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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    technofear (profile), 20 Feb 2007 @ 10:38pm

    Nothing to do with saving Energy

    This has NOTHING to do with saving energy.

    It is simply politial posturing by Malcom Turnbull.

    Soon John Howard will resign or have to leave if he loses the next election (in 9 months).

    Abott, Costello and Turnbull will fight it out to become the new leader of the Liberal party. (no joke with the names BTW....)

    Turnbull is new and needs to catch up, hence the photo ops with kids showing how his policy will make the world greener for them.

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