Have you bought into the all of the hype about compact fluorescent light bulbs? If you have then you may want to take a look at what the New York Times has to say about them. In an article picked up by the Charlotte Observer on Saturday, some of the shortcomings of the light bulb that will save the world are discussed.
The biggest problem appears to be the high rate at which they DO NOT WORK. So you decide to go green and plunk down your cash to buy a light bulb that, although up to 10 times more expensive, will save you some money on the back end with the power company. What you didn't realize was that these miracle bulbs require special handling and care and if they don't get it, they stop working.
My favorite line in the article is this one:
"Some experts who study the issue blame the government for the quality
problems, saying an intensive federal push to lower the price
essentially backfired by encouraging manufacturers to use cheap
Wait a minute! You mean the government forced you to lower quality in order to lower your price? I am shocked! What do mean? This is the government. They control a lot of things these days.
Maybe the omniscient federal government can get the auto makers it controls to use the CFL bulbs that don't quite live up to the promises they have made. I'm sure what ever the Gubmint' decides to do will work, right?