Which of the following would you choose to light your living room? A light based on 19th century technology, that casts a pleasing light, lasts two or three years depending on how much you use it and costs about 69 cents? Or a light based on 21st century technology that uses less electricity, is said to last about five times longer, casts a much less pleasing light to the eyes of some people, contains a small amount of a hazardous substance and costs $7.00?
If you chose either of the two, you chose incorrectly because you don’t have a choice, thanks to your nanny state government.
Your tried and true incandescent light bulb, cheap, easy to use and pleasing to the eye, is soon to be gone in favor of compact fluorescent bulbs that may or may not save enough energy over their lifetimes to make them economically worthwhile. It should be your choice but it’s not. That’s because the government doesn’t believe that you have the capacity to balance quality, safety, energy use and cost and come to a buying decision on your own.
Yes, I’m hoarding incandescent bulbs because I like them. But I’m also hoarding them so that I can hang on to the last shred of what it feels like to be in charge of my own life.