Liberalism At Work: Get Ready For $50 Light Bulbs (And No, I’m NOT Kidding)

Remember those nifty little  incandescent light bulbs?  They actually worked.  Democrats HATE things that actually work.  So they banned them.

Their claim was that within a few years “green technology” would work its magic and we’d have better energy-saving alternatives in no time.

Well, the ban Democrats imposed will soon go into effect.  And now you can choose between a CFL light bulb laden with incredibly poisonous mercury, or an LED bulb that a) doesn’t actually produce light (which really should kind of be the whole purpose of a light bulb, shouldn’t it?) and b) are shockingly expensive.

I think about the idiocy of making an “environmentally-friendly” “green light bulb” out of mercury – one of the most deadly environmental poisons in the world - and I have to laugh.  But as amazingly stupid as that is, it is EXACTLY what liberals do as a matter of routine.  Think of the additive MTBE  goverment forced oil companies to add to gasoline to clean the air; it had one tiny unforeseen effect of poisoning the ground water.  Who but a liberal could possibly be that stupid?  Then there’s the whole ethanol thing, where we are literally burning food as fuel even as we face food shortages and people are starving.  Again, liberals love to depict themselves as the ones who “care.”  But they don’t actually give one freaking damn about the people they falsely claim to care about.  There was the government-imposed ban on DDT due to what we now know to have been totally bogus pseudo-leftwing-“science,” which has caused more than 30 million people to die who didn’t have to.  Then of course there is the whole global warming hoax where leftwing ideologues were paid huge grant money awards to hype a nonexistent disaster.  And the leftist bureaucrats who paid them that grant money are hoping to get trillions and trillions of dollars in forced economic redistribution as their reward.  And it really doesn’t matter that Mother Earth keeps giving global warming alarmists the very, very, VERY cold shoulder.

Putting liberals in charge of the environment is as stupid as, well, putting liberals in charge of anything.

Here’s what you win for having voted for Democrats in 2006 and allowing them to take control of both the House and the Senate (in addition to the financial implosion that resulted from their policies):

100-Watt LED Bulbs Set To Enter Market
Posted on: Tuesday, 17 May 2011, 09:53 CDT

With 100 watt light bulbs soon to be extinct, manufacturers are set to release an equivalent wattage of LED bulb to replace them, the Associated Press (AP) reports.

In 2007, Congress passed a law mandating that bulbs producing 100 watts worth of light meet certain efficiency goals starting in 2012. The basic design of the incandescent bulb has not changed much in the last century and wastes most of its energy as heat, especially the higher-wattage variety.

The LED bulbs will cost about $50 each and will likely go on sale next year, after the government ban takes effect.

Creating good alternatives to 100-watt bulbs has proven challenging to the lighting industry. The new bulbs have to fit into fixtures designed for older technology.

Compact fluorescents are an obvious replacement, but have flaws. Containing a small amount of toxic mercury vapor which is released if they break or are improperly thrown away, they are technically a health hazard and very few people dispose of them properly. Brighter models are bulky and may not fit in existing fixtures.

Hmmm.  Pay $50 for a light bulb or sit in the dark while you freeze thanks to Democrat’s equally stupid energy policies???

Or there’s a third option: another Republican tidal wave that will allow conservatives to overturn this brain-dead ban.

I’ve been forced to buy some of these “green” bulbs.  They were advertised to last so many tens of times longer.  That turned out to be just as big of a load of crap as just about every other Democrat promise I’ve heard.

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4 Responses to “Liberalism At Work: Get Ready For $50 Light Bulbs (And No, I’m NOT Kidding)”

  1. lighthouse Says:

    Agreed…..
    and its not just the price with LEDs…

    LEDs – like CFLs before them- have recently been found to have serious home breakage and disposal concerns, having lead, arsenic and toxic vapor content,
    according to University of California (Davis and Irvine) research

    http://ceolas.net/#li20ledx

    Overall,
    the ban on the popular simple cheap safe types of incandescents surely makes no sense, from any perspective…
    not just re freedom of choice,
    not just re usage safety,
    not just re there not being an electricity shortage for paying
    customers (and even less so in the future, with all the renewable and
    low emission alternatives)
    – but also the overall society energy savings are small, less than 1%, as from US Dept of Energy and EU institutional own figures (http://ceolas.net/#li171x).

    Besides, notice how light bulb manufacturers have pushed for and
    welcomed this ban on cheap unprofitable light bulbs.
    (http://ceolas.net/#li12ax with documentation and references).

  2. Michael Eden Says:

    Lighthouse,

    Thanks for your input.

    As for the last paragraph, what you describe is A.K.A. “corporatism,” which is A.K.A. “fascism.”

    Whenever you have a cozy relationship between corporations and the government – particularly when corporations and government cooperate on policies that a) drive smaller businesses out of the market and b) hurt the people, you are talking about something dangerous.

  3. lighthouse Says:

    yes there is too much cooperation between for-profit companies and
    public entities in general, in all spheres,
    just seen a university dept with all sorts of “sponsored research” etc
    – by all means let research students commercialize their work, but after the research is done, not before it…

  4. Michael Eden Says:

    Lighthouse,

    That would be the best way to keep the lighthouse lit, methinks.

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