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 Richard Nixon 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.
We’re going to sock it to industry with new air-quality regulations to reduce airborne mercury, but we’re going to subject everyone to increased mercury risk in their homes by forcing them to use CFL bulbs. Have a look at EPA guidance for disposing CFLs and what to do if one breaks in your house.
Well, that’s OK, says the left. Snappy technology has fixed that with the LED light. Ummm … oops!
A new study out this week from the University of California concludes that LEDs contain lead and arsenic. The study found that … “low-intensity red LEDs exhibit significant cancer and noncancer potential due to the high content of arsenic and lead.” The researchers also tested larger LEDs such as car headlights and traffic lights, also finding high levels of toxic materials.
Let’s go to the Big Board! Is this the 156,768th unintended bad consequence of liberal do-gooderism this century? Or the 156,769th? If any other product was potentially this hazardous, Congress would move to ban it, not mandate its purchase by every American.