Saturday, August 11, 2007
Thank You Al Gore
I decided to save some money while decreasing my carbon footprint. I
went and picked up an eight pack of GE Energy -Smart bulbs. I thought this way CB could relax when all the lights are left on in every room of the house. The package promised me they would last five years and save me $300 over the life of the bulbs.
The first thing I notice is that two of these 13 watt/60 watt equivalent bulbs are not as bright as the the two 60 watt incandescent bulbs I replaced in the kitchen. There was an eerie glow in the kitchen that was reminiscent of a Coleman lantern . So I go out and buy a three pack of 26 watt/100 watt equivalent bulbs just for the kitchen. I put the other 100 watt equiv. bulb in the living room lamp that seems to burn 24/7 like the eternal flame, and then I spread the other 8 bulbs throughout the house.
It's been about 2 months now and so far two of these 5 year bulbs have blown out. Now disposal of these bulbs is akin to disposal of plutonium. They contain mercury vapor. A person in Maine who broke one of these in her child's bedroom incurred a $5,000 Haz-Mat clean up bill before she could place her child back in the room to sleep. I don't get it! When I was a kid we loved to break fluorescent bulbs. We used to go behind the super-markets and try to get the big 8 foot ones to hurl at our enemies in gang wars. The garbage-men would let the kids toss the tubes in the truck for them. What's the big deal? My Mom once broke a mercury thermometer in my butt. Maybe that's why no Nobel Laureates came from my neighborhood
I'm suppose to go to this web-site. to find out how to dispose of these WMD's. I think I'll just send them back to G.E. What would happen if a semi loaded with these crashed. It would be a catastrophe on the magnitude of Chernobyl.
I suspect most of these cures to energy and environmental problems will be worse than the diseases. I know ethanol (government subsidized food burning) has caused the price of milk to increase to $4.50 a gallon. It also threatens the economy of Mexico, because the bottom is about to fall out of the tortilla market. I read that Sylvania bulbs have a more pleasant light, but till I solve the problem of the plutonium in my garage I'm just saying NO to Green. I'm already doing my part to save the planet. I gave up using deodorant two years ago, honest, just ask CP.