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And Obama Said: "Let There Be Light!"

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Posted on July 1 2009 8:15 am
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In typical Orwellian fashion, President Barack Obama, in his assumed role as Big Brother, has announced that beginning in 2012, all homes and businesses will be required to replace their incandescent light bulbs with fluorescent ones (known as CFL’s). This will result, according to the White House, in huge savings of anywhere between 15 and 25 percent in electricity usage, and will save cash-strapped Americans between $1 billion and $4 billion a year.

The CFL’s are touted as being a critical part of the solution to the “problem” of “global warming.” The little coiled bulbs are purported to use 50% less energy than the incandescent bulbs they will replace. Said Obama:  “Now I know light bulbs may not seem sexy, but this simple action holds enormous promise because 7 percent of all the energy consumed in America is used to light our homes and our businesses.”

What the President didn’t say, however, speaks volumes.

He never mentioned that the bulbs are in fact dangerous. That they contain mercury and pose a huge disposal problem. The Department of Environmental Protection, in fact, issues this warning about what to do should you have the misfortune to break a bulb:

“Don’t vacuum bulb debris because a standard vacuum will spread mercury-containing dust throughout the area and contaminate the vacuum. Ventilate the area and reduce the temperature. Wear protective equipment like goggles, coveralls and a dust mask. Collect the waste material into an airtight container. Pat the area with the sticky side of tape. Wipe with a damp cloth. Finally, check with local authorities to see where hazardous waste may be properly disposed.”

Neither did the President mention that most of the CFLs are made in China, the world’s largest polluter, under that country’s shoddy and corrupt system of quality-control, using mercury that was mined in China, the world’s largest mercury producer. Presumably none of this was important enough to tell us.

Nor did Obama delve into what the consequences of  not complying with this new light-bulb policy will be.  A heavy fine, perhaps? Prison?

Maybe the President will emulate the tactics of Cuban dictator Fidel Castro, who ordered “youth brigades” into every home to literally bully reluctant homeowners into replacing their incandescents for CFL’s?

Lest you think that could never happen in the U.S., consider this: The cap-and-trade plan that Obama and the Democrats are currently pushing includes a provision that would dispatch an army of inspectors to every home in America, compelling every homeowner to “retrofit” his or her dwelling to the new standards of energy-efficiency. As CNS News explains:

“The program would involve a system of certified auditors, inspectors, and raters who inspect homes and businesses using devices such as infrared cameras (which measure how much heat a building is giving off) to measure their energy efficiency.”

Power-crazed tyrants, you see, do not always come in the form of defiant, revolution-preaching, arm-waving, finger-pointing, long-bearded maniacs like Castro. Indeed, some of the most dangerous tyrants on earth are cold and calculating men who speak in measured tones, are clean-shaven, and knot their ties perfectly.

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