|A Dark Day In Europe|
|Written by By Phelim McAleer & Ann McElhinney|
|Wednesday, 02 September 2009 11:04|
Ninety-five years ago, with all of Europe at the brink of World War I, British Foreign Secretary Edward Grey watched from his office as men lit gas lamps on the street below. He turned to a friend and coined the metaphor that earned him a footnote in history: "The lamps are going out all over Europe; we shall not see them lit again in our lifetime."
Grey was wrong. Progress and freedom did return to Europe. Forces of darkness kept re-emerging, but freedom-loving individuals fighting for liberty eventually dispatched Nazism and communism. But there is now a new enemy -- soft despotism -- that takes our freedoms in the name of the greater good.
As of yesterday, incandescent light bulbs are going out all across the European Union, and they won't be seen again because the government has banned them at the behest of the new "forces of darkness" environmental elites.
They claim they are leading the world into an energy-efficient future that will save the planet. But Europeans know better; they know the government has unnecessarily robbed them of quality, cost-efficient light.
The new light bulb on the street, compact fluorescent lamps, can cost up to $14 each. Incandescent bulbs sell for as little as 70 cents each.
Environmentalists love to argue that the bulbs will save money in the long run because CFLs last longer. But that's not what consumers say. They are losing money because CFLs aren't coming anywhere close to working as advertised by environmental do-gooders.
Ironically, CFLs also are a threat to the environment and to public health because they contain mercury. You know the new bulbs can't be as economically and environmentally great as promised when even the liberal New York Times raises questions about their life expectancy, as it did in a March article headlined "Do New Bulbs Save Energy If They Don't Work?"
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