Worldview WeekendBy Tom DeWees
ITEM: Compact fluorescent light bulbs, mandated to replace the century-old reliable incandescent bulb (at four times the cost) contain poisonous liquid mercury over 300 times the EPA's standard accepted safety level. In addition, days after a bulb has been broken, vacuuming or simply crawling across the carpeted floor where the bulb was broken can cause mercury vapor levels to shoot back upwards of 100 times the accepted level of safety.
These figures are according to a report by the Maine Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) after a woman was quoted $2000 for cleanup of a broken compact fluorescent bulb in her house. In short, it basically takes a HAZMAT team to clean up when a bulb is broken. Worse, as the bulbs are used by more Americans, land fills will become toxic waste dumps, forcing massive government response to deal with normal disposal of the filthy things.
Apparently that is how the "green" industry intends to create jobs. These toxic bulbs are bad for the environment, bad for the economy and bad for your health. Who benefits? General Electric and Sylvania, corporations which lobbied Congress to ban the incandescent bulb so they could market the much more profitable "green" bulbs. They make more money and they get to tout their "good environmental stewardship." They even get awards for it.
Time to demand that Congress rescind the coming ban on incandescent bulbs and bring back safety and common sense. Remember, the "green" bulbs were forced on us to cut back on energy use to protect us from global warming. That too is being proven to not exist. Follow the money.
ITEM: Meanwhile, the European Union, always a few years ahead of the US in enforcing tyranny, has begun its ban on the incandescent bulb. The response was an immediate outcry by citizens, both because of the dangers and the costs. Nine days after the ban was to be on place. The furor has failed to subside. Europeans are hording still available supplies of incandescent bulbs. Another sign of the crumbling green "ecoligarchy." Perhaps someday soon, all of their lies will be exposed and people around the world will get out the organic tar and feathers.
ITEM: Even the Sierra Club calls wind farms "Cuisinarts in the sky as the blades slash birds and bats right out of the sky. They have become a major threat to endangered raptors like Eagles.
But as the numbers of wind mills grow from mandated government programs, a new threat has emerged. It seems the massive spinning blades affixed to towers 200 feet high can appear on Doppler radar, looking like a violent storm or even a tornado.
The situation has been reported in several National Weather Service sites across the country, even leading to a false tornado alert near Dodge City, Kansas.
The problem today is a minor one, but growing. It is estimated that to provide enough energy from wind power to reduce energy shortages in California, it would take wind farms equaling an area the size of Connecticut. That could cause a lot of false tornado warnings. Will Americans become accustomed to the false panics and tragically ignore a real warning someday, causing a wind farm Katrina? Going green causes a lot more problems than in solves â€“ especially since many of the perceived environmental dangers are non-existent.
ITEM: Another green lie exposed. "The amount of carbon emissions caused by world forest destruction is likely far less than the 20 percent figure being widely used before global climate talks in December said the head of the Brazilian Institute that measures Amazon deforestation. Gilberto Camara, the director of Brazil's respected National Institute for Space Research, said the [IPCC's] 20 percent tally was based on poor science but that rich countries had no interest in questioning it because the number put more pressure on developing countries to stem greenhouse gases." ---Stuart Grudgings, Reuters, August 21, 2009
Tom DeWeese is the President of the American Policy Center and the Editor of The DeWeese Report. TThe DeWeese Report is now available online, for more information click here.