Whether you are for the new light bulb regulations or against them this article has some good information about some of the new light bulbs you should be seeing soon and the projected savings in electricity from the regulations.
I have to say that while I am in general a fan of energy conservation, I have been very skeptical of the new regulations because I find CFLs to be completely unacceptable both in quality of light and cost for lifetime. It may be that some CFLs last for years, but the many ones I have tried in Australia have not lasted significantly longer than a regular lightbulb which is not a good financial deal in my opinion. I am looking forward to LED lights and would be interested in seeing some of the other efficient technologies. I have an LED reading lamp that I am very satisfied with so I have great hope that they can be developed to fill the hole left by incandescents.
This is a disgrace and shows that lobbyists and special interests are who Congress is watching out for instead of the American people. Obesity is an epic problem in America with childhood obesity on the rise. It is well known that high carb, high fat meals like pizza and french fries are not healthy and are contributing to this problem, but yet Congress assures that these will continue to be staple items on school lunches. How is that in anyone’s best interest other than the producers of these food items. Sure kids love to eat foods that are bad for them, but it is adult guidance that should lead them to healthier food choices. Having healthy food readily available is the logical first step.
This is frighteningly prophetic and not from a Congressman I like, but I wish Congress had listened to him in 1999 when he pretty much laid out the financial crisis step by step. People can say that they didn’t see it coming, but some people did and tried to warn others.
I wouldn’t really expect this from a Tennessee representative, but I agree 100%. I don’t advocate that people should smoke marijuana, but I don’t think it is significantly more harmful that the current legal drugs of cigarettes and alcohol. The millions spent on the war on drugs have not been effective and reducing the supply or the demand and has created a HUGE black market that is not taxes and is the source of a lot of violent crime. The US incarceration rate is well above any other western country, and the concept of locking people up for possession of marijuana seems insane to me. It is time to admit what is being done is not working and come up with a different strategy. Decriminalizing marijuana would be a good start.
Oh look! A great article that discusses all the stupid Supreme Court cases that made me angry this last session all in one place. I hope that some of these wrongs can be addressed by new federal legislation as the end of the article suggests needs to occur. I even learned about one case I hadn’t known and disagree with as well.
This is freaking insane. If the US government wants to save some money, it should quit doing FBI background checks on more and more of the population that have no reason for suspicion. I get the feeling than in a not too distant future parts of the US government want to background check everyone.
<grumble> The article claims that because the bill could not pass the Senate today this is a largely symbolic legislation, but I fear that just because it can’t pass today’s Senate they won’t try again after the next election. No matter what your feeling on climate change reducing C02 emissions is better for the planet which is better for us. We do need time to develop other alternatives, but industry also needs encouragement to do that development.
A friend of mine said it best when she said she didn’t feel like anyone should be against abortion unless they are willing to take foster children into their homes on a permanent basis. Who is going to care for all the unwanted children that these laws will create?