Friday, April 3, 2009

Light from the Global Warming Crowd

That 2014 is the current deadline for phasing out conventional incandescent lamps in the US makes a recent chronology appear eerie or at least a spectacular coincidence.

A few days ago I read a post at Right Truth regarding Debbie's experience with the dreaded CFL, or compact fluorescent lamps, that are to replace the conventional incandescent variety. Several times I postponed purchasing replacement lamps determining I could wait until at least the next one to expire met its fate.

After reading the post at Right Truth, go figure, an incandescent lamp in my house failed that evening. I said as much in a comment on Debbie's blog. As it sits now, related to that I had decided to offer some posts promoting George Will's columns after reading one entitled 'The Toxic Assets We Elected.' You'll understand why I am offering the suggestion to read another George Will column today when you read the excerpt below.

Okay, it's another timely, skillful, refreshing contribution from an accomplished individual worth reading. But it has the added value of fitting the uncanny chronology described earlier.

Climate Change's Dim Bulbs Written by George F. Will, Washington Post Thursday, 02 April 2009

The story recounted some Americans' misadventures with the new light bulbs that almost all Americans -- all but those who are filling their closets with supplies of today's incandescent bulbs -- will have to use after the phaseout of today's bulbs in 2014. (You missed that provision of the Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007?)

A San Francisco -- naturally -- couple emerged from Al Gore's movie "An Inconvenient Truth" incandescent with desire to think globally and act locally, in their home. So they replaced their incandescent bulbs with the compact fluorescents that Congress says must soon be ubiquitous. "Instead of having a satisfying green moment, however," the Times reported, "they wound up coping with a mess."

And some want the same people who brought you global warming to manage your healthcare. Now that's scary.

Stanford Matthews

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