Death of light bulb due to big business lobby

Can you believe our government decided to regulate what kind of light bulbs we can purchase? This has annoyed me to no end. According to Wikipedia:

Governments around the world have passed measures to phase out incandescent light bulbs for general lighting in favor of more energy-efficient lighting alternatives. Phase-out regulations effectively ban the manufacture, importation or sale of current incandescent light bulbs for general lighting. The regulations would allow sale of future versions of incandescent bulbs if they are sufficiently energy efficient.

Of course, we’re told the ban is necessary if we want to save the planet. However, this is just part of the global warming scheme to control us and take our money. As reported by reason.com:

The ban was pushed by light bulb makers eager to up-sell customers on longer-lasting and much more expensive halogen, compact fluorescent, and LED lighting. When customers balked at paying more for home lighting, General Electric, Sylvania, and Philips did what corporate behemoths always do: They turned to the government for regulation that rigs the market in their favor.

The very people who take the time to protest big corporations are also the primary supporters of the global warming scheme, which is putting tons of money into big business coffers. Should someone point this out to them? According to The New American:

The New York Times noted that the huge Dutch conglomerate Royal Phillips Electronics, maker of high-efficiency (and high-profit) light-emitting-diode (LED) lights, had formed a coalition with a number of environmental groups including the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) to press Congress to raise energy efficiency requirements on light bulbs to the point where incandescents would essentially be outlawed. The head of Phillips’ “strategic sustainability initiatives,” Harry Verhaar, said at the time, “We felt that we needed to make a call and show that the best-known lighting technology, the incandescent light bulb, is at the end of its lifetime.”

The new bulbs are not without their problems. For example, CFL bulbs contain mercury. According to npr:

The Environmental Protection Agency and some large business, including Wal-Mart, are aggressively promoting the sale of compact fluorescent light bulbs as a way to save energy and fight global warming. They want Americans to buy many millions of them over the coming years.

But the bulbs contain small amounts of mercury, a neurotoxin, and the companies and federal government haven’t come up with effective ways to get Americans to recycle them.

“The problem with the bulbs is that they’ll break before they get to the landfill. They’ll break in containers, or they’ll break in a dumpster or they’ll break in the trucks. Workers may be exposed to very high levels of mercury when that happens,” says John Skinner, executive director of the Solid Waste Association of North America, the trade group for the people who handle trash and recycling.

Skinner says when bulbs break near homes, they can contaminate the soil.

Mercury is a potent neurotoxin, and it’s especially dangerous for children and fetuses. Most exposure to mercury comes from eating fish contaminated with mercury…

Experts agree that it’s not easy for most people to recycle these bulbs.

There was also this recall last March, Some LED light bulbs catching fire.

Check your lamps and light fixtures. Half a million LED bulbs are being recalled because they might catch fire.

The problems don’t make me feel better about having to buy different light bulbs.

I’m not against new and/or different technology. However, this is America and I should be able to make my own choices. Perhaps I will one day prefer to use non-incandescent light bulbs when they’ve proven to be safe. But let me get this straight. The anti-capitalist, pro-green energy people who won’t allow me the right to choose an incandescent light bulb are also the people who defend a woman’s right to choose to kill her own baby as long as it’s still in her womb. There’s something wrong with that, unless murdering babies (i.e., reducing the world’s population) is also seen as helping to save the planet. Open secret – it is. All the elite who promote the new world order/one world government are eugenicists.

As for the light bulbs, there may be hope for those who prefer the old technology. According to The New American:

[There is] an awful lot of room for the free market to develop low-cost, high-efficiency options to the LEDs and CFLs offered by Phillips, GE, and Sylvania. For instance, Advanced Lighting Technologies has introduced a light bulb that Edison would recognize and envy, called the 2X Bulb, which greatly exceeds the 2007 law’s efficiency requirements while costing only slightly more than the ones currently disappearing from store shelves.

In an ironic twist, the prices of LED bulbs are falling so quickly that even CFLs are in jeopardy and may disappear from the market in the next few years. Spokesmen for GE and for Cree LED both admitted privately that CFLs are losing market share and not gaining as expected, and that manufacturers might just stop making them altogether.

At present there are plenty of the old-fashioned, low-cost bulbs around in any wattage a consumer could want. They are available on Ebay for under a dollar, and at 1000Bulbs.com, where common wattages are available at $.80 apiece, or even less in quantity.

Be careful, though. The NSA will have a record of your light bulb purchase. You may be fined, or worse, by the U.S. and/or world government.

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