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January 5, 2008

Compact Fluorescent Bulbs Cause Skin Cancer

Aside from their high prices and the extremely toxic mercury inside them, compact fluorescent bulbs can give you skin cancer.

Compact fluorescents are also suspected of causing migraines and exacerbating the symptoms of epilepsy and lupus. They flicker, and can take up to a minute to warm up. If you break one, the environmental cleanup can cost $thousands.

In short, they are a dangerous, expensive and thoroughly inferior product.

Nonetheless, these idiotic "eco-bulbs" will be mandatory in both American and British homes within the next few years. It's the government's duty to compel us to suffer for Gaia, lest she be offended.

compact-fluorescent.jpg   One of the worst ideas authoritarian moonbats have had yet.

On a tip from Bill V.

Posted by Van Helsing at January 5, 2008 1:50 PM


I doubt the cancer scare. So what if the light they provide is "more intense"? I have shades on all my bulbs. In fact the only non-shaded bulb is in a ceiling fixture and it's fairly dim - 60w equiv.) So wheres the harm in more intense light?

I don't like the gubmint demanding we use them, but can we hold off on the scare tactics? Remember Alar? Or the Vaccines-cause-every-disease-imaginable scare? This is symptomatic of moonbattery. Let's wait, huh?

Posted by: benning at January 5, 2008 2:15 PM

What about the MURCERY, benning? And the fluorescents are DIMMER, not brighter.

Posted by: KHarn at January 5, 2008 3:23 PM

Benning, I think you're on the wrong track here. The new bulbs contain mercury, must be disposed of separately, cost much more than incandescents, are recommended to put in and take out with gloves on due to the toxicity, do not give off enough light to read, etc. That is why they have a whopping 5 % market share - nobody wants them.

But the larger story here is the growing alliance between ecosocialists, and the large businesses who are slowly but carefully figuring out how to take advantage of the hysteria and are now supporting ecosocialist legislation. In this case, it's the light bulb companies supporting legislation that'll give them a govt-mandated increase in market share. Much the same is happening all across the energy industry as companies figure out how to take advantage and benefit from ecohysteria. And, of course, corn. Years from now, that'll be the history of the era: the usual private interests, so often derided by the ecokooks, leveraging ecohysteria to walk off with many tens of billions, while the eco-insane pat themselves on the back, and prices and regluations go through the roof for normal, everyday people.

Meanwhile, I just read that there is no shelf life expiration to incandescents. Might I recommend that home owners take about $3,000 and head over to Home Depot sometime between now and 2012.

Posted by: mega at January 5, 2008 5:01 PM

Seems like if you're pockets aren't being lined with gold by the carbon offset racket, next best thing would be to open up a haz-mat clean-up chain across the States. And don't think nobody's thinking about it.

Let's come up with a nifty wholesome name.

Posted by: Corona at January 5, 2008 5:29 PM

HATE this.

Worst idea since the idiotic low-flush toilets.

Posted by: Vote for ANYbody with a SANE energy policy at January 5, 2008 6:13 PM

"next best thing would be to open up a haz-mat clean-up chain across the States"

f'ing brilliant.

Posted by: mega at January 5, 2008 7:00 PM

Actually the f-lites will go the way of the betamax recorder quite soon enough..they have LED clusters coming to the shelves shortly that'll put their power savings and non-eco friendliness out of business.

Tungsten filament is old news, old technology, and advances are good.

The Gummint Dictating that I Have to use an alternative source is bad. I have both, I'll use both. Hey Sacramento, hows my dick tates?

Oh, really enjoy your Blog, have for years...

Posted by: howlsatmoon at January 5, 2008 11:40 PM

"Worst idea since the idiotic low-flush toilets."

We even had a term for them down here: "Double-Flush".

You are 100% right on the LEDs!

Posted by: KHarn at January 6, 2008 11:31 AM

i removed every single one when we moved into our new house - wrapped them and now i don't know what to do with them - they are in a protected environment.

i prefer my old-fashioned bulbs.

Posted by: nanc at January 6, 2008 2:16 PM

If fluorescent bulbs are suddenly so deadly and cancerous, why have the corporations been employing them in just about every single American workplace for decades?

Are you then prepared to admit to corporate malfeasance for every single American who has ever worked in an office or gone to school?

Posted by: hashfanatic at January 6, 2008 3:16 PM

Regarding the mercury--it takes 100 of these bulbs to equal one old-fashioned thermometer. Remember those mercury-filled thermometers we all put in our mouths?

I can't speak to the other issues listed here, but it seems a bit of a hysteria hype to me.

Posted by: Betheranne at January 8, 2008 10:26 AM

And regarding the expensive clean up, that story from Maine is seldom reported in its entirety.

Posted by: betheranne at January 8, 2008 10:33 AM

"Worst idea since the idiotic low-flush toilets."

KHam, you are absolutely correct on this one.

Even worse, the new "Energystar" front-loading washing machines...good concept, but many models use far too little water to wash, and the clothes simply do not come out clean.

But the new bulbs, you guys are totally wrong about. They totally have their place, they can save you tremendous dollars on your electric bill, any dangers with mercury, as mentioned above, are negligible and inflated by the neocon energy lobbyists, and here's a flash, no pun intended...there are many light fixtures, enclosed fittings, appliances, range hoods, etc. that CFLs are not well-suited or inappropriate to, so traditional incandescent bulbs will ALWAYS BE READILY AVAILABLE...

There are enough real issues to worry over.

Please stop inventing ridiculous bogeymen and finding evilian lightbulbs waiting to pounce at you in every alley, for it is embarrassing.

Common sense, folks. Common sense.

Posted by: hashfanatic at January 8, 2008 9:09 PM