Wednesday, February 21, 2007

Incandescent no more

Given the recent scientific update on global warming, this tidbit caught my eye. Someone remarked once that so many empty American buildings are fully lit and fully heated/air-conditioned. There is a great deal of waste.

Following the inch of cloth on the hems of China analogy, Australia weighs in with an end to Edison's lightbulb:

SYDNEY, Australia — The Australian government on Tuesday announced plans to phase out incandescent light bulbs and replace them with more energy-efficient compact fluorescent bulbs across the country. Legislation to gradually restrict the sale of the old-style bulbs could reduce Australia's greenhouse gas emissions by 4 million tons by 2012 and cut household power bills by up to 66 percent, said Environment Minister Malcolm Turnbull.
Could this happen in America? Why or why not?

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