Compact fluorescent light bulbs are portrayed as the savior of our planet by environmentalists. But the European Union’s ban on using incandescent light bulbs will cut Britain’s yearly emissions of carbon dioxide by about 0.64%, according to New Scientist. Since compact fluorescent light bulbs contain mercury, the ban will also increase mercury pollution and expose Britons to the health risks of exposure to mercury, which is one of the most toxic substances on earth.
If you’re caught smuggling an incandescent light bulb into the European Union, you can be hit with a fine of £5000. If compact fluorescent light bulbs were really so wonderful, you wouldn’t need a government ban on their alternatives. You wouldn’t need fines to compel people to use them.
Legislation passed by Congress in 2007 is pushing the United States down the same stupid road Europe is now traveling. Government is telling us what kind of light bulbs we must use, exposing our families to serious health risks and exposing our environment to significant damage, and it’s all based on dubious claims from eco-nuts.