Sunday, July 17, 2011
How many corporate lobbyists does it take to change a lightbulb?
An interesting article from the Boston Globe suggests that the looming ban on incandescent lightbulbs was as much a result of corporate lobbying as it was a product of the green movement. Big bulb manufacturers, unable to convince consumers to switch to the more expensive and more profitable compact fluorescent lights, joined forces with environmental lobbyists and got Congress to force them to switch. Never mind that compact fluorescent lights don't work in many fixtures and contain toxic mercury.