Poisoned Bulbs

Forbes, Steve
January 2008
Forbes Asia;1/28/2008, Vol. 4 Issue 2, p9
The author criticizes the U.S. Congress for introducing a bill that will ban the traditional incandescent lightbulbs by 2014. The bill will force consumers to buy the supposedly more efficient compact fluorescent lightbulbs (CFLs) last longer and consume less electricity. But there is a more immediate problem: Each CFL bulb contains about 5 milligrams of mercury, a highly toxic and indestructible substance. He says that free market is the proper arbiter on whether CFLs and incandescent light bults should continue production.


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