Okay, that really stunk … but this amused me:
Did Uncle Sam rush far too fast to force Americans to screw only
“energy-efficient” light bulbs into their sockets by the year 2012?
Yes, says Rep. Michele Bachmann, the first Republican woman to
be elected to Congress from Minnesota. The recently enacted energy
bill, she explains, contains a provision to phase out incandescent
light bulbs, mandating that only the energy-efficient bulbs can be sold
in the United Stats in fewer than four years’ time.
Mrs. Bachmann notes, however, that the new “high-mercury light
bulbs chosen for them by the government received little scrutiny” and
cites studies linking the green bulbs to higher incidences of breast
Just before the Easter recess, she introduced the Light Bulb
Freedom of Choice Act, which would repeal the mandate until the health
questions are answered.
Of course, aside from the breast cancer concerns, doesn’t it bother anyone that MERCURY is a main component in these suckers? I was picking up some light bulbs at the store the other day and one of these boxes had been manhandled. The box had a little cut-out on the side where the ecofanatics could ooh and aah over the beauty of the government mandated spiral. Well, the little spiral didn’t survive the trip too well, as it was shattered in pieces.
Does Wal-Mart have a Haz-Mat team in place?