Date registered: Dec 2003
Vehicle: 94 E500, 97 500SL
Location: Soddy Daisy, TN
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For the light bulb police
The light bulb thread has inspired me to new revelations. It hadn't occurred to me that there are some who believe that big brother can and should reach into my light sockets (in addition to my pockets), and then my mind wandered to what else would fall into the category of requiring such regulation (using more energy than it should or, for that matter, using any when an alternative doesn't).
With regards to the light bulb thing, what disturbs me is the only thing that people seem to pay attention to is the end of the cycle, that power consumption thing, with no regard to costs and energy used in manufacture, including production of whatever gas that is inside the thing. I'm not suggesting it is a deal breaker, just that the whole injury to the environment would need to be considered. Plus, I am suspicious of all such regulation . . . when a law is made that is contrary to the marketplace rules, it leads to somebody making money they didn't earn, and quite often they're behind the push for the law.
All that being said, I'll kick off the list of other things that are fair game if the light bulb thing becomes law. Add to it as you see fit:
1. Ban headlights on during the day
2. No thermostats which will allow a heat setting above, say, 60 degrees, or a cooling setting less than 78
3. No escalators
4. No washers/dryers. You can wash your clothes by hand
5. No dishwashers, ditto
6. No TV's (read a book for entertainment)
7. Mandatory carpooling
8. No motor driven treadmills or other exercise equipment (in fact, hook up a generator to them and let people make power while they exercise)
9. No power tools
10. No powered lawn mowers
11. No fireplaces
12. No grilling outside, too much wasted heat
13. In fact, it is way more efficient to "meal pool" amongst the neighborhood all the time. No home cooked meals for less than 20 people
14. No frivoulous sporting events inside or at night requiring lighting
Given the parameters, I'm sure you can add more sins and conveniences we need the government to regulate for national security purposes . . . just look around . . .