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Kevin Fischer is a veteran broadcaster, the recipient of over 150 major journalism awards from the Milwaukee Press Club, the Wisconsin Associated Press, the Northwest Broadcast News Association, the Wisconsin Bar Association, and others. He has been seen and heard on Milwaukee TV and radio stations for over three decades. A longtime aide to state Senate Republicans in the Wisconsin Legislature, Kevin can be seen offering his views on the news on the public affairs program, "InterCHANGE," on Milwaukee Public Television Channel 10, and heard filling in on Newstalk 1130 WISN. He lives with his wife, Jennifer, and their lovely young daughter, Kyla Audrey, in Franklin.

Dangerous light bulbs just got more dangerous


We know compact fluorescent light bulbs (CFLs) are dangerous. Any product the government mandates we purchase has to be suspect.

Now the CFL time bomb is ticking.

Ticking.

Ticking.

The non-partisan Governing Magazine wrote in October 2008, “Although the amount of mercury in a CFL is relatively small, environmental regulators consider breaking one of the bulbs indoors a household hazard that demands special cleanup measures. An even broader problem may emerge perhaps three years from now. That's when the first wave of the recently purchased CFLs will begin burning out, and most likely, wind up smashed in the trash in huge numbers. A lot of mercury will soon be heading to landfills across the country, posing potential risks to both water and air quality.”

"Perhaps three years from now."
 
I went to private schools so I know my math is correct that three years from October 2008 is October 2011.

Want more updated bad news? The scientific web site physorg.com writes:

Those light-emitting diodes (LEDs)  marketed as safe, environmentally preferable alternatives to traditional lightbulbs actually contain lead, arsenic and a dozen other potentially hazardous substances, according to newly published research.

Wonderful.

At least some members of Congress believe that you and I are smart enough to decide which light bulbs we want to purchase.

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