[Editor's Note: Thank God for the intelligence and insights of Chris Gupta, Canadian health reporter and all around good guy. I wish I had the time to post all of his newsletter material, because he's on target 99.9% of the time. Once again, he hits the nail on the head in alerting us to the deceit of Illuminati front man Al Gore in pushing for the elimination of incandescent bulbs in favor of TRANSFORMER-DRIVEN fluorescent lighting that is currently being promoted because it's now shaped into a spiral tube that is roughly equivalent to the space occupied by an incandescent light bulb. The ONLY problem with this wonderful development concerns the very nature of fluorescent lighting. Fluorescent lighting requires a transformer which radiates an electromagnetic FIELD which does a number on your NERVOUS system and DEPLETES your immunity! Perhaps you didn't know that! And you can be sure that Illuminati front man Al Gore will never point that out to you as he waxes poetically about the COST-SAVING benefits of fluorescent lighting versus incandescent lighting. Also, it's easier for their microwave MIND CONTROL technologies-being radiated by the electrical wiring in your home and from your local cell phone towers- to affect you if you're already bathed in a 60Hz AC field due to your wonderful cost-saving fluorescent lights glowing from every light socket in your home.
By the way, do you know why fluorescent lights glow? They glow because a high voltage Alternating Current (AC) at 60 cycles per second is applied to vaporizedmercury in the tube which ionizes, causing the vapor to glow. The glow is evened out along the length of the tube by the addition of a phosphorus coating to the inside wall of the glass tube. Different blends of phosphorous coatings will produce different shades of fluorescent lighting ("cool white" "warm", etc). What happens when you break a fluorescent tube or bulb? You get an extremely fine airborne dust that contains the mercury that produced the mercury vapor. Now you get to breathe it while trying to clean it up! You also get it on the carpet or flooring where the baby crawls, where the cat walks and licks his paws, etc., etc. Isn't fluorescent lighting -like Mr Green Earth himself, Al Gore-"simplywonderful" as I heard Lila Garrett recently gush over the radio about Al's propaganda film, An Inconvenient Truth? ...Ken ]
From Chris Gupta <firstname.lastname@example.org>
May 2, 2007
Subject: Caution About Compact Fluorescent Lighting (CFL)
Date: Wed, May 2, 2007
To: "Recipients" <email@example.com>
Yes further to: Sunlight, Lighting And Your Health (Dangers Of Fluorescent
Lighting). With the exponentially increasing toxins in the environment adding
mercury spill from fluorescent bulbs is simply unacceptable.
Communities In Bloom Goes Environmentally To The Dark Side
The message below will advise you about one problem concerning the use of compact
fluorescent bulbs. You should also be aware that many of these bulbs contribute to
'dirty electricity' by putting dangerous high frequencies on the electrical system.
Please also read the attached documents which relate to dirty electricity.
----- Original Message -----
From: Robert Riedlinger
Subject: Fw: Danger of Compact Flourescent (CFL) bulbs
From Fox News:
Light Bulb Lunacy (Original is here.)
Thursday , April 26, 2007
By Steven Milloy
How much money does it take to screw in a compact fluorescent lightbulb? About $4.28
for the bulb and labor - unless you break the bulb. Then you, like Brandy Bridges of
Ellsworth, Maine, could be looking at a cost of about $2,004.28, which doesn't
include the costs of frayed nerves and risks to health.
Sound crazy? Perhaps no more than the stampede to ban the incandescent light bulb in
favor of compact fluorescent lightbulbs (CFLs) - a move already either adopted or
being considered in California, Canada, the European Union and Australia.
According to an April 12 article in The Ellsworth American, Bridges had the
misfortune of breaking a CFL during installation in her daughter's bedroom: It
dropped and shattered on the carpeted floor.
Aware that CFLs contain potentially hazardous substances, Bridges called her local
Home Depot for advice. The store told her that the CFL contained mercury and that
she should call the Poison Control hotline, which in turn directed her to the Maine
Department of Environmental Protection.
The DEP sent a specialist to Bridges' house to test for mercury contamination. The
specialist found mercury levels in the bedroom in excess of six times the state's"safe" level for mercury contamination of 300 billionths of a gram per cubic meter.
The DEP specialist recommended that Bridges call an environmental cleanup firm,
which reportedly gave her a "low-ball" estimate of $2,000 to clean up the room. The
room then was sealed off with plastic and Bridges began "gathering finances" to pay
for the $2,000 cleaning. Reportedly, her insurance company wouldn't cover the
cleanup costs because mercury is a pollutant.
Given that the replacement of incandescent bulbs with CFLs in the average U.S.
household is touted as saving as much as $180 annually in energy costs - and
assuming that Bridges doesn't break any more CFLs - it will take her more than 11
years to recoup the cleanup costs in the form of energy savings.
Even if you don't go for the full-scale panic of the $2,000 cleanup, the
do-it-yourself approach is still somewhat intense, if not downright alarming.
Consider the procedure offered by the Maine DEP's Web page entitled, "What if I
accidentally break a fluorescent bulb in my home?"
Don't vacuum bulb debris because a standard vacuum will spread mercury-containing
dust throughout the area and contaminate the vacuum. Ventilate the area and reduce
the temperature. Wear protective equipment like goggles, coveralls and a dust mask.
Collect the waste material into an airtight container. Pat the area with the sticky
side of tape. Wipe with a damp cloth. Finally, check with local authorities to see
where hazardous waste may be properly disposed.
The only step the Maine DEP left off was the final one: Hope that you did a good
enough cleanup so that you, your family and pets aren't poisoned by any mercury
inadvertently dispersed or missed.
This, of course, assumes that people are even aware that breaking CFLs entails
special cleanup procedures.
The potentially hazardous CFL is being pushed by companies such as Wal-Mart, which
wants to sell 100 million CFLs at five times the cost of incandescent bulbs during
2007, and, surprisingly, environmentalists.
It's quite odd that environmentalists have embraced the CFL, which cannot now and
will not in the foreseeable future be made without mercury. Given that there are
about 4 billion lightbulb sockets in American households, we're looking at the
possibility of creating billions of hazardous waste sites such as the Bridges'
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.
As the activist group Environmental Defense urges us to buy CFLs, it defines mercury
on a separate part of its Web site as a "highly toxic heavy metal that can cause
brain damage and learning disabilities in fetuses and children" and as "one of the
most poisonous forms of pollution."
Greenpeace also recommends CFLs while simultaneously bemoaning contamination caused
by a mercury thermometer factory in India. But where are mercury-containing CFLs
made? Not in the U.S., under strict environmental regulation. CFLs are made in India
and China, where environmental standards are virtually non-existent.
And let's not forget about the regulatory nightmare known as the Superfund law, the
EPA regulatory program best known for requiring expensive but often needless cleanup
of toxic waste sites, along with endless litigation over such cleanups.
We'll eventually be disposing billions and billions of CFL mercury bombs. Much of
the mercury from discarded and/or broken CFLs is bound to make its way into the
environment and give rise to Superfund liability, which in the past has needlessly
disrupted many lives, cost tens of billions of dollars and sent many businesses into
As each CFL contains 5 milligrams of mercury, at the Maine "safety" standard of 300
nanograms per cubic meter, it would take 16,667 cubic meters of soil to "safely"
contain all the mercury in a single CFL. While CFL vendors and environmentalists
tout the energy cost savings of CFLs, they conveniently omit the personal and
societal costs of CFL disposal. 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.
Should government (egged on by environmentalists and the Wal-Marts of the world)
impose 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?
Steven Milloy publishes JunkScience.com and CSRWatch.com. He is a junk science
expert, and advocate of free enterprise and an adjunct scholar at the Competitive
At 06:39 PM 26/04/2007, Mary-Sue wrote:
The Canadian invention of fluorescent dimmer systems (by Dr. Barna Szabados of
McMaster University ) for office buildings reduces their power consumption by fifty
percent or more. The technology also reduces annoying buzzing from large
commercial-lighting fixtures. The light levels are user adjustable from any computer
in the building's network, and the light be turned down below fifty percent of power
drain on days when sunlight is brighter (which tend to be the hottest days when
demand for A/C is highest). It is obvious that businesses would save big bucks by
installing this home-grown energy-saving technology.
The Harper budget mentions replacing incandescent bulbs in Nunavut, but didn't
specify with what. The screw-in fluorescent bulb being heavily promoted for home use
is not sustainable because it contains mercury, an environmental contaminant and
biological poison necessitating post-consumer handling of used bulbs as toxic waste.
Will Nunavut and other remote areas be able to achieve safe disposal? That is of
course if the bulb stays intact. If it happens to get broken, people and animals in
the home will be exposed at close range to this mercury.
So far, the use of white LEDs requires replacement of fixtures, which not everyone
is able or willing to do. This will require some scientific ingenuity to enable LEDs
to radiate the light in all directions, such as by mounting five to seven of them
angled outward from the base and using a fresnel lens to spread out the light
further. As a transitional technology, a screw-in white LED bulb would save more
energy than the fluorescent, last years longer, and not require special disposal
methods. I'd love to be able to get this and install them once in the ceiling
fixture -- and not have to climb a ladder again for a couple of decades...
It would be better if we had the option of buying White LED screw-in bulbs to
replace both energy-wasting incandescent and mercury-laced lights in the home. So
far I haven't found this available. Has anyone seen such, or got a lead on someone
who might be developing such items?
Thanks for any info.
On 26-Apr-07, at 17:37, André Fauteux wrote:
My worry is more about the high frequencies created by fluorescent lighting.
More and more people are becoming electrosensitive...
Andre Fauteux, Publisher/Editor
La Maison du 21e siecle magazine
2955 Domaine du lac Lucerne
Ste-Adele Qc Canada J8B 3K9
You are forgetting that power plants emit far more mercury than CFL disposal.
The Lighting Industry Federation (LIF) has reported that the extra quantity of
mercury emissions from burning fossil fuels in power stations to power incandescent
lamps is three times the amount contained in equivalent energy efficient lamps. Read
the study here: Light Industry Federation's lamp guide 2001 [634KB]
Significantly, a CFL has the distinct advantage that its mercury can be collected
and recycled, unlike atmospheric pollution. Power stations also produce sulphur and
nitrogen oxides which contribute to 'acid rain', not to mention particulate matter
(which Harvard researchers estimate kills 50,000 to 70,000 Americans each year).
Oh…and there’s CO2 emissions that contribute to catastrophic climate change, as well
as a whole host of harms associated with mining, transporting and processing coal,
oil and natural gas used to power conventional plants.
Until we transition to an electricity generation system not completely dominated by
fossil fuels, CFLs make a lot more sense than incandescent bulbs.
Chris Cooper, Network for New Energy Choices
From: Andrew Michrowski [mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org]
Sent: Thursday, April 26, 2007 4:56 PM
Subject: Caution About Compact Fluorescent Lighting
New environmental policies should be better articulated.
There are much better ways of meeting /exceeding the Kyoto protocol, at almost no
cost, without aggressive regulations!
Andrew Michrowski, PhD
The Planetary Association for Clean Energy, Inc.
DO NOT BUY COMPACT FLOURESCENT LIGHT BULBS
I feel it's very important to warn people these "green" bulbs contain mercury which
will end up in landfills throughout the country if we make the switch to them. In
addition to filling our landfills with mercury, if the bulbs break you will be
exposed to the mercury they contain.
Here is a quote from a report by the National Institute of Health on the effects of
Quote - "Exposures to very small amounts of these compounds can result in
devastating neurological damage and death. For fetuses, infants and children, the
primary health effects of mercury are on neurological development. Even low levels
of mercury exposure such as result from mother's consumption methylmercury in
dietary sources can adversely affect the brain and nervous system. Impacts on memory, attention, language and other skills have been found in children exposed to
moderate levels in the womb."
Source : - Mercury Health Hazards
Some folks will make the claim that using normal bulbs produces more mercury than
these bulbs containing mercury. This claim is based on the assumption that all power
comes from coal, which is not true, as shown in this quote from the EPA:
Quote - "Please note that a major limitation of EPA’s estimate of mercury emissions
savings is that we assume a direct relationship between energy saved from using T8
lamps and a reduction
in coal-fired electricity for all types of utility boilers; that is, the Agency
assumes that, as the demand for
energy decreases, there would be a corresponding decrease in coal-fired electricity
for all utilities and
regions of the country. Yet, lamp manufacturers and utilities have indicated that,
for many parts of the
country, the marginal demand for electricity during business hours would be
satisfied by gas and oil units,
not necessarily coal-fired units. For such regions, a decrease in energy demand
would not necessarily result
in a decrease in coal-fired electricity. This issue has not been resolved in the
Source: MERCURY EMISSIONS FROM THE DISPOSAL OF FLUORESCENT LAMPS
Also note that the EPA's Clean Air Mercury Rule will reduce mercury emissions from
coal power plants by 70% by the year 2018. This is a much better solution than the"green" idea of dumping mercury into landfills all over the country.
Controlling Power Plant Emissions: Overview
If you want to reduce the amount of energy you consume from light bulbs then please
follow these steps:
1) Use natural light to its fullest effect, including scheduling your tasks to take
advantage of natural light.
2) Buy smaller wattage bulbs.
3) Use candles.
4) Buy LED bulbs. They do not contain mercury.
Please do not buy these mercury bulbs. We are just now reaching the point where
we've cleaned up the mercury in landfills. We don't need to turn around and put it
Compact fluorescent bulbs are listed by the government as hazardous items. For those
folks who I cannot convince to not use these bulbs, here are the procedures for
properly disposing of them, taken from the GE website:
• Like paint, batteries, thermostats, and other hazardous household items, CFLs
should be disposed of properly. Do not throw CFLs away in your household garbage if
better disposal options exist. To find out what to do first check www.earth911.org
(where you can find disposal options by using your zip code) or call 1-877-EARTH911
for local disposal options. Another option is to check directly with your local
waste management agency for recycling options and disposal guidelines in your
community. Additional information is available at www.lamprecycle.org. Finally, IKEA
stores take back used CFLs, and other retailers are currently exploring take back
• If your local waste management agency offers no other disposal options except your
household garbage, place the CFL in a plastic bag and seal it before putting it in
the trash. If your waste agency incinerates its garbage, you should search a wider
geographic area for proper disposal options. Never send a CFL or other mercury
containing product to an incinerator.
Source: What do I do with a CFL when it burns out?
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