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Gored By Bull

By on 8.31.09 | 5:40PM

More and more shortcomings, and downright hazards, of compact fluorescent light bulbs keep appearing (lighting designer Howard Brandston relates some of the more annoying practical problems in today’s Wall Street Journal).  Rasmussen found a whopping 18% of Americans think the government should tell us what light bulbs to use; yet the Gore/Waxman/Markey push for more government mandates in legislation and regulation marches on.  Al Gore is no Romeo, and Henry Waxman is certainly no Juliet!

Gored By Bull
By Asher Embry

What bulb in yonder fixture breaks?
The mercury inside it makes
A toxic mess upon your floor
Which you can simply not ignore.
So you must call the EPA,
To cart those deadly shards away.

And if you get the bulbs to work,
They may last minutes ‘cause a quirk
An engineer chose not to fix
Because the global politics
Demanded green bulbs way too fast
Regardless of how long they’d last.

The moral here is plain to see.
This climate change hypocrisy,
Imposing Al Gore’s twisted view
Of what we should and shouldn’t do.
Though claiming righteous benefit,
These bulbs don’t really save a whit.

Misguided legislation thrives.
It won’t improve our daily lives.

(You can read more of Asher Embry's Political Verse at www.politicalverse.com.)

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