Friday, April 22, 2011

Government Mandates Toxic Fume Emitting Light Bulbs

Compact fluorescent light bulbs emit cancer causing chemicals
...The bulbs are already widely used in the UK following EU direction to phase out traditional incandescent lighting by the end of this year.

But the German scientists claimed that several carcinogenic chemicals and toxins were released when the environmentally-friendly compact fluorescent lamps (CFLs) were switched on, including phenol, naphthalene and styrene.

Andreas Kirchner, of the Federation of German Engineers, said: “Electrical smog develops around these lamps.  “I, therefore, use them only very economically. They should not be used in unventilated areas and definitely not in the proximity of the head.” ...
As an environmental chemist, such claims don't get me too excited.  There is really no mention of the dose in this article, so I'm pretty sure the dose is trivial, and in the words of Paracelesus:
"All substances are poisons; there is none which is not a poison. The right dose differentiates a poison…." Paracelsus (1493-1541)
Nevertheless, I  put this out there with glee.  The same people who have forced the CFL on us have caused unknown havoc with their crusades against a host of chemicals that are useful and life sustaining when used properly.

I'm not against CFLs; I'm pro-freedom

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