Friday, December 18, 2009

Road To Hell Is Paved With, Well You Know

'Green' Light Bulbs Symbolize A Bad Idea

"The signature spiral shape of the compact fluorescent light bulb has become, in many ways, a symbol of all things "green." It is an easily recognizable representation of energy savings because, yes, these neat looking bulbs last a lot longer than typical bulbs. But, upon deeper investigation, they are actually far worse for the environment (and the human race), than they are good. Which makes them the absolute perfect symbol of all things marketed as green these days.
Given the amount of misinformation and public relations spin that has occurred during the past year about a whole host of "green" products and services, I can't think of a more fitting emblem. The reality is: These light bulbs are about as good for the environment as a toxic chemical spill—specifically a mercury spill. You know mercury, one of the most toxic substances known to mankind.
Even the roughly 5 milligrams found within these "green" light bulbs can be absorbed through the skin or inhaled. Exposure to any level of mercury is hazardous to your health and can cause neurological problems. In other words, you really don't want to break one of these poison bulbs in your home."

Energy-efficient traffic lights can't melt snow

stop, no, get going

"MILWAUKEE – Cities around the country that have installed energy-efficient traffic lights are discovering a hazardous downside: The bulbs don't burn hot enough to melt snow and can become crusted over in a storm — a problem blamed for dozens of accidents and at least one death.
"I've never had to put up with this in the past," said Duane Kassens, a driver from West Bend who got into a fender-bender recently because he couldn't see the lights. "The police officer told me the new lights weren't melting the snow. How is that safe?"

Prius worse for environment than hummer

"The Toyota Prius has become the flagship car for those in our society so environmentally conscious that they are willing to spend a premium to show the world how much they care. Unfortunately for them, their ultimate ‘green car’ is the source of some of the worst pollution in North America; it takes more combined energy per Prius to produce than a Hummer."


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