Gone is the time when a broken light bulb required nothing more than a dust buster or broom. Now broken glass should be the least of your worries if faced with the task of cleaning up an Energy Star energy saving light bulb.
In the ongoing effort to protect us all against “global warming” our reliable non-toxic filament light bulbs have largely been replace with mercury filled energy saver bulbs. An added feature of these bulbs is that they come with their own set of EPA guidelines stating how to respond if you break one of them in your home.
Unlike those old fashioned bulbs that offered only the threat of broken glass, these new bulbs make things much more interesting by essentially becoming a makeshift mercury gas grenade upon breaking. The EPA casually recommends that in the event of a broken energy saver bulb one evacuates all people and pets from the room, seals the room off and turns off any ventilation or air conditioning systems that might spread the toxin to other areas of the home. Then, when the dust has literally cleared, you are to be sure to pick up every single bit of glass, or risk having high levels of lingering mercury in your home. Here’s what the EPA states on their website:
CFLs and other fluorescent light bulbs contain a small amount of mercury sealed within the glass tubing. When a fluorescent bulb breaks in your home, some of this mercury is released as mercury vapor. To minimize exposure to mercury vapor, EPA recommends that residents follow the cleanup and disposal steps described on this page.
Studies have recently shown that the amount of mercury released from a broken energy saver bulb can exceed federal guidelines by up to 100 times. This makes it difficult for people to understand exactly what the EPA means by a “small” amount of mercury.
It requires a deeply perverse mentality to place higher significance on scientifically dubious claims of global warming, made by people who own more mansions than most of us own dress shoes, than on actual and non-debatable threats to human welfare like mercury toxicity.
Indeed, it seems that this theme of viewing one’s wellbeing or safety as secondary to imaginary threats of looming catastrophe is recurrent within the schemes of this world’s elitist class. With Al Gore’s book “An Inconvenient Truth” being exposed as nearly entirely fictitious, and the most significant piece of statistical data in support of global warming theory, Michael Mann’s “hockey stick” graph, being exposed as utterly fraudulent, the wind has been abruptly cut from the sails of this disgraceful taxation scheme. And with the worldwide banning of incandescent bulbs set to begin in 2012, this has left many American familes asking just what was wrong with our good old fashioned non toxic light bulbs that didn’t require HAZMAT precautions upon breaking.