Hey Buddy, Can You Spare Fifty Bucks For A Light Bulb?

Posted Monday, October 11, 2010, at 12:21 AM
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  • I believe that banking institutions are more dangerous to our liberties than standing armies.If American People allow private banks to control the issue of their currency,first by inflation,then by deflation the banks AND corporations that will grow up around the banks will deprive the people of property until their children wake-up homeless on the continent their fathers conquered. ~ Thomas Jefferson ~ 1802

    -- Posted by orville on Mon, Oct 11, 2010, at 6:14 AM
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    You want to know what's truly strange? Despite Sam's attempts to put this totally at the feet of liberals this law was signed into law in 2007 by then president George W. Bush. Just thought I would point out that one very bad point left out.

    -- Posted by MichaelHendricks on Mon, Oct 11, 2010, at 11:50 AM
  • Wow sam, someone wants to make money off of the goods they provide and this his how you act.

    -- Posted by president obama on Mon, Oct 11, 2010, at 12:44 PM
  • Here is a reason liberal centralization must be stopped in it's tracks.


    -- Posted by Chunky Peanut Butter on Mon, Oct 11, 2010, at 5:05 PM
  • Where do people like Sammy Boy come from? Are you born this way may I ask or did someone mold you into the moron you are today?

    -- Posted by CLUELESS SW NE on Tue, Oct 12, 2010, at 11:13 AM
  • If government mandates that everyone has to buy these lightbulbs then of course, the corporations are going to make them and sell them. They stand to make record profits because of this. Of course, if a conservative ever did anything that allowed corporations to make record profits at the cost of the average consumer it would be deplorable.

    -- Posted by McCook1 on Tue, Oct 12, 2010, at 4:43 PM
  • Looks like you missed a lot Guillermo. "If", not "when".

    -- Posted by Chunky Peanut Butter on Tue, Oct 12, 2010, at 8:05 PM
  • Please let me know when you go to wal mart and spend 50 bucks for a light bulb. I will be awaiting our post.

    -- Posted by president obama on Tue, Oct 12, 2010, at 8:10 PM
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    GI said... "Stupid fear mongering regarding government mandating the light bulbs you purchase is banal and immature."

    I'm not so sure there GI... Signed by GW Bush after being passed by democratic congress 2007... http://www.wnd.com/?pageId=45156

    Maybe I missed the news that the above has been repealed??

    -- Posted by Brian Hoag on Tue, Oct 12, 2010, at 9:58 PM
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    Maybe I just missed your point??

    -- Posted by Brian Hoag on Tue, Oct 12, 2010, at 9:59 PM
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    No... just that the government mandated the energy efficiency of the bulbs we use, thus consumers have to buy something else they may not want because of the regs.

    I didn't say that I disagree with the legislation, just questioning GI's statement.

    -- Posted by Brian Hoag on Tue, Oct 12, 2010, at 10:15 PM
  • rrw,

    "If government mandates..." Posted by McCook1 on Tue, Oct 12, 2010, at 4:43 PM

    "when did the government mandate..." Posted by Guillermo Inglaterra on Tue, Oct 12, 2010, at 5:41 PM

    Sorry, I expected more from you. Pay attention!

    -- Posted by Chunky Peanut Butter on Tue, Oct 12, 2010, at 10:19 PM
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    I'm touched that even when I don't post anything you feel you still need to refer to me...sorry I'm getting all misty here

    -- Posted by SWNebr Transplant on Wed, Oct 13, 2010, at 9:10 AM
  • Seems some would like to rewrite my post. Sorry, but if you want to start rewriting what I actually said then your argument against it is pointless and you're only arguing with your own revisions. I've seen the different type of bulbs and incandescent are still less expensive than any alternative.

    I also recall the story of a lady who broke one of these energy efficient bulbs and called the EPA because there is mercury inside that particular bulb and she ended up with a bill for several thousand dollars to clean up after this one broken light bulb because of the mercury inside of it. I guess this is what we call... progress?

    -- Posted by McCook1 on Wed, Oct 13, 2010, at 12:17 PM
  • RRW,

    The story was very much true. The only thing disputed (even on your own link) is whether she actually needed the cleanup team. Nobody is going to spend $2,000 on an environmental cleanup crew unless they were told to, by someone of authority like the state's EPA office as is reported in the article. Maybe she got bad advice from someone at the state but she didn't decide to do this on a whim.

    I did find a site with the steps for cleaning up a broken CFL and they are as follows:

    1. Never use a vacuum to clean up the breakage because it may spread mercury dust in the air.

    2. Keep people and pets away from the scene of the break.

    3. Ventilate the area.

    4. If possible, reduce the temperature of the room.

    5. Wear protective equipment such as rubber gloves, safety glasses, a duck mask and old clothing.

    6. Remove large pieces and place is secure, closed or airtight plastic bag.

    7. Collect smaller pieces and dust using a disposable dustpan and broom.

    8. Put all material into an airtight plastic bag. Pat the breakage area with the sticky side of something like duct tape. Wipe the area with a damp cloth or paper towels to pick up the rest.

    9. Put the debris and any materials used to clean it up into a secure closed container and label it "Universal Waste -Broken Lamp."

    10. Take the container for recycling of universal waste.

    Here are the steps to clean up an incandescant light bulb:

    1. Sweep it up. (Broom and dustpan can still be reused for other purposes after the cleanup).

    2. Dump it in the trash.

    Doesn't carry the very real risk of millions of lightbulbs making their way into the landfills and causing an even greater problem of mercury contamination in local landfills. Let's face it, not everyone is going to follow the proper steps. They're just going to dispose of CFLs like a regular light bulb because they're not worth the trouble.

    -- Posted by McCook1 on Wed, Oct 13, 2010, at 5:39 PM
  • See Sam, history has proven you correct, and they died.

    -- Posted by Chunky Peanut Butter on Thu, Oct 14, 2010, at 10:12 PM
  • McCook1, good post about the clean up procedures, but just one thing made me chuckle, when cleaning up the CFL, do you have to really wear a duck mask? Now every time I put on a dusk mask to do something I will have a little chuckle about the duck mask.

    -- Posted by goarmy67 on Mon, Oct 18, 2010, at 12:26 AM
  • Wondering,

    I should've linked the site where I got those steps for cleaning up a CFL bulb but I copied the steps word for word so that I wouldn't get any of them wrong plus it's just easier that way. The incandescant clean up was mine and not a part of the site. They say you can breath in mercury particles and that's also why you can't vacuum it up because it will stir up the mercury particles and spread them all over the place for others to breathe into their systems.

    -- Posted by McCook1 on Mon, Oct 18, 2010, at 12:03 PM
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