I received an email from a woman yesterday citing an article written in the Financial Post from Canada. She was nervous because the article was saying how when people break a CFL in their house, they have to call in the haz-mat team to get rid of it. I was looking into the source of the article and preparing some information on this article when I saw that Treehugger was talking about the real dangers of CFL’s. You can check out their site for the truth. But first, let’s take a look the scary fear mongering news from the Financial Post and who is behind these stories:
“(After breaking one)… it will take her more than 11 years to recoup the cleanup costs in the form of energy savings….Not only are CFLs much more expensive than incandescent bulbs and emit light that many regard as inferior to incandescent bulbs, they pose a nightmare if they break and require special disposal procedures. Yet governments (egged on by environmentalists and the Wal-Marts of the world) are imposing on us such higher costs, denial of lighting choice, disposal hassles and breakage risks in the name of saving a few dollars every year on the electric bill?”
Scary stuff, no? Then I looked into the author of the article, a certain Steven Milloy of JunkScience.com, CSRWatch.com and the Competitive Enterprise Institute. What do these organizations have to do with anything? Well, the Competitive Enterprise Institute is funded by, among others, Amoco Foundation, Inc., Ford Motor Company Fund, Philip Morris Companies, Inc., Pfizer Inc., Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers, Exxon Mobil and Texaco, Inc. Could there be a bigger group of donors AGAINST anything related to improving the environment? They have even launched attacks on Al Gore for his stance on climate change. The man behind the website JunkScience.com started his career with the now defunct TASSC (The Advancement of Sound Science Coalition), which listed its major donors as 3M, Amoco, Chevron, Dow Chemical, Exxon, General Motors, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, Lorillard Tobacco, National Pest Control Association, Occidental Petroleum, Philip Morris and W.R. Grace. In 1993, TASSC started its existence as a front for Philip Morris, attempting to discredit ETS (Environmental Tobacco Smoke) research as a long-term cause of increased cancer and heart problem rates in the community. Hmm..
So, Kellie, to answer your email…Sure, mercury is dangerous, and there is a MINUTE amount of mercury in CFL’s. But do not let articles like this scare you…just by peeking behind the curtain you can see who the Wizard is.