“Light Bulb Freedom of Choice Act” April 1, 2008Posted by davegoblog in Environment, Future, Politics, Pollution, Science, Technology.
To provide for the repeal of the phase out of incandescent light bulbs unless the Comptroller General makes certain specific findings.”
Those findings are that:
Consumers will save money on the combination of electric bills and expenses for new fixures.
Overall carbon dioxide emissions will be reduced by 20% in the US by 2025.
The phase-out will not pose any health risks, including those associated with mercury containment in certain light bulbs.
This coming about two weeks before the Bush Administration appealed a federal court’s decision throwing out an EPA regulation to control mercury emissions from coal-fired power plants. They argued that the ruling requires EPA to set “inappropriate and unnecessary emission standards for power plants.”
So, mercury may not be okay in certain light bulbs, but it’s okay in coal-fired power plants? And, what about mercury in dental fillings? Hell, we’re Americans, and we can damn well choose what type of light bulbs we want, what sort of fillings we get, and what type of big ass cars we drive!
Note: I don’t like it when science gets distorted by politics on either side of the spectrum. /off soap box