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April 18, 2011

Those 'Climate Saving' CFLs Now Reported To Release Deadly Cancer-Causing Vapors!

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CFL Energy-Saving-Lamp-1.jpgYep, it's indeed a good thing Congress didn't mandate that most incandescent light bulbs can no longer be manufactured and sold in the United States. After all, we've already learned that CFLs released deadly mercury, but only if they broke. Now we know all you have to do is turn the damned things on and .... zappo ... cancer-causing fumes are emitted.

Oh wait, they did mandate that most incandescent light bulbs can no longer be manufactured and sold in the United States, didn't they! Those lefty environmentalists and the Democrats in Congress are really lookin' out for us, right!

From NoTricksZone via William Teach (original story in German):

I don't have a single one of these damn things in our house, and I'm glad. Now the German online DIE WELT has a report here called: Energy Saving Lights Emit Toxic Substances.

It was already widely known that CFLs released deadly mercury, but only if they broke, see here for example, or here on what to do if one breaks. Now, according to the German television news show "Markt", which will air tomorrow evening at 8:15 pm, CFLs also emit cancer-causing fumes during their operation, principally phenol, which is highly toxic even in small amounts.

DIE WELT reports that the news magazine NDR selected a random sampling of CFLs
made by various manufacturers and had them tested by an independent laboratory.

DIE WELT writes:

" The official expert for lighting, Peter Braun, confirmed the magazine's claims that substances can find there way in the air in a room. 'Of special concern was that all lights that were tested emitted cancer-causing substances while they operated, and these happened to be the substances that occurred with the highest concentrations,' Braun told the network."
As a commenter at NoTricksZone noted, it's not so easy being green ... and safe. And shouldn't we consider and check into the repercussions of the "going green" long before we jump into what often turns out to be worse than what was supposed to be the problem (take the ethanol-in-gasoline disaster, for example)?

Posted by Richard at April 18, 2011 9:12 AM



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