Big Government took away the good old incandescent light bulbs and replaced them with the much more expensive but “environmentally friendly” compact fluorescent light bulbs as a means of helping to “save the planet”. This was done despite the knowledge that the high mercury content of these newer bulbs posed a potential health risk to users if they were broken. (with government provided directions on how to dispose of them no less) Now a new study indicates that simply sitting next to one of these bulbs could greatly increase your chances of getting cancer. Thank you again to the Big Government Nanny State proving stupid is as stupid does…
(In 2011 Barack Obama indicated the federal government was all-in on banning “old” light bulb technology in favor of CFL’S – the same CFL’s that new studies now indicate pose very serious health risks)
EXCERPT: (via HotAir)
Great news: Federally-permitted lightbulbs a cancer risk
Legislate in haste … repent at leisure. In their haste to rid Americans of the unconscionable plague of perfectly safe if somewhat inefficient incandescent lighting, politicians in Washington have forced us to adopt more expensive technology in its place. Compact flourescent lighting (CFLs) are already known to be a considerable disposal risk, thanks to the mercury used in them. A new study reported earlier this week by Miami’s CBS affiliate warns of an operational risk as well — ultraviolet radiation that can cause skin cancers and even acute burns.
…Compact fluorescent light bulbs emit high levels of ultra violet radiation, according to a new study. Research at Long Island’s Stony Brook found that the bulbs emit rays so strong that they can actually burn skin and skin cells.
“The results were that you could actually initiate cell death,” said Marcia Simon, a Professor of Dermatology.
Exposure to the bulbs could lead to premature aging and skin cancer, according to doctors.
“It can also cause skin cancer in the deadliest form, and that’s melanoma,” said Dr. Rebecca Tung. LINK
And once again, the Mainstream Media remains all but SILENT on the health concerns related to this government ban on SAFE light bulbs in favor of more expensive and much more dangerous Obama-approved light bulbs.
OH – and don’t forget who was among the most ardent supporters of the Obama 2008 campaign and the now continuing Obama administration – GENERAL ELECTRIC, who reported over $5 BILLION in U.S. profits alone in 2010 – profits that will now increase even more dramatically as the Obama government moves to fully enforce the incandescent ban in 2013.
(Barack Obama is all smiles when in the company of GE CEO Jeffrey Immelt, while Immelt is busy counting the billions his company is making off of the Obama approved incandensent light bulb ban that requires Americans to purchase the newer and more expensive bulbs GE manufactures. (In China no less – GE shut down older incandensent plants in the United States while opening up new CFL production facilities in China. And yet no word of complaint from either Barack Obama or the Mainstream Media)