What is endangered: Climate or Freedom?
Posted 9/3/09 , edited 9/3/09
In 2007, at a Brussels summit the first notions about completely banning the manufacture, and import of traditional incandescent light bulbs, and replacing them with CFLs(compact fluorescent lamp) has come up as a part of an ambitious energy policy to fight the greenhouse effect, i.e. Global warming. The general idea is to significantly reduce energy consumption and with this reducing also the energy production which sadly till today still is a burden on the environment in terms of pollution, and CO2 emissions, etc.
EU energy ministers, and the secretary of state for energy and climate change Ed Miliband decided for over 500 million citizens that this ban will be implemented. They've decided on our behalf(EU citizens), and not once asked for our opinions, and have completely failed to address the nifty little things about CFLs which surely every consumer would like to know -- some of CFL's most critical compounds is mercury, and the health hazards and disposal issues this poses.

Having rushed this change with barely any informational advertisements, or mentions in the public the ban has come into realisation on the 1st of September, 2009. Now, the high energy filament bulbs are being slowly phased out in order to improve energy efficiency and meet climate change targets. But!

There's this, the alternatives to traditional light bulbs are not decent, in fact, they're obtrusive. Here are a few negatives:

• They are 3-10 times more expensive than traditional lightbulbs
• Need quite some time before they warm up to provide us with their maximum light output
• The light is too dim
• These bulbs flicker at a frequency that the brain picks up and the eye can't which in turn can trigger migraines, dizziness, loss of focus and discomfort among people with epilepsy, or even seizures.
• Do not respond well in dimming applications
• Emit ultraviolet and blue light which may worsen the state of people with skin conditions or even cause sunburns
• After the first usage they lose up to 30% of light efficiency, i.e. significant reductions when it comes to light output
• Require more energy in manufacturing than the incandescent lightbulbs
• Do not respond well when turned on and off for short periods of time, i.e. their lifespan can be significantly shorter than promised
• Contain up to 5 mg mercury per bulb in vapour format
• Require proper disposal; Hazardous waste
• Contribute to air and water pollution
• Look aesthetically like sh*t in old-fashioned, or historic homes
• Even the Health Protection Agency has warned consumers that they should not stay close to open energy saving bulbs for more than an hour --- this says a lot, no?

An other amusing(maybe not so much) thing is...what to do once a CFL breaks, or better said explodes, and the mercury vapours evade?



Well, obviously this procedure isn’t just really complicated, and annoying but also indicates the severness of such cases.


Mercury is a global contaminant because it is toxic, does not break down in the environment and can build up in living things. In its vapour form, mercury can be carried long distances on wind currents, staying in the atmosphere for long periods of time.
Because mercury is toxic and has an impact on human and environmental health, even small mercury spills should be considered hazardous and cleaned up with caution. Liquid elemental mercury, commonly found in household thermometers, thermostats and barometers, quickly forms a poisonous, colourless and odourless vapour when spilled. If inhaled, this vapour is rapidly absorbed through the lungs. Children are especially at risk because mercury vapours, which are heavier than air, often linger near the floor where children crawl and play. Your local public health office can give you information on how to clean up small mercury spills.
The health effects of mercury exposure depend on its chemical form (elemental, inorganic or organic), the route of exposure (inhalation, ingestion or skin contact), and the level of exposure. Vapour from liquid elemental mercury and methyl mercury are more easily absorbed than inorganic mercury salts and can, therefore, cause more harm. You should try to reduce your exposure to all forms of mercury whenever possible.
At higher concentrations, mercury vapour can cause damage to the mouth, respiratory tract and lungs, and can lead to death from respiratory failure. Long-term exposure to low concentrations causes symptoms similar to those of methyl mercury.



So, the initial plan was to lower the energy consumption and production, and with this decrease the CO2 emissions, and slow down the "Global Warming" process, but instead of that it's become a health and environmental hazard. Now our little bit of freedom and health we've left is being taken away under the propaganda line "Safe the planet".

On this occasion I'd like to quote Václav Klaus:

"Nevertheless, there is another threat on the horizon. I see this threat in environmentalism which is becoming a new dominant ideology, if not a religion. Its main weapon is raising the alarm and predicting the human life endangering climate change based on man-made global warming."

"Global warming has recently become both a symbol and a prototype of the tension between the truth and propaganda. One politically correct truth has taken over and it is not easy to oppose it although a significant number of people, including top scientists, see the climate change issues, its reasons, and its impact very differently. They are scared by the arrogance of the advocates of the global warming hypothesis and the related conjecture that connects this warming with particular acts of Man. They are afraid of the consequences that it will have for all of us. The best environment for humans is the environment of freedom. It is the only right criterion to judge all environmentalist visions and all their categoric demands. The current debate about global warming is thus inherently a debate about the freedom."


An excerpt from Amerzone's product review: "Klaus argues that the environmental movement has transformed itself into an ideology that seeks to restrict human activities at any cost, while pursuing an impossible utopian dream of a perfectly "natural" world. The supposed threat of human civilization against a fragile Earth has become an article of faith, especially in the realm of global warming activism. --- "The largest threat to freedom, democracy, the market economy, and prosperity at the end of the 20th and at the beginning of the 21st century is no longer socialism," writes Klaus. "It is, instead, the ambitious, arrogant, unscrupulous ideology of environmentalism."


As much as I don't like him, he does have some points which I must admit are quite realistic. He makes interesting points in his book: "Blue Planet in Green Shackles -- What is endangered: Climate or Freedom?". Contrarily to him I actually do believe that humanity does have a huge impact on the climate and environment, but I can also honestly see where this "Safe the planet" is leading to. I brought up the "incandescent lightbulb ban" because it just shows how the EU is completely disregarding the opinions of its citizens, and makes crucial decisions on their behalf just to manage their agenda about meeting up with the CO2 emission targets proposed by the Commission -- with this taking away our freedom to use whatever f*cking bulb we want to; limiting our freedom even more.

Your thoughts are welcome!

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Sources:
Traditional lightbulbs banned by EU
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/europe/3174452/Traditional-lightbulbs-banned-by-EU.html

Traditional light bulbs now banned by EU

http://news.icm.ac.uk/business/traditional-light-bulbs-now-banned-by-eu/3347/

Spills, Disposal and Site Cleanup

http://www.epa.gov/mercury/spills/index.htm#fluorescent

Mercury and Human Health
http://www.hc-sc.gc.ca/hl-vs/iyh-vsv/environ/merc-eng.php

Energy-saving bulbs 'can cause migraines' warn experts
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-505571/Energy-saving-bulbs-cause-migraines-warn-experts.html


Blue Planet in Green Shackles
http://www.amazon.com/Planet-Green-Shackles-Vaclav-Klaus/dp/B001A3W3BK
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wow..
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so there shitty light bulbs right?
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Wow.. bunch of idiots who are running EU. I thought when a decision is made, they're suppose to take people's health and safety into consideration first?
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Isn't it counter productive that they take up more energy to make?

Ugh. First they take away our artificial colours and flavourings and now this.
Everything tastes like shit now and it can't be aesthetically pleasing either; we can't see it on account of shitty lightbulbs.
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Worst part for us Norwegians, is that even though we're not even part of the EU, we still have to follow that ban because of our membership in EEA.


Shows that the leadership in the EU isn't that great, once again. They come up with so much bullshit rules, that half of them we'd be better off without.


At one point, they even banned bananas that didn't have the "right" form.

So much idiocy floating around there.
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No artificial flavouring and weird formed bananas? O_o This is the first time I'm hearing about such a thing. What is wrong with the EU? What else did they ban? ._.
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^our little bit of freedom

hikobuf wrote:

so there shitty light bulbs right?


Exactly, but that's not the main issue. The main issue is that by 2012 we're not allowed to import, or manufacture the traditional light bulbs any more, and therefore we're forced to use these sh*tty light bulbs as our only alternative.
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hikobuf wrote:

so there shitty light bulbs right?


Exactly, but that's not the main issue. The main issue is that by 2012 we're not allowed to import, or manufacture the traditional light bulbs any more, and therefore we're forced to use these sh*tty light bulbs as our only alternative.


lol, by 2012 were all going to die :]
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http://timworstall.com/2009/06/23/stupid-stupid-eu/

http://www.reuters.com/article/lifestyleMolt/idUSTRE55T2OB20090630

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/magazine/7724347.stm


Main issue with the EU, is that they want rules for EVERYTHING. If it's not in the rules, it's bad and illegal.


Probably going to be rules about breathing and eating soon.... -_-
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Well.
We get fucked over so a polar bear has some ice to roll around in.
Fair trade.
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CFLs aren't so bad. I have them all over my house, and really they brighten up a room better than regular light bulbs, so you need less of them. I guess you can't please everybody, but some steps have to be taken with the state the planet is in.
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Their going to put health over planet ._. . GG everyone
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PROTECT THE ENVIROMENT OR I'LL FUCKIN KILL YOU (ted turner)
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Yup..protect our world people..
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