Thursday, September 9, 2010

Incandescent Light Bulbs - #2116 - The Stupidity of Politics - Green Fables, Jobs and the Incandescent Bulb - Hot Air

Hot Air’s headlines linked a Washington Post piece today on the closing of the last US manufacturing plant for the humble incandescent light bulb. The article’s focus is on the “irony” of US engineers having come up with the compact-fluorescent lightbulb (CFL), as well as the way to manufacture it efficiently, but the actual manufacturing jobs – which are labor-intensive – having migrated overseas. Of course, only if you’re a Washington Post writer does it seem ironic to you that manufacturers move their plants to where taxes are lower and all employer costs cheaper. But the article has other unintended ironies – or, at least, fatuous and utterly unexamined statements. The most important one occurs in paragraph 6, near the beginning, and it comes in for critical scrutiny not at all. In fact, it’s expressed in vague, impressionistic terms that ought to get a journalist horsewhipped by a serious editor. Here’s what WaPo tells us about the US decision to force the phase-out of the incandescent bulb: The resulting savings in energy and greenhouse-gas emissions are expected to be immense. Savor that for a moment. These 14 words are the sum total of the justification offered in the WaPo narrative for all the economic perturbation the story then proceeds to describe. The climax of the tale is a bunch of Americans losing their manufacturing jobs, as a whole industry is reorganized and transformed. But WaPo’s writers examine everything about this story except the original reasoning for the political decision.  Read more.......
This is so well researched, see what this move to compact-florescent bulbs will really cost us and why it was done.

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