Sticking it to the (green) man

Originally posted by me elsewhere on Oct. 24, 2010

When I learned that my local department store had received a huge shipment of incandescent light bulbs, I went out and bought a full shopping cart of them. Why? I am tired of being bullied by the green movement and its government arm.

For years there has been a huge campaign to promote the advantages of CFL light bulbs. Nonetheless, not everyone has climbed onto the CFL bandwagon. In fact some people have even gone so far as to suggest that there are disadvantages to using CFLs (for example, this blog post by Co2 Art). Having grown tired of trying to reason with an unreasonable populace, governments around the world decided to coerce individuals into giving up their incandescent bulbs. In the U.S. our political class reached their exasperation point in 2007 when they passed the Energy Independence and Security Act.

Yes, Congress called it the Energy Independence and Security Act… because more than anything the federal government wants us to avoid being dependent on unfriendly nations for our energy needs. That’s why in the very same act Senator Waxman inserted section 526 banning the federal government from using Canadian petroleum produced from tar sands, because you never know when we might be in a war with Canada0. And since the federal government is all about energy independence, that’s also why the following federal measures make so much sense:

  • Pulling funding from the nuclear waste repository at Yucca Mountain, a facility mandated in 1982 under the Nuclear Waste Policy Act1.
  • Instituting a moratorium on relatively safe, shallow water drilling following the disaster at BP’s deep oil rig2
  • Banning drilling in ANWAR
  • Backing wind farms even though 75% of the wind mills/turbines are manufactured outside of the U.S.3
  • Backing solar energy even though the U.S. struggles to manufacture solar panels competitively, as BP explained when shutting down a Maryland plant to shift production to China.4

I’m having a hard time believing that the federal government is even slightly interested in achieving energy independence. And with the EPA admitting that measures as draconian as the Cap and Trade bill wouldn’t ameliorate global warming,5 I’m having a hard time convincing myself that purchasing CFL bulbs is going to do the trick. So it all seems like another case where our liberty is being constrained so the political class can feel smug.

Meanwhile in China where CFL bulbs are manufactured in sweatshops, people are being poisoned by mercury.6


  1. Are Environmentalists Winning the War against Tar Sands?published here by our very own Deborah Platt
  2. President Barack Obama’s Yucca Mountain decision is a blow to US nuclear power by the Telegraph
  3. Offshore Oil Drilling in Shallow Water: Good Safety Record, Less Risky by the Canada Free Pree
  4. Huge Texas Wind Farm’s Turbines Will Be Made in China
    by PopSci
  5. BP closing Maryland solar manufacturing plant by Washington Post
  6. EPA Admits Cap-and-Trade Won’t Work by the Heritage Foundation
  7. ‘Green’ lightbulbs poison workers by The Times

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