Wednesday, January 31, 2007

A good idea (lit with fluorescent light!)

The effects of global warming have been this year more notorious than ever. They have been so notorious, that in California (apart from enjoying nice spring days and winter nights) some people are right now seriously thinking of what to do to reduce these effects.
It's good to know that one of those concerned individuals works as a lawmaker in the California State Assembly, and as such, he might have more influence to promote regulations that really help to better cope with this phenomenon than some civilians that aren't able to do much more than street rallies, albeit they are really willing to promote a change.
His name is Lloyd Levine, the Chairman of the Assembly Committee on Utilities and Commerce. His idea? To promote a law that considers illegal to operate incandescent lightbulbs by 2012, all of which must be replaced by then by energy-saving fluorescent lightbulbs.
Levine argues (very accurately, I think) that "Incandescent lightbulbs were first developed almost 125 years ago, and since that time they have undergone no major modifications". The result of this lack of evolution is the consumption of much more energy to produce domestic light. Moreover, the energy-saving lightbulbs, as their name indicates, are designed to produce the same amount of light than conventional bulbs while utilizing less electricity, and also, to last for longer than incandescent ones.
To switch to this type of bulbs would not only allow to consume less energy, but also to reduce the operation rates of "dirty" energy plants that produce greenhouse gases, which are mostly responsible of global warming.
This is an excellent idea, considering that the investment required to carry it on is minimum (the only requirement is to buy a bunch of such bulbs for each household) and the impact may be very positive to the environment.
I welcome this proposal (although I don't live in the jurisdiction of California) and I'd like to hear (and see applied) more ideas like this one all around the world, just to avoid living in a permanent summer in future years. It'd be good to see this proposal enacted soon.


At 8:42 AM , Blogger Freedomnow said...

Sounds like a good idea. I live in California and would support this measure, but I doubt that it can be enforced. At least they can prevent the sale of incandescent lightbulbs so it would still be effective.

I just cant see the authorities conducting surprise inspections of every home and business in California.

Last I checked it was illegal to hire undocumented immigrants but every morning 20 or 30 illegal immigrants line up on the corner near my home to look for work.

You know the rule, its legal until you get caught!!!!!!!

At 11:37 PM , Blogger Eddie said...

You've got a good point there, freedomnow... I don't know whether they'll promote the idea as a law (and if so, whether it'll be respected). However, Mr. Levine deserves some credit for making his personal effort for a better tomorrow for him and us all...


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