Monday, February 26, 2007

Australia is claiming a world first, (for a nation maybe, but as we reported, California recently suggested a similar move for that state). They will be banning the sale of incandescent light bulbs, saving 800,000 tonnes of CO2 emissions during the three year phase-out period, with an annual emission reduction of 4 million tonnes by 2015. Compact fluorescent bulbs (CFLs) are to be the new stars, though we imagine the LED guys will seize the opportunity too. (Globally lighting is equal in emission contribution to about 70% of the world's passenger vehicles.)

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As Jim Hightower explains it, is that “the wealthiest 1 percent of Americans possess more net worth today than the bottom 90 percent of us combined. Worse, these privileged few and their political henchmen have structured a new economic ‘normal’ of long-term joblessness, low wages, no benefits or worker rights, miserly public services, and a steadily widening chasm between the rich and the rest of us.” We must restore sanity to this nation.