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The impression of doing good

Dilbert and his boss once again point out the hypocrisy of life.  In this case it is due to trying to be environmentally good.

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It is hard to be good.  Sorry, Mr. Gore, but it is true.  Here are a few inconvenient facts:

  1. It is very dangerous to the health of you and your children to live in a home or enter a room where a CFL (compact fluorescent) bulb has broken.  That danger is minimized if you have had the room cleaned by a hazardous waste team.  What is the problem?  Mercury.  Check out this article.
  2. While Toyota and others are offering a bounty for the return of their hybrid batteries, the disposal of all those ecologically unsafe batteries is a real concern.
  3. Even the ultra-rich Pickens is having a hard time “doing good” by building wind mills to power the world!

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One Response to “The impression of doing good”

  1. “It is very dangerous to the health of you and your children to live in a home or enter a room where a CFL (compact fluorescent) bulb has broken. That danger is minimized if you have had the room cleaned by a hazardous waste team. What is the problem? Mercury. ”

    They are not as exactly as dangerous as they are cracked up to be, and you certainly don’t need a hazardous waste team to clean it up.

    All you need is the proper procedure.

    Here is the Snopes article on this, which includes the EPA’s recommended cleanup procedure:

    http://www.snopes.com/medical/toxins/cfl.asp

    Certainly a pain in the arse to clean up, but as far as turning one’s home into a toxic waste site, not quite.

    I will admit, however, that I absolutely despise florescent lights. Hate them, I do. I despise them for many reasons, the main one being the quality of the light. Florescent lights are harsh, unnatural, and to top it all off they give me headaches. Incandescent lights are softer, warmer, more natural like candle or lamp light.

    If the U.S. government should dare to ban incandescent lights, I’ll buy them by the cases and fill up every cupboard, shed, and spare closet with them!

    In fact, I would switch to candles and oil lamps like the old days before I would use florescent. Which means fossil fuels to supply the paraffin, and whaling to supply the oil.

    Tree huggers won’t like that.