panacea. Across the U.S., schoolchildren are being urged to replace incandescent light bulbs in their homes, state legislatures are following the leads of foreign governments in banning the sale of the bulbs in the future and the federal Department of Energy and Environmental Protection Agency are highly recommending the switch to CFLs. Businesses like Wal-Mart are also pushing CFLs hard, as are environmental...
  • Junk Science: Light Bulb Lunacy

    04/27/2007 5:44:43 AM PDT · by Sub-Driver · 150 replies · 3,640+ views
    Junk Science: Light Bulb Lunacy Thursday , April 26, 2007 By Steven Milloy How much money does it take to screw in a compact fluorescent lightbulb? About $4.28 for the bulb and labor — unless you break the bulb. Then you, like Brandy Bridges of Ellsworth, Maine, could be looking at a cost of about $2,004.28, which doesn’t include the costs of frayed nerves and risks to health. Sound crazy? Perhaps no more than the stampede to ban the incandescent light bulb in favor of compact fluorescent lightbulbs (CFLs) — a move already either adopted or being considered in California,...
  • Fluorescent Bulb Break Creates Costly Mercury Clean-Up Hassle

    04/12/2007 8:51:13 AM PDT · by rface · 126 replies · 4,943+ views
    The Ellsworth American (Maine) ^ | Thursday, April 12, 2007 | Nick Gosling
    Clean Harbors gave Bridges a low-ball estimate of $2,000, based on what she described, to clean up the room properly. The work entailed removing anything with Mercury levels greater than 300 ng/m3, including the carpeting...... PROSPECT — It was just like any other Tuesday. On March 13, Brandy Bridges was installing some of the two dozen CFL (compact fluorescent lamp) bulbs she had purchased in an attempt to save money on her energy bill. One month later, though, Bridges is paying much more than she had ever expected to. On that Tuesday, Bridges was installing one of the spiral-shaped light...
  • Broken light bulb sparks debate

    03/18/2007 6:53:30 AM PDT · by cp124 · 65 replies · 2,972+ views ^ | 3/18/07 | cp124
    BANGOR - Compact fluorescent lights, those swirly bulbs displacing the old incandescent type in many homes, have become the darlings of the energy-conscious crowd, thanks to their capacity to both fight global warming and lower utility bills. But with more than a million bulbs sold in Maine, questions are being raised about whether consumers know enough about the special disposal and handling requirements that come with these well-documented energy-savers. In one unusual case, a Prospect woman was told recently that it could cost $2,000 to clean up the mess left by a single shattered bulb.
  • California may ban conventional lightbulbs by 2012

    01/30/2007 6:54:26 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 156 replies · 2,192+ views
    Reuters on Yahoo ^ | 1/30/07 | Bernie Woodall
    LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - A California lawmaker wants to make his state the first to ban incandescent lightbulbs as part of California's groundbreaking initiatives to reduce energy use and greenhouse gases blamed for global warming. The "How Many Legislators Does it Take to Change a Lightbulb Act" would ban incandescent lightbulbs by 2012 in favor of energy-saving compact fluorescent lightbulbs. "Incandescent lightbulbs were first developed almost 125 years ago, and since that time they have undergone no major modifications," California Assemblyman Lloyd Levine said on Tuesday. "Meanwhile, they remain incredibly inefficient, converting only about 5 percent of the energy they...