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    Watch For It – The Mexican Incandescent Light Bulb Cartel

    Watch For It – The Mexican Incandescent Light Bulb Cartel

    Via The Washington Post, a story about how 200 U.S. factory workers lost their jobs as part of the banning of incandesent light bulbs:

    The last major GE factory making ordinary incandescent light bulbs in the United States is closing this month… The remaining 200 workers at the plant here will lose their jobs….

    Don’t blame Obama, the law at issue was passed in 2007:

    What made the plant here vulnerable is, in part, a 2007 energy conservation measure passed by Congress that set standards essentially banning ordinary incandescents by 2014. The law will force millions of American households to switch to more efficient bulbs.

    The resulting savings in energy and greenhouse-gas emissions are expected to be immense. But the move also had unintended consequences.

    Rather than setting off a boom in the U.S. manufacture of replacement lights, the leading replacement lights are compact fluorescents, or CFLs, which are made almost entirely overseas, mostly in China.

    Unintended consequences, again.

    How long before Mexican incandescent light bulb cartels emerge, and the new threat to Arizona comes not from drug mules but light bulb smugglers?

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    Yes we will have to find alternatives to oil and coal, but when the time comes, ie it costs a fortune for oil and coal, enterprising individuals will come up with somenew. Its called a profit motive. Look it up.

    "a) Light bulbs rarely shatter
    b) CFLs specifically are much more difficult to shatter than incandescent bulbs"

    I stipulate that they all shatter once they enter the trash stream. And how many do you suppose hold up through earthquakes, hurricanes, tornados, tsunamis, house fires and the like? And unlike some poisons that degrade over time, mercury stays poisonous forever. It's elemental. Even many radioactive wastes become less deadly with time.

    "We've got to do something about oil and coal dependency. There are trade offs, but they are worth it. "

    Yes, James. It's spelled N-U-C-L-E-A-R.

    Anything less, and we'll need to shed a couple of hundred million from the population. I don't see any line of volunteers . (Well, except for one guy outside of the Discovery Channel Bldg.)

    Abundant energy has been what allows the US to outproduce the rest of the world, agriculturally and industrially. We can't compete and we can't feed ourselves based on muscle-power; Americans would make lousy serfs and draft animals.

    The high cost of nuclear is at least partially due to the endless roadblocks and deliberate delaying tactics created by the anti-nuclear opponents. But that's their strategy. Make startup so far into the future that the rate of return on the capital investment is too low to justify the plant. The time value of money is not a lesson lost on protesters.

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