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10 March, 2007


Whilst in Sainsbury's I noticed the headline of the Daily Mail, the mildly xenophobic tabloid for middle-class people who wouldn't admit to reading a tabloid.  Yesterday it was announced that the EU is to phase-out traditional light bulbs in favour of energy-efficient CFL bulbs.

The Mail's headline? 'Europe Turns Out Our Lights'.


Staggering - you really got to hand it to them huh? No-one except the Mail could turn a positive story like that into a xenophobic outburst...

Posted by Siobhan Curran at March 10, 2007 10:05 PM

I don't think forcing a product on people is ever a good idea. Also, I was amazed to learn CFLs had mercury in them especially considering how much they've been pushed by...well pretty much everyone lately. At least if we had the choice between light bulbs you could make the arguement that this falls under 'buyer beware' however if our government is going to ban the alternatives it becomes a completly different matter.

Posted by AKALucifer at April 30, 2007 07:09 PM

I disagree. For once, I fully support compulsory action, and don't believe the presence of mercury totally ruins the concept of energy-efficient lighting. Yes, it'd be preferable if CFLs were mercury-free, but that's a matter for ongoing development, and no reason to delay the phasing-out of incandescent bulbs – their gross disadvantages outweigh the lesser problems of existing CFLs.

I don't believe anything substantial would happen if introduction was merely voluntary. Even if politicians lacked the courage/ideology to ban incandescents outright, I'd favour making them very, very expensive, strongly dissuading people from using them.

Posted by NRT at April 30, 2007 11:55 PM

Thank you for formatting me previous post.

I think you're being slightly blasé about the dangers of mercury vapour. I can't wait for mercury content being the reason the EU phases out CFLs in favour of the safer, more expensive and even more energy efficent LED-arrangement-bulb.

Posted by AKALucifer at May 19, 2007 10:35 PM
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