April 22, 2016

Earth Day Self-Abuse Project: Shoveling Lightbulbs Against the Tide


Say you get a dozen Compact Fluorescent Light Bulbs (make sure they're the "government approved" ENERGY STAR), and install them to feel better about your "carbon footprint." It's true that these 12 bulbs are going to cost you around $50, but that's a small price to pay for feeling good, isn't it?

Now, get to work. Let's say you're a fast light bulb screwer-inner and get it all done inside of five minutes.

Whew, that felt great, didn't it? Think of all the money you've saved and how much you've done to save the planet Earth from TEOTWAWKI!

Now if only China and India could be convinced to stop bringing 200 new souls into the world in the time it took you to change 12 light bulbs and we really might be getting somewhere.

Two hundred new human beings every five minutes in these two nations alone. And 200 more during the next five minutes. And 200.... Humm, 12 light bulb changes versus 200 human beings.... surely there's room for negotiation.

Real Time: Population Counter for India

Real Time:Population Counter for China

And, as usual, Europe is becoming dumber than the US faster: Drying up of lightbulbs has German in a lather -- latimes.com

As a European Union ban on making or importing certain incandescent lightbulbs takes hold, Ulf Erdmann Ziegler has hoarded 3,000 to last a lifetime -- he hopes. The ban aims to slow global warming.
Ah, Western European Man.... so elegant, so intelligent....


Q. How many European nations does it take to change lightbulbs?
A. All of them and now we'll just sit here in the dark.

Have a nice Earth Day, suckers.

Posted by Vanderleun at April 22, 2016 9:52 AM
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In light of the population numbers, if I lived in Europe I'd be seriously considering emulating this guy.

Posted by: Julie at October 18, 2009 6:47 PM

Actually I bought six today at Home Depot for $3.97.

But it is just as Ann Coulter said a while back, about how stupid "liberals" are; they think that flipping a light switch off will change the temperature of the oceans.
I like CFL's because I just don't have to get up on a ladder and change the bulbs so often. I have some in the basement that have been in use for two years.

Posted by: David at October 18, 2009 7:21 PM

I'm stockpiling incandescent light bulbs in my basement. (they're illegal after 2014)http://www.wnd.com/news/article.asp?ARTICLE_ID=59298
I have one hundred each of 75 and 100 watt bulbs. I'll soon be ordering more from 1000bulbs.com.

I'll be damned if I'm going into my 'golden' years with inadequate - slow to come on - mercury laden CFLs.

It's my little contribution to preventing global cooling.

Posted by: Cathy at October 18, 2009 7:47 PM

Because of their one-child policy, China's population is rapidly aging, and it should start to decline in the near future, just as Japan's is, and for the same reason.

However, the policy led to an imbalance between the sexes among the young. Some demographers estimate that China has 30 million excess young men and teens, just the age group that causes trouble everywhere.

So there will be fewer Chinese in the future, but the country will become a problem for its neighbors and the USA.

Posted by: Bob Sykes at October 19, 2009 4:42 AM

I heat my home more months of the year than I cool it. If I use heat generating incandescent bulbs, and turn all the lights on in the house during the day, it saves me almost 2 gallons of propane per day (qty 42 bulbs x 100w x ~300 BTU/hr).

If propane costs $3/gallon, then over the course of the heating season, 6 months (6 months heating, 3 months cooling, 3 months off), I SAVE $1,050 a year on heating fuel costs using incandescent bulbs.

I'm so tired of this discussion I think I'll replace all my incandescents with CFLs and install a coal-fired furnace to make up the difference.

Posted by: Eman at October 19, 2009 10:23 AM

Eman - Electric space heating is massively inefficient, in most circumstances. Why? Simple, really. No electric plant has an efficiency of more than about 45%, if powered by any sort of heat engine. So before the power even gets to you, at least 55% of the energy is chucked into the atmosphere, or the hydrosphere, as completely useless lowgrade heat.

This applies less if the electicity is coming from a nuke or hydro plant - both of these sources are very difficult to use on a small scale.

If you can save significant money by leaving the lights on, then it means that the electricity you're using is underpriced, or propane is overpriced, or both.

The real solution to this sort of problem is district heat and power. Far too socialist a solution for America, obviously. Using powerplant cooling water at 70 deg C or so for space heating is a commie plot not to be taken seriously by redblooded Americans. Much better to chuck the energy away.

Actually, I agree with the naysayers when it comes to CFLs. LED lighting, on the other hand...

Posted by: Fletcher Christian at October 19, 2009 2:47 PM

hoarding...guilty as charged.

Posted by: thud at October 19, 2009 10:25 PM

I am Ulf Erdmann Ziegler. I watched as my people rebuilt our civilization out of the ashes, after we had foolishly burnt it down twice in 25 years. I saw us defeat 2 types of barbaric totalitarianisms, and replace them with democracy and functioning technology. I saw us invite poor aliens from all over the world to share in our progress. But now our own bureaucrats have killed the last of our lightbulbs, and our people.

I, Ulf, am the last of the Europeans.

Posted by: JewishOdysseus at April 22, 2012 10:03 AM

Their god is lying in a climate controlled, vacuum sealed coffin in Red Square, the dude who's birthday Earth Day coincidentally just happens to accidentally be on.

Posted by: Christopher Taylor at April 22, 2012 10:26 AM

Happy Lenin's Birthday, comrades!

Posted by: rickl at April 22, 2012 4:03 PM

Da, tovarish, but when I read about light bulbs and self abuse in the same sentence I was reminded of a man I saw in the ER in Berkeley. He had put a light bulb somewhere he shouldn't have and, well... it had to be removed.

At least it didn't contain mercury!

Posted by: Eric Scheie at April 22, 2012 6:46 PM

I understand that the founder of Earth Day is Ira Einhorn, the crackpot college professor who murdered his girlfriend and then ran off to Europe.

Another dubious holiday, Kwaanzaa (sp?) was invented by Ron Karenga, a crackpot college professor known for both his racism and violence towards women.

Another crackpot college professor who wanted forced abortions and to have sulfur dioxide spewed into the stratosphere is advisng the Teleprompter in Chief.

Shakespeare had someone saying "First, let's kill all the lawyers." We may want to update the intended targets in that old saying.

Posted by: Don Rodrigo at April 23, 2012 11:24 AM

Did you notice in the uppermost cartoon the semi-prostrate person's tattoo "The Left" is located on his forehead?

Posted by: Howard Nelson at April 22, 2015 3:45 PM

I heard a sound one day that I had only heard in cartoons, and then saw smoke coming out of my ceiling fixture. The CF lamp had gone out the hard way. Fortunately for me, it didn't start a fire.

Posted by: Dr. Ted Nelson at April 22, 2015 6:27 PM

I don't see a big problem. Just use flashlights and candles. Oil lamps.
Read by the light of the cook fire.
Do all when the sun is up. Sleep after sundown. Simple.

Soon as the nukes start flyin' we'll glow in the dark.

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