Go green to really hurt the environment

So we have Al “Earth in the Balance” Gore admtting that he backed ethanol subsidies in order to get corn state votes. Those kinds of subsidies led to things like high food prices for everybody, because, as a rule, you eat food and burn fuel.

Now we have those wretched compact fluorescent bulbs that the government, in what is not an overreaching nanny-state move AT ALL, has mandated that we all use. CFLs have that wonderful substance known as mercury in them, leading Popular Mechanics to advise:

What is the proper way to handle a broken CFL?
Open the windows and let the room air out for 15 to 30 minutes, then remove as much material as possible without a vacuum cleaner. Using disposable gloves, scoop the glass onto a piece of cardboard and wipe the area with a wet paper towel. For smaller pieces of glass and powder, use duct tape to pull up the fragments and wash your hands after cleaning up the debris.

Of course, those steps are easily followed, especially if you’ve got kids and pets in the house.

But that’s not all. Flopping Aces takes a more in-depth look at all the “green” processes that go into manufacturing those CFLs.

A Compact Florescent Lamp (CFL) is made from glass, fluorescent gas, phosphors, mercury, conductors, plastic, diodes, transistors, resistors, transformers (inductors), capacitors, and a printed circuit board (twelve components).

All of the materials that go into a CFL require mines, transportation, smelters and/or refineries, transportation, manufacturing, transportation, assembly, transportation. CFL’s that are made in China require a lot of transportation to be sold in the USA. All of these require energy.

Anytime you add a stage, or a process, to the manufacturing of your product you raise the cost of that product. At every stage someone makes money and the end consumer pays for it.

Lots more good reading there.


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