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 bulbs throw off.[...]
So why are we making the switch? It was mandated by the Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007. The theory, of course, is that we’ll consume less energy. It’s all part of the green agenda. The same agenda that the president insists will produce scads of high-paying, earth-friendly “green jobs.” Tell that to the 200 workers in Winchester, Va., who are losing their jobs as General Electric closes its incandescent-bulb factory there. Or to the Americans who work in other plants that have been shuttered.
Yes, some jobs will be created, thanks to the ban. Unfortunately, those jobs won’t be here in the U.S. -- they’ll be in China, where CFLs can be made cheaper. [...]
Perhaps what President Obama means by “green jobs” is that we’ll be moving lots of American greenbacks overseas to create jobs elsewhere. But at least we’ll be saving energy, right? Not according to a recent study sponsored by Sandia National Laboratories in New Mexico and funded by the U.S. Department of Energy. It found that energy use under newer “efficient” lighting will actually go up rather than down.
Read the rest here, especially if, like me, you are prone to migraine headaches and find the whole thought of having to move to CFLs depressing beyond belief.
I've written about this before, but if anything shows just how far from the original notion of certain sane limits on federal power we've come in our day, it's the very idea that it is the job of Congress to regulate and ban the sale and purchase of the incandescent light bulb, a product that has been symbolic of American ingenuity and invention since Thomas Edison's first successful bulb dispelled the darkness with its illuminating fire. The question as to whether incandescents themselves could be made a bit more energy-efficient was apparently not even asked; the decision to ban them in favor of foreign-made, potentially hazardous mercury-containing bulbs was offered up on the Green Altar to appease the angry deities of environmentalism, with our unenlightened Congressmen and women bowing down in mock-worship of whatever they think will get them elected this time around, in a hypocritical liturgical prostration fitting for a godless age.
The truth is that it doesn't even matter to our Congresspeople if CFLs end up being less energy efficient (as they likely will), once they are made in China and shipped to the U.S. and disposed of improperly so that their mercury leaches out into the environment, or disposed of properly on pain of fines and at great public expense. It only matters that our dull public servants expect to gull the public into thinking that they have Done Something about the Climate Change that we used to call Global Warming that they take for granted Humans are Causing--but not huge wasteful corporations, of course, or dim public servants jetting all over the world on "fact-finding" tours; just small homes where ordinary families bring about Global Catastrophe by insisting on lighting the way for their unfortunate planet-wasting progeny by use of Mr. Edison's clever gizmo.
And so it becomes imperative to take the incandescent light bulb away from the populace, who has been measured and found wanting in the Green scales--because if they truly understood their proper place in the environment, the populace would quit breeding, and leave the planet for the two to three billion (or fewer) elect who in virtue of their superior meekness deem themselves worthy of inheriting the earth.
Of course, when you think that human beings are a plague on the planet who ought to be encouraged to stop breeding, it's pretty stupid to replace good light bulbs with poor ones--because the natural tendency of lots of people is going to be to turn the lights off earlier at night and go to bed earlier and...eventually have enough children to grow up and become voters and to change, dramatically, the course of this nation back toward something resembling common sense.
But then, the darkness never has comprehended the light. The darkness doesn't even comprehend the dark.