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Tuesday, March 27, 2007

Reason Carries the Incandescent Torch

Katherine Mangu-Ward writes eloquently about the grim implications of a fluorescent future in Reason. She does a great job of both pointing out the aesthetic implications of living in a fluorescent world and also the fact that Castro and Hugo Chavez have pioneered this regulatory movement. Her article achieves poetry with this descriptive sentence:
In Venezuela, the light spilling out of the slums in Caracas has taken on the bluish tint typical of florescent lighting, as Chavez's strange environmental crusade marches on.
That could be a haiku from Socialist hell. But the blue glint will illuminate us too, if we don't stop it.
Now the U.S. House of Representatives has its own legislation to force out incandescent bulbs: "The last thing we want to do is force legislation down people's throats," Rep. Don Manzullo (R-Ill.) said at a press conference. But the goal of reducing energy use requires legislation as a "focal point that you look at to try to move the country forward."
As a migraine sufferer, my #1 trigger is fluorescent lights, so living in a fluorescent world for me would mean living in my bed with a pillow over my head and being unable to function or pay taxes. Perhaps I could make an ADA claim and get out of the regulation. I would rather just pay more in electricity and be able to choose my bulbs.

To see how TtP is ahead of the issues, see my March 14th light bulb post here.

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