For some time now, the green movement has been gaining increased popularity. Everywhere you look, businesses are quick to advertise how environmentally sound their new products are. Save money, save the earth: the green movement appeals to all of us in some way. However, have you ever even heard the arguments against green advancement? Have you ever weighed the pros and cons before blindly believing the often ludicrous claims that these green products make? I know I didn’t, until I stumbled across an article in the Investors Business Daily (newspaper)
The article is, of course, biased and maybe even exaggerated. But it brings to attention some startling facts. The green movement has succeeded in the banning of the 75watt incandescent light bulb. Last year, it was the 100watt bulb that was banned. Already, are you starting to feel outraged? The government is stepping in and MANDATING to us the proper way to light our homes.
The newer, greener bulbs cost up to six times as much as their counterparts and are made largely in china–due to cost efficiency. The new bulbs are NOT necessarily better than the ones deemed illegal, but they ARE more expensive and require more hand labor (the glass must be twisted into a shape reminiscent of the double helix). When ordinary incandescent light bulbs became outlawed, the factories that produced them had to shut down. When the factories shut down, hardworking Americans were cheated out of their jobs.
Do you see the problem here? We are being told how to light our homes, American jobs are being destroyed in order to create jobs for the Peoples Republic of China, and we are forced to buy the same product for six times the normal price!
The article can be found online, here: http://www.investors.com/NewsAndAnalysis/Article/546913/201009101839/Thomas-Edison-Youre-Under-Arrest.htm