The fact that the federal government has unilaterally determined the type of light bulbs we are able to purchase is beyond Orwellian. Even more bizarre is the fact that the obnoxious, curlicue Compact Fluorescent Light bulbs (CFLs) are a known health hazard due to their content of toxic mercury. But now there is another major cause for concern.
First the mercury.
There have been thousands of reports of these ridiculous curlicue light bulbs bursting, cracking, and sizzling in their sockets. While similar things have happened with traditional incandescent bulbs, the difference is the CFLs contain mercury–it seeps out of the CFLs and it’s extremely dangerous. In fact, according to the Environmental Protection Agency, if a CFL breaks in your home you must:
-“Have people and pets leave the room, and don’t let anyone walk through the breakage area on their way out; open a window and leave the room for 15 minutes or more.”
- “Shut off the central forced-air heating/air conditioning system, if you have one.”
- “Do not use a vacuum or broom to clean up the broken bulb on hard surfaces, [instead] carefully scoop up glass pieces and powder using stiff paper or cardboard and place them in a glass jar with metal lid (such as a canning jar) or in a sealed plastic bag.”
- “Use sticky tape, such as duct tape, to pick up any remaining small glass fragments and powder; wipe the area clean with damp paper towels or disposable wet wipes. Place towels in the glass jar or plastic bag.”
Now the latest green blunder associated with these asinine lights: they have the ability to cause skin cancer.
A study published in the journal of Photochemistry and Photobiology reveals that the CFLs emit ultraviolet radiation, which is supposed to be blocked by a phosphor coating. However, scientists from Stony Brook University on Long Island, New York noted that the protective coating was lacking, or inconsistent, allowing the emission of significant levels of ultraviolet rays.
Said the researchers, “Our study revealed that the response of healthy skin cells to UV emitted from CFL bulbs is consistent with damage from ultraviolet radiation.”
The researchers continued with a further warning: “Despite their large energy savings, consumers should be careful when using compact fluorescent light bulbs. Our research shows that it is best to avoid using them at close distances and that they are safest when placed behind an additional glass cover.”
By the way, your good, reliable, cheap incandescent lamp does not have the same effect on your skin.
This is what I describe as full-throttled eco-tyranny. In their zeal for being green, the eco-freaks have placed the population at great risk. What are we supposed to do, wear sunscreen inside the house? I’m serious! My dad died of melanoma. It was an awful way for him to pass. I had too much sun as a youth and now have to get screened for cancer every six months. Applying sunscreen is a daily routine. Now, because of these eco-fascists, I’m now not even safe inside my own home!
Same damn thing with the CAFE standards. People are now driving around in flimsy little vehicles, in some cases the size of a roll-cage with wheels. People are gonna die (and likely have many times over) because of these silly little clown cars.
Ohhh, but they get great mileage.
Sober up, you fools. We need a wholesale change in Washington, D.C. They’re killing us.
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