How Many Australian Politicians Does It Take To Change A Light Bulb?

from the no-joke dept

A few weeks back, we noted that a California state politician was thinking about banning incandescent light bulbs in favor of more energy efficient fluorescent bulbs. Of course, we didn't understand why it needed legal backing. Fluorescent bulbs offer plenty of advantages in terms of using a lot less energy and lasting a lot longer. Some people still don't like the light they give off, but they're getting better all the time. Given some education on the issue, it seems only natural that people will increasingly move towards fluorescent bulbs on their own, without bothering with pointless legislation. However, apparently that's not good enough for Australia, where the government has announced similar plans to ban the sale of incandescent bulbs in an effort to reduce greenhouse gas emissions as well as cut household power bills. Of course, as a few people in the article point out, switching to fluorescent bulbs shouldn't really have much of an effect on greenhouse gases, so that's not the best reasoning. And, still, no one is explaining why this needs legislation when it's likely to happen all by itself as people become better educated on how they can save money with fluorescent bulbs.
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    Alucardbsm, 20 Feb 2007 @ 7:39pm

    This is mostly wrong...

    I'm surprised at you Mike. You should know that California has been one of the leading states in not only the support of a cleaner environment, it has been pushing it forward at a rate higher than any other state.

    The change from incandescent bulbs to fluorescent bulbs may not be a large change in single bulb, or a single house, but when and if the state changes lightbulbs completely, there will be a large amount of power being that was being used is no longer. The largest amount of greenhouse pollution does not come from vehicles but instead the power plants used to generate electricity. Reducing the amount of energy we use will reduce greenhouse gas. If you had everyone change light bulbs right now, there would be a noticeable effect, even though your article said otherwise. Over time we may not be able to tell the difference because the amount of cars on the road is still climbing.

    Another point you make is that people will change when they become "better educated". People aren't educated nor will they want to be. They want to go down to the hardware store and get a light bulb that gives off light. Most people don't care or won't care about the difference between the two light bulbs. This won't happen on its own and if you want to reduce the amount of greenhouse emissions then this is a viable route.

    After reading this article it felt like the entire piece was ignorant on real issues, such as your stance that the difference in lightbulbs has no effect on global warming. Maybe you should rethink your stance on this. At least double think it.

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