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  • Environmental Terrorism: Please Don’t Take My Lightbulb Away!

    05/25/2011 1:15:17 PM PDT · by TheConservativeCitizen · 11 replies
    The Constitution Club ^ | 05-25-11 | Short Little Rebel
    When I hear third party supporters say that Republicans are just as bad as Democrats, I always duck and mumble, “No, not as bad.” And then I say, “We just need to get Obama out”. Or, I say, “A third party will only drain the most viable opposition to Obama. But here is the sad story of a Bush supporter who found out that Republicans really are as bad as Democrats. At least, sometimes. Now, I don’t know about you, but I am just enraged about the government making LIGHT BULBS illegal. Light bulbs! If that is not sticking their...
  • The Conscience of Kansas radio program- Obama & Israel, Green products, Ks, D.U.I. Laws

    05/24/2011 5:45:58 PM PDT · by 1pitech
    The Conscience of Kansas radio program ^ | 05-24-11 | Paul A. Ibbetson
    In this episode of the Conscience of Kansas radio program I talk about Barack Obama and Israel. I also talk about green products and free market conflicts. We get some economic advice from Ray Stevens. Oh yes, the world did not end! It is a great show and we invite you to listen and comment
  • The Dangers of CFLs Even Greater Than Previously Known

    05/19/2011 5:14:39 AM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 57 replies
    The American Thinker ^ | May 19, 2011 | Edmund Contoski
    New evidence of CFLs causing fires -- even exploding -- as well as new environmental concerns have come to light since my article The CFL Fraud published.  Here are some of the additional fires:  "I had one of these CFL's in my garage socket, and it blew a component (not the glass corkscrew) and caught fire.  Fortunately, I was standing four feet away at the time.  I turned off the power and smothered the bulb with a towel." LINK "I heard a sizzling sound like bacon, looked in the direction of the sound and watch the CFL burst into flame...
  • LED bulbs hit 100 watts as federal ban looms

    05/16/2011 5:49:24 PM PDT · by verum ago · 200 replies
    Associated Press ^ | 16 May 2011 | Peter Svensson
    NEW YORK – Two leading makers of lighting products are showcasing LED bulbs that are bright enough to replace energy-guzzling 100-watt light bulbs set to disappear from stores in January. Their demonstrations at the LightFair trade show in Philadelphia this week mean that brighter LED bulbs will likely go on sale next year, but after a government ban takes effect. The new bulbs will also be expensive — about $50 each — so the development may not prevent consumers from hoarding traditional bulbs. The technology in traditional "incandescent" bulbs is more than a century old. Such bulbs waste most of...
  • 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...
  • The CFL Fraud ILiberals gone wild - and Americans beleived them at their peril)

    04/19/2011 11:39:26 AM PDT · by bestintxas · 30 replies
    american thinker ^ | 4/19/2011 | Edmund Contoski
    A compact fluorescent light (CFL) on the ceiling burst and started a fire in a home in Hornell, N.Y. December 23, 2010. "Those are the lights everybody's been telling us to use," said Joe Gerych, Steuben County Fire Inspector. "It blew up like a bomb. It spattered all over." Fire Chief Mike Robbins said the blaze destroyed the room where the fire started and everything in it, and the rest of the house suffered smoke and water damage. The Arkport Village Fire Department as well as the North Hornell Fire Department required about 15 minutes to put out the fire....
  • The Chemistry Of Light Bulbs—And Why CFL’s Are Overrated

    03/30/2011 7:35:54 PM PDT · by neverdem · 44 replies · 1+ views
    Science 2.0 ^ | Mar 26 2011 | Enrico Uva
    Light bulbs rely not only on simple materials but on esoteric ions and compounds. And while we take their emissions, visible light, for granted, the inner workings of these deceivingly simple gadgets depend on the complex behavior of electrons. We’ll discuss four types of light bulbs:incandescent bulbs, halogens, fluorescent lights (including CFL’s) and LED’s. A) INCANDESCENT BULBS The light bulb of the short-lived variety, is the traditional tungsten incandescent bulb. Inside the glass, electricity flows through a thin filament of the element tungsten (chemical symbol, W, for its old name wolfram). Because the wire is so thin, resistance is high,...
  • Banning the Bulb .

    03/24/2011 6:35:51 AM PDT · by IbJensen · 48 replies
    Right Side News ^ | 3/24/2011 | J D Longstreet
    Americans have nine months left in which they can purchase 100-watt incandescent light bulbs. As of the first of 2011, no new 100-watt incandescent light bulbs (except for those left in the store’s inventory) can be sold to the American consumer. The last factory manufacturing the 100-watt incandescent light bulb has been closed and shuttered. The incandescent light bulb manufacturing business has moved the China. The US manufacturers of light bulbs in America will make only fluorescent bulbs. You’d never guess, would you, that manufacturers will make more profit off the fluorescent bulbs than they did on the old incandescent...
  • 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...
  • Expert Warns of Health Risks Associated With New Light Bulbs

    03/11/2011 8:42:11 PM PST · by neverdem · 28 replies ^ | March 11, 2011 | Dan Joseph
    A lighting expert who has overseen lighting projects including the Statue of Liberty and the Petronas Towers expressed concerns on Capitol Hill Thursday about the safety of certain types of new light bulbs. Appearing before the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, Howard M. Brandston spoke in favor of the "Better Use of Light Bulbs Act" – a measure which would overturn elements of a 2007 law mandating that traditional incandescent light bulbs be phased out over the next few years. In his testimony, Brandston claimed that parts of the 2007 Energy Independence and Security Act serve as a “de-facto...
  • Rand Paul wants government hands off his toilet

    03/10/2011 9:50:31 PM PST · by Arec Barrwin · 34 replies
    Politico ^ | March 10, 2011 | Darius Dixon
    Rand Paul: Hands off my toilet By: Darius Dixon March 10, 2011 02:28 PM EST If the federal government can support abortion rights, why can’t it also support light bulb choice, Sen. Rand Paul asked Thursday morning. And don’t even get him started about his toilet. The Kentucky Republican began making the link between the personal, the political and the plumbing-related when he asked Kathleen Hogan, the DOE deputy assistant secretary on energy efficiency, “I was wondering if you’re pro-choice?” “I’m pro-choice of bulbs,” Hogan responded. “Actually, that’s the point,” Paul said, during an appliance efficiency hearing at the Senate...
  • How Many Liberals Does it Take to Screw In a Hazardous CFL Lightbulb?

    03/08/2011 5:28:49 PM PST · by seamus · 18 replies
    Somewhat Reasonable ^ | March 7, 2011 | Jim Lakely
    The answer to the above headline is "a whole Congress" (and a senseless president "W").  As Stephen F. Heyward noted the other day, the ban of the incandescent light bulb — thanks to the federal mandate of compact fluorescent light (CFL) for all Americans starting in 2012 — will be the stupidest "energy conservation" law since Jimmy Carter spearheaded the national 55 mph speed limit. I'd rather wear a sweater. We can only hope this scheme will be much less short-lived. Writes Heyward: We’re going to sock it to industry with new air-quality regulations to reduce airborne mercury, but we’re going to subject...
  • Republicans Seek Repeal of Incandescent Bulb Ban

    03/08/2011 10:38:57 AM PST · by CedarDave · 54 replies
    New American ^ | February 21, 2011 | Daniel Sayani
    Senator Mike Enzi (R-Wyo.) has announced that he plans to introduce legislation to reverse the ban on incandescent light bulbs which is scheduled to go into effect January 1, 2014. The ban was included in a comprehensive energy bill that President George W. Bush signed into law in 2007 as an amendment, and was intended as a means of saving energy and limiting pollution. Senator Enzi’s repeal legislation, the Better Use of Light Bulbs Act (BULB), S. 395, has 27 co-sponsors, including Senator John Barrasso (R-Wyo.) and Senator Jim DeMint (R-S.C.), the latter of whose office issued the following statement...
  • Bachmann to Democrats: Don't tell Americans what light bulbs to buy

    03/02/2011 8:35:27 PM PST · by pissant · 48 replies
    CBS ^ | 3/2/11 | Brian Montopoli
    Minnesota Republican Rep. Michele Bachmann on Tuesday reintroduced the "Light Bulb Freedom of Choice Act," a bill to repeal a 2007 law mandating that incandescent light bulbs be phased out. "The government has no business telling an individual what kind of light bulb to buy," she said in a news release Wednesday. "In 2007, Congress overstepped its bounds by mandating that only 'energy efficient' light bulbs may be sold after January 1, 2012. This mandate has sweeping effects on American families and businesses and needs serious consideration before taking effect." Bachmann says the mandate should only stay in place is...
  • Lenten sacrifice: Time to give up plastic bags or incandescent bulbs?

    02/26/2011 9:23:31 PM PST · by Alex Murphy · 56 replies
    The Catholic Review ^ | Feb 27, 2011 | Nancy Frazier O’Brien
    WASHINGTON – As Lent begins with Ash Wednesday March 9, Dan Misleh wants to remind Catholics that it is not just about giving up chocolate or ice cream for 40 days. Instead, the executive director of the Catholic Coalition on Climate Change would like to see Catholic families and individuals make some permanent sacrificial changes that will also contribute to a more sustainable and more just world. “The whole issue of climate change is about consumption and lifestyle,” said Misleh of the changes the Washington-based coalition would like to see implemented far beyond the Lenten period. “Lent is the perfect...
  • The sustainability of freedom

    02/22/2011 9:40:13 PM PST · by JLS · 10 replies
    Steynonline ^ | 20 February 2011 | Mark Steyn
    Remember the way all those Curly Fry Lightbulbs governments are forcing us to use are going to lead to massive savings in our energy bills? The great Australian wag Tim Blair draws my attention to this story from The Scotsman: "Cutting carbon emissions through reducing energy consumption may not be as effective as it seems, if consumers spend the money they have saved on environmentally unfriendly products, an economic think-tank has warned. A report on energy and pollution from the Fraser of Allander Institute at the University of Strathclyde, in partnership with accountants PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC), has claimed that the "rebound...
  • Let There Be Light ("like something out of a Soviet stairwell")

    02/15/2011 1:48:01 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 4 replies
    The National Review ^ | February 14, 2011 | BRIAN BOLDUC
    ...And darkness covered the nation, as the ban’s effective date, Jan. 1, 2012, drew near. And the people said, “Let there be light.” But will there be light? If Freedom Action succeeds, there will. A political-advocacy group formed by members of the Competitive Enterprise Institute, FA recently launched a campaign to repeal the ban. Starting with an online petition, the group hopes to gather enough grassroots support to move legislation in Congress. ..... “After the low-flush toilet was mandated, there was this explosion of opposition to it, but it never got focused,” Ebell says. This time, he plans “to focus...
  • Consumers not yet warming to new light bulbs

    01/25/2011 10:12:41 PM PST · by Innovative · 87 replies
    MSNBC ^ | Jan 25, 2011 | Bill Briggs
    Under federal law, incandescent bulbs are being phased out beginning next year when American manufacturers no longer will be allowed to make 100-watt bulbs. But while Thomas Edison's invention is slowly being dimmed into retail oblivion, consumers have been slow to accept the two emerging alternative technologies, known as CFLs and LEDs. The main complaints: CFLs, or compact fluorescent lights, cast a harsh, greenish beam, unlike the warm, amber glow of incandescents. LEDs are expensive and relatively unknown among American shoppers. Neither variety is universally available in dimmer form and, therefore, not always ideal for people partial to mood lighting....
  • Calif. Discovers Fluorescent Lightbulbs Burning Out Faster Than Predicted

    01/25/2011 1:42:00 PM PST · by Sub-Driver · 142 replies
    Calif. Discovers Fluorescent Lightbulbs Burning Out Faster Than Predicted State government concludes that it will not realize the savings it expected It was all flowers and roses when the state of California launched its $548M USD program to help promote consumer use of compact fluorescent lamps. Manufacturers and utilities were onboard because they received bonus pay to enact rebate programs. Citizens were happy as they received cheap CFL bulbs, which promised to save them money on power expenses. And the politicians were happy, as they looked sufficiently "green" to satisfy the eco-minded voters. Now that utopian vision of futuristic lighting...
  • 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...