To Orwell Today,
re: LIGHTS OUT FOR AMERICA
I am writing to ask if your associations or any you may be aware of are working to REVERSE this INSANE CFL bulb law. I thought for sure Congressman Poe might have been, but I was mistaken. I have begun a group to gain support to this end. This law must be reversed. It is not an option.
2008: Over 4 million bulbs bought in America. Each Bulb contains 5mg of the deadly and extremely dangerous Mercury.
With this small amount of purchases, compared to where that number will grow, I believe you will see the answer is simply outrageous.
This massive amount of Mercury is posed for our landfills and then into our water. The government and the EPA stance that the energy saving is worth the danger is ludicrous. There are many ways to save energy as well as lower emissions rather than this bulb law.
Indulge my little rant here: Last I read this government was of the people, by the people and for the people. The government has grossly overshot their position on this matter. I know it is not the first time, but as for me, I am tired of letting them get away with whatever they want at the people's expense. Most people have thrown their hands in the air and allow the government to do as they please, and to this end we find ourselves in the positions we are today.
I aim to see this law REVERSED. I am looking to connect with anyone who feels the same. Congress passed this ridiculous law in darkness without informing the people. People had no knowledge of it, so therefore could not make an informed decision and or approve it. People are in the dark to the dangers these bulbs pose for us, our children (both born and unborn), our homes, landfills and our planet.
Look in any Chemical Handbook and you will be enlightened about the Dangers of Mercury - there is a reason it is handled with Iron Flasks. This law is sheer lunacy.
I know this was long and I am sorry to take your time, but as you may sense, I am passionate about the reversal of this law. How do you feel about it? If you read this far, I thank you. It is more important than anyone might realize.
Best to you,
I feel exactly the same way you do about Compact Fluorescent Light bulbs (CFLs) and that's why I've been posting as many articles as I have about these LIGHTS OUT FOR AMERICA bulbs.
Yes, it's total lunacy and what's even more insane is how even when you tell people about the PROVEN dangers of these CFLs (and I've told everyone I know that they contain brain-damaging mercury) they shrug their shoulders and say they're going to continue using them anyway because "they're more energy efficient" (even after having just been told they are actually LESS energy efficient than incandescents) and even after being told they are far more expensive financially and even after being told - once again - that they contain MERCURY and have to be disposed of in the same way as toxic waste and even after being told that people who sit under them are breaking out in rashes and getting headaches (and they themselves have heard this too) they STILL plan to use CFLs.
I have never yet met anybody who - after I've explained the situation - has removed the bulbs from their homes - even after being fully informed of the dire consequences to themselves, their children, the nation and the planet.
Talk about an assault to the senses! If it's difficult now getting people to "see the light" can you imagine how difficult it will be to penetrate their brains once they've been drinking the mercury that flows into the water system from the CFLs being dumped in the landfills for any period of time?
You can try - and I recommend that you do - to get the law reversed and I'll help by posting your progress in an attempt to get others to join your cause.
I'm an admirer of Thomas Edison - and his friend Henry Ford - and what's happening in America to their inventions - the incandescent light bulb and the reliable, efficient carbon-combustion automobile - is an attack not only on our senses, economy and mental and physical health but also on our heritage, culture and way of life.
All the best,
PS - I did convince one person to switch back to incandescents from CFLs but when I did follow-up he said he'd only done it in rooms where the fixtures allowed but that in most of his house the fixtures would only take CFL bulbs. I told him to change the fixtures but he said that would be too much work and too expensive so he probably wouldn't be doing it.
To Orwell Today,
From the bottom of my heart, thank you. You are the first person I have spoken with that agrees and is also trying. Thanks for posting my letter and I will keep on for no other reason than it is the right thing to do and a battle worth the fight.
The dark side of LED light bulbs, Scientific American, September 2012
LED (light emitting diode) lighting does seem to be the wave of the future right now...But LEDs do have a dark side. A study published in late 2010 in the journal Environmental Science and Technology found that LEDs contain lead, arsenic and a dozen other potentially dangerous substances....Ogunseitan and other UC-Irvine researchers tested several types of LEDs, including those used as Christmas lights, traffic lights, car headlights and brake lights. What did they find? Some of the worst offenders were low-intensity red LEDs, which were found to contain up to eight times the amount of lead, a known neurotoxin, allowed by California state law and which, according to researchers, "exhibit significant cancer and noncancer potentials due to the high content of arsenic and lead.” Meanwhile, white LEDs contain the least lead, but still harbor large amounts of nickel, another heavy metal that causes allergic reactions in as many as one in five of us upon exposure. And the copper found in some LEDs can pose an environmental threat if it accumulates in rivers and lakes where it can poison aquatic life. Ogunseitan adds that while breaking open a single LED and breathing in its fumes wouldn’t likely cause cancer, our bodies hardly need more toxic substances floating around, as the combined effects could be a disease trigger. If any LEDs break at home, Ogunseitan recommends sweeping them up while wearing gloves and a mask, and disposing of the debris — and even the broom — as hazardous waste. Furthermore, crews dispatched to clean up car crashes or broken traffic lights (LEDs are used extensively for automotive and traffic lighting) should wear protective clothing and handle material as hazardous waste. LEDs are currently not considered toxic by law and can be disposed of in regular landfills....
THOMAS EDISON'S HOME PAGE (...Recognizing that his death marked the end of an era in the progress of civilization, countless individuals, communities, and corporations throughout the world dimmed their lights and, or, briefly turned off their electric power in his honor on the evening of the day he was laid to rest at his beautiful estate at Glenmont, New Jersey. Most realized that, even though he was far from being a flawless human being and may not have really had the avuncular personality that was so often ascribed to him by myth makers, he was an essentially good man with a powerful mission.... Driven by a superhuman desire to fulfill the promise of research and invent things to serve mankind, no one did more to help realize our Puritan founders dream of creating a country that - at its best - would be viewed by the rest of the world as "a shining city upon a hill."...In 1929, Edison's close friend, Henry Ford, completed the task of moving Edison's original Menlo Park laboratory to the Greenfield Village museum in Dearborn, Mich. In 1962 his existing laboratory and home in West Orange, N.J. were designated as National Historic Sites.)
CFL bulbs making people sick (headaches-pain-dizziness-skin rashes...). GlobalTV, Jan 20, 2009. Go to LIGHTS OUT FOR AMERICA
What to Do if a Fluorescent Light Bulb Breaks. USA Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)
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