Monday, April 30, 2007

Environmentalists Embrace Mercury

Hmmm... environmentalists have embraced the compact fluorescent light (CFL) bulb, which cannot now and will not in the foreseeable future be made without mercury. In the state of Maine, mercury levels from a broken CFL bulb caused in excess of six times the state's "safe" level for mercury contamination. ONE BULB!

It's 10PM do you know where your children are? Safely at home with a Mercury death bomb above their wee little heads?!

Usually, environmentalists want hazardous materials out of, not in, our homes. These are the same people who go berserk at the thought of mercury being emitted from power plants and the presence of mercury in seafood. Environmentalists have whipped up so much fear of mercury among the public that many local governments have even launched mercury thermometer exchange programs.

Thanks to for sending me this story (for the full story: As for me a my house I'm be getting rid of these things ASAP!



abfh said...

Another problem with fluorescent lightbulbs is that some people can see the flicker and hear the buzzing that they make. This is a fairly common problem in the autistic community. Some people even get migraines or seizures if they spend too much time under fluorescent bulbs.

Sam I Am said...

I had the honor of meeting and hearing Temple Grandin last night. She has researched the flourescent scene as well, as she too has issues with. She did say last night that the standard (old ones, still most widely used) flicker rate of 60 (somethings) and the new ones at 300 and won't be visible to the naked eye. I am going to check into it more myself.

abfh said...

Andrea wrote a good post in January explaining flicker fusion frequency.