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  • 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...
  • Did Congress Legislate Skin Cancer for All Americans?

    07/27/2012 3:59:17 PM PDT · by kingattax · 27 replies
    Godfather Politics ^ | 7-27-12 | Giacomo
    Several years ago, a push began in Congress to make incandescent light bulbs illegal. The measure was designed to force Americans to use the more energy efficient CFL (compact florescent light bulbs). Supposedly, CFL bulbs use less electricity and last longer. However, I find that I have had to replace some CFL bulbs almost as often as incandescent bulbs. I still have incandescent bulbs that have been in use for many years and still burning brightly. I, like many consumers, resisted the forced legislation more because of cost more than anything else and I hate it when Congress keeps interfering...
  • CFL bulbs: Shedding Light on Misleading Performance Claims (EPA's claims about CFL's are bogus)

    01/14/2012 8:08:34 PM PST · by Robert A Cook PE · 185 replies · 1+ views
    By Kirk Myers, Seminole County Environmental News Examiner This article, the second in a series, focuses on the misleading performance claims surrounding the “more energy efficient” compact fluorescent light (CFL) bulbs now replacing traditional incandescent bulbs. These potentially harmful mercury-filled lamps (see my previous column describing the dangers) are being forced on consumers by the U.S. congress with support from the Green Lobby and light-bulb manufacturers like GE, Sylvania and Phillips. These and other manufacturers stand to make huge profits selling the more expensive CFLs (more on that issue in my next column). There is a growing body of evidence...
  • The EPA's Mercury Madness

    12/23/2011 4:32:02 AM PST · by IBD editorial writer · 39 replies
    The EPA thinks it's worth spending billions of dollars each year to reduce already minuscule amounts of mercury in the outside air. So why is it trying to shove mercury-laced fluorescent bulbs into everyone's homes?
  • Feds can't make up minds on mercury bulbs

    07/23/2011 7:27:15 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 33 replies
    WorldNetDaily ^ | July 22, 2011 | WND
    In what critics call a classic case of the government working at cross purposes, Washington is forcing residents across the country to install mercury lighting inside their homes while phasing out mercury lighting outside homes to protect the environment. Yes, you read that right. In 2005, Congress passed a law banning mercury vapor streetlights – two years before it banned incandescent light bulbs in favor of mercury vapor compact florescent bulbs. Under the Energy Policy Act, signed by President Bush in August 2005, manufacturers cannot make or import ballasts for mercury vapor lights after Jan. 1, 2008. According to the...
  • 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.
  • 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...
  • 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,...
  • 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...
  • The New Light Bulbs Lose a Little Shine (The "Greens" and Libs destroying America)

    01/22/2011 8:06:33 AM PST · by tobyhill · 108 replies
    wall street journal ^ | 1/19/2011 | By REBECCA SMITH
    California's utilities are spending $548 million over seven years to subsidize consumer purchases of compact fluorescent lamps. But the benefits are turning out to be less than expected. One reason is that bulbs have gotten so cheap that Californians buy more than they need and sock them away for future use. Another reason is that the bulbs are burning out faster than expected. California's experience is notable because energy experts have placed high hopes on compact fluorescent lamps. Often spiral-shaped, they screw into existing light sockets and offer energy savings of about 75% over traditional incandescent light bulbs. Many nations...
  • Upton flips a switch on CFL bulbs--Feeling heat, lawmaker sees light on incandescents

    12/06/2010 6:42:56 PM PST · by jazusamo · 82 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | December 6, 2010 | Stephan Dinan
    Three years after he led the charge to require consumers to ditch their comfortable old incandescent lights in favor of those twisty CFL bulbs, Rep. Fred Upton now wants to be the man to help undo that law as the next chairman of the House Energy and Commerce Committee. That about-face is not unique among lawmakers looking to atone for stances they've taken over the past decade as they seek to gain top posts in a decidedly more conservative Republican Congress, but his reversal underscores how intent the GOP is on proving it has broken with past practices. "We have...
  • Will The Light Bulb Ban Inspire A Conversion?

    11/29/2010 1:21:37 AM PST · by Scanian · 63 replies
    The American Thinker ^ | November 29, 2010 | Luminus Maximus
    Why is the incandescent light bulb ban such a lightning rod for Tea Party-inspired remorse from big government Republicans? Simple: it's a liberty-stealing assault on our privacy and common sense, outrageously expensive, and doesn't solve any of the problems it's intended to fix. That's only for starters. The most egregious feature is that the ban makes fools of the American people who willingly succumb to such nonsense from Washington, DC. Congressman Fred Upton (R-MI) campaigning to advance his chances in ascending the chair of the House Energy and Commerce Committee now says he'd open hearings to reconsider the phase out...
  • 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...
  • Not such a bright idea.

    09/29/2010 5:25:43 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 45 replies
    Fresh Ink (GOPUSA) ^ | September 29, 2010 | Kay Daly
    When the government regulates how much water a toilet can flush, or what kind of lightbulbs you can put in your table lamps at home, the Constitution looks pretty small in the rear view mirror. Exactly where in the Constitution does it say that it is the government's business how much water my toilet is flushing or what kind of lightbulb illuminates my household? But the busybodies in the environmental movement have folks convinced of a lot of things that just aren't so. Remember the campaign that passed the lightbulb bill? The holier-than-thou greenies told us that if we only...
  • Obama's War On Light Bulbs

    09/13/2010 9:11:08 AM PDT · by raptor22 · 63 replies · 1+ views
    National Review Online ^ | September 13, 2010 | Greg Pollowitz
    What would Thomas Edison say? IBD editors: 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.
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • Obama announces energy cuts using CFLs, night vision goggles (satire)

    06/29/2009 1:00:07 PM PDT · by inkling · 5 replies · 699+ views ^ | June 29, 2009 | Jon
    Aiming to keep the focus on climate change legislation, President Barack Obama put in a plug for administration efforts to drastically reduce energy use by lamps and lighting equipment. In the past, the president emphasized using CFLs, LEDs and other low-energy bulbs to reduce the nation's carbon footprint. But today Obama asked American consumers to remove light bulbs altogether and use night vision goggles instead. "I know night vision goggles may not seem sexy, but this simple action holds enormous promise." the president said, equipped with the high-tech eyewear. "Seven percent of all the energy consumed in America is used...
  • 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...