The latest Golden Calf being worshipped in the Cult of Global Warming is the Compact Fluorescent Lightbulb -- CFL for short.
Australia, Canada, the European Union and -- of course, California -- are either in the process of mandating the use of CFLs, or have already done so.
We are assured by High Priest Algo-Re that replacing good old incandescent bulbs with CFLs will "reduce greenhouse gas emissions", save the planet, cause lions and lambs to lay down with each other, convince Third World countries to have our children, put a Democrat in the White House and convert Muslim radicals to the Way of Peace.
There's always a snake in Eden. In this case, the snake is a wicked element called mercury.
Yes, the same element whose presence in tuna causes environmentalists to foam at the mouth like a pack of rabid chihuahuas is found in their holy CFLs -- about five milligrams worth per bulb, more or less.
That fine print will get you on the arse every time.
So. The peons are forced to convert to CFLs -- because the environmental movement and the Gummint know what's best for us -- which leads to ...
How many extra CFLs in the garbage that first year? Which adds up to how much extra mercury in various landfills that same year?
Oh, Holy jumping Al Gore on a pogo stick! We're poisoning the Earth with mercury! Think of the chilllll-dren!
So, to prevent the mercury and methylmercury poisoning of Mother Gaia, the enviromentalists will suggest that disposal of used CFLs and clean-up of broken CFLs should be paid for by the peons what bought and broke them -- two grand and change according to Ms. Brandy Bridges.
Two thousand dollars ($2000) to clean up one (1) broken five-dollar ($5) CFL. And these things are supposed to be easier on our checkbooks?!
And since people are people and don't want to drive 60 miles to find a CFL/mercury Disposal Centre -- or shell out two grand because Junior was bouncing a baseball inside the house -- they're going to quietly wrap the burnt-out or broken CFLs in a newspaper and stuff them deep in the dumpster.
Which, of course, will lead to further mercury/heavy metal poisoning of the environment.
And since the government is the government -- they will quietly criminalize the improper disposal of burnt-out or broken CFLs.
Al Gore and the rest of the Watermelon* Environmental Movement can take their mercury-laden CFLs and stuff them up where the sun don't shine.
Give me my incandescent bulbs -- good enough for Thomas Edison, by God -- and bugger off.
*Green on the outside, red on the inside.