Surber runs down a disturbing list of some of the many, many things we foolish, overly-paranoid Reich-wingers had right all along.
Kang and Kodos on The Simpsons say, “Foolish Earthlings.”
Lefties say foolish right-wingers.
Nik Popli of Time magazine wrote, “This isn’t the first time a culture war has targeted a common household appliance (ie, the ongoing crusade to ban gas stoves—M). Republicans have been venting their frustration over federal energy-efficiency standards for more than two decades — including over the Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007 that forced U.S. consumers to switch to more energy-efficient light bulbs.”
Conservatives warned at the time that the replacement — Compact Fluorescent Light bulbs — contained mercury.
On July 31, 2007, Dr. John Balbus, Chief Health Officer at Environmental Defense Fund, assured one and all that there was no problem with CFLs.
He wrote, “Despite some alarming news reports, you don’t have much to worry about. If a CFL breaks, some of the mercury that’s contained in the bulb will evaporate into the air. How much? It’s hard to be certain, but one study looking at long tubular fluorescent bulbs found that over a two-week period, only 17% to 40% of the mercury in the bulb evaporated. The rest remained stuck in the bulb. Roughly one-third of the mercury that evaporated did so in the first eight hours after the breakage; the rest seeped out slowly over the remainder of the study period.”
15 years later, lighting manufacturer TCP reported, “You’ve seen the headlines. CFL light bulb bans started making their way through state legislatures last year, and California has become the second state to sign one into law. Vermont’s light bulb ban passed in May, forbidding sales of CFLs as of February 2023. California’s phase-out begins in January 2024.”
Gee, why is that?
TCP reported, “Because CFLs and linear fluorescent lamps — aka those long, slender tubes in overhead fixtures — contain the known toxin mercury, the CFL light bulb ban is framed as a protection for both waste workers and the wider environment.”
So we switched over to LEDs. I cannot wait to find out what the flaw is in LED so lefties can ban them as well and replace them with wax cylinders that provide light as they burn down. Remember, the answer to the question what did socialists use before they used candles is electricity.
Foolish right-wingers keep being right.
Hey, it’s right (ahem) there in the name, and there’s a reason for that.
Well, the LED is pretty safe. It’s here to stay, cheaper and cheaper and better and better. I hated the CFL and invested in a couple hundred bucks worth of incandescent bulbs to assure my future supply. I have a few left…
LED’s are a nice replacement when carefully chosen for the type of light and amount of light. Mucho electrical savings all the time and in the summer, very little heat for the AC to remove saving even more.
Those “wax cylinders that provide light as they burn down” also provide CO2 as they burn down, so they will ALSO be banned. Except for use by Our Betters.
heh, they’ll also burn down your house if you’re not careful 🙂