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Friday, December 30, 2011

Jan. 1, 2012- Light up the New Year!

New regulations by our fabulous government might affect the lighting in your home soon.  Starting 1/1/2012 stores will no longer be able to purchase 100 Watt Incandescent Light Bulbs from USA manufacturers, so when they run out, you will have a hard time finding the plain old light bulb. 

If you like the new energy saving bulbs, there is no problem.  But if like me, you don't like that they contain Mercury and you almost have to call a hazmat crew if one breaks, then you will be sad to see this first phase of light bulb restriction go into affect.

The following year (2013) we will see the exit of the 75 Watt bulbs  and the year after that (2014) the remaining 60 Watt and 40 Watt bulbs will go bye bye.

I'm still scratching my head as to why this is a smart idea by our government.  Isn't this putting hundreds of people out of work who make these light bulbs and the little paper containers they come in?  And isn't it a bit crazy to "PUSH" mercury containing bulbs on us when hospitals went away from using Mercury thermometers because they are dangerous if they break?

Also, has anyone taken notice of Spain's unemployment rate since they went Green?  It hoovers around 20% (and yes I am aware that there is more to their unemployment than going Green, but that is one factor).  In America we are upset that ours has stayed around 9%, can you imagine if we get even close to 20%?  

If you have any additional information on this please leave a comment, I am really confused over this move by our government and would appreciate any additional information.  Thanks and Happy New Year! 

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