30 April 2007

the bulb fiasco

back when i first posted about the negatives of compact flourescents, i had only dreamed of the foulness that could result from a broken bulb. now there's a real story.
It's quite odd that environmentalists have embraced the CFL, which cannot now and will not in the foreseeable future be made without mercury. Given that there are about five billion light bulb sockets in North American households, we're looking at the possibility of creating billions of hazardous waste sites such as the Bridges' bedroom.
i'll chalk it up to ignorance, like the plastic bag ban in california. i guess we must be seen doing something rather than appear complacent working toward a real solution.

1 comment:

  1. Ugh, talk about unintended consequences. I jumped on that bandwagon too early, it seems.