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Tuesday, February 20, 2007

Banning the light bulb

Australia pulls the plug on old bulbs reports the BBC, referring to the proposed plan to completely phase out the incandescent light bulb by 2010 and replace them with fluorescent bulbs. A similar proposal is being considered by California. I understand the energy savings and reduced greenhouse gas emissions resulting from this switch but don't fluorescent bulbs contain mercury? Is there a plan to accommodate tons of fluorescent bulbs in recycling centers? It'd be a tragedy to have millions of these bulbs in our landfills with the potential of seeping into the ground water. I'm curious if Australian citizens are asking this question.

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