CFL’s soon to replace incandescent bulbs
I’m fanatical about saving electricity. When compact fluorescent light bulbs (CFL’s) first appeared I knew they were ridiculously expensive but they promised to last two to three times longer and use almost a tenth of the electricity. Naturally, I replaced every non-dimming light in my house. I spent more than a hundred dollars but I felt justified I’d make it up in the long-haul.
In truth since that day, about 3 years ago I’ve only replaced maybe half of the original bulbs. I still don’t feel like I completely wasted my money.
SO WHAT IF A CFL BREAKS?
A few weeks ago an old light fixture in my bathroom suddenly fell from the ceiling, shattering both the glass shade and CFL bulbs all around and on my feet. Aside from being startled, I thought little about it. I grabbed the vacuum and cleaned up the mess. Little did I know I had been exposed to an element as toxic as lead.
Environmentalists and lefties, hang with me, this is serious stuff. And TRUE.
CFL’s contain mercury. Mercury is a heavy metal that is extremely toxic to humans. Especially when inhaled. Guess what? When that CFL exploded in my bathroom the fine dust that was emitted contained mercury. Because I failed to do any research and like every left-wing idiot I know, I trusted that government would not force a harmful product on me, I never read the disclaimers that accompany the bulbs.
DID YOU KNOW?
- Get your pets out of the room
- Open a window and air the room out
- Leave the room for 5-10 minutes
- Turn off all AC, Heating, and fans
- Do not use a vacuum or broom to remove debris
- Scoop debris up using a stiff piece of paper or cardboard
- Seal debris in a mason jar or sealable plastic bag
- Use tape or wet wipes to completely remove all dust particles
- Continue to air out the room without air conditioning for “several hours”
This sounds like a very serious toxic waste removal process if you ask me.
FURTHERMORE, you shouldn’t throw them away after they burn out. WHY? Because they are 100 times worse for the environment than incandescent bulbs. Click this to see what the US Geological Survey has this to say about the environmental dangers of mercury.
If the average American never reads those annoying software agreements and simply clicks “yes” then it stands to reason we won’t read the barely legible warning and instructions on a CFL package. And it is an established fact that the overwhelming number of elected officials in Washington never read a word of any bill they vote on. They simply vote as their vacuous party leaders tell them.
WHY IS LEAD PAINT ILLEGAL?
We were told lead paint and lead products had to be completely removed from everything because even the most remote possibility of exposure had to be eliminated. It was for the safety of the children. Yet now we are being forced to install mercury-containing light bulbs in the baby’s room. In that lamp beside the crib. You know the one baby will eventually knock over and break.
To stress the point… What’s the point of keeping lead out of the wall-paint baby will likely never chew off the wall (now the dog is another story) but we’ll force you to put glass containers fill with toxic dust and gas all around baby.
So when I stumbled across this article on Real Clear Markets this morning something stuck me. Nothing makes sense in a left-wing world. On the one-hand we must save the planet, on another we have to protect people from everything – even themselves. Saving the planet means forcing people to save energy as well as reducing pollution.
But what if these three ideals (pollution, energy, and protecting the public health) come into conflict? Who wins?
Whoever has the louder voice and the smaller brain.
Environmentalist howl about power plants that release mercury but justify loading homes by force with the same toxic substance. Blind-spot or stupid-spot? The Earth911 post tells us one CFL “will contaminate more than 1000 gallons of water beyond safe levels.” Yet they justify it by telling us to recycle and it will all be fine. Why doesn’t this argument hold for lead paint? You know, just make sure you sweep up the paint chips put them in a sealed bag and send them off to a recycling facility.
By the way, I found a broken CFL in the creek behind my house a few months back.
SO WHO FORCED THIS ON US?
California Democrat, Jane Harman and Michigan Republican, Fred Upton, both Representatives in 2007 put forward the bill, the Energy Independence and Security Act. President G.W. Bush signed it into law. It was bi-partisan stupidity.
Why? Because they want to save energy. Did anyone question the environmental impact? Did any of these idiots even know what a CFL was? Of course not.
Now Harman is gone but Upton is now the Chair of the House Energy and Commerce Committee. He promised hearings to remove the odious law but has done nothing. I think first because he has to admit he is an idiot and second because there is no public outcry. No out cry because we the people don’t yet understand how much worse CFL’s are than incandescents.
THE INEVITABLE AFFECTS
One of the effects of mercury exposure to the human brain is insanity. (Ever hear the phrase “mad as a hatter”? Comes from the 18th century where hat-makers used mercury in processing and many had emotional instability – read irrational fits of rage.)
If we begin releasing large amounts of mercury into the environment the problem of liberalism will only get worse. Maybe that’s the plan!
Let’s face it who will follow the CFL recycling guidelines – let alone read them. I’ll confess, I’ve thrown a dozen or more in the trash since 2007; completely unaware there was a hazard.
People, we are screwed as a culture. We prance around all cocky opposing Christians because they make us feel guilty while embracing Muslims who want to kill us for our sin, we want to stimulate the economy but punish anyone who goes into business, and finally we outlaw lead because it’s harmful then force everyone to swim in mercury.
If the country continues to follow the crazies in California and leftists in Washington I’m afraid Rev. Wright’s famous 2001 hate-speech will become all too appropriate, (although in an entirely different context), “America’s chickens have come home to roost.” Unfortunately they may not have beaks.
STUDY NOTES: EFFECTS OF MERCURY EXPOSURE
- Genetic mutations
- Birth defects
- Damage to nervous system
- Loss of coordination
- Loss of smell and taste
- Enzymatic alterations
- Neurodevelopmental effects
- Gastrointestinal damage
- Kidney failure
- Thyroid damage
- Emotional instability ie: mood swings, irritability, nervousness, excessive shyness (insanity – my interpretation)
- Memory loss
- Possibly cancer
sources: Greenfacts.org, the U.S. Geological Survey, and the EPA.