"...a group of scientists warned that [CFLs] contain cancer causing
chemicals. Their report advises that the bulbs should not be left on for
extended periods, particularly near someone’s head, as they emit poisonous
materials when switched on. "
Or maybe it was cell phones that should not be near the head when switched
Since CFLs contain printed-circuit boards that will get warm, there may
indeed be some diffusion of minute amounts of chemicals into the air --
but the same probably goes for your TV, radio, DVD player, computer, and
all those wall warts that you have powering various devices.
Someone's thoughtful reply:
I've been searching the web for the actual study, or even an abstract.
I'd like to know the exact methodology of the test, the conditions of
the lab, if the instruments were properly calibrated, and most
critically, what controls were used.
Did he test only one source of light, or several?
Until we can see the actual published report, this has absolutely no
scientific value. This is cold-fusion.
But it shows an interesting response; people with scientific
backgrounds aren't going haywire over it, people with no real
training, no understanding of science or biology are going nuts.
Toxicity and carcinogenicity are dose related. These chemicals are all
present in our lives from different sources. If it scares the greenies,
they should stick to candles.
Further, if the greenies live in the "dark" burning candles, it will
greatly increase the chances of them and their hellspawn dying in a
house fire and thus removing them and their ignorance of science from
the gene pool. This also seems to work to some extent with religious
Ah, the wax from candles *is* the fuel, the wick is just there to make
it burn easier. Cheap candles drip a lot of wax, that would be reusable
but that's only a small percentage of the fuel.
If you use bees wax, that is good in candles and I suppose that could be
considered renewable. They won't drip much if at all.
Perhaps not, but lighting using whale oil certainly makes
use of a renewable
There's probably hefty fines for whaling. Protected
species, for sure. Let me guess, you would use spotted owl
feathers as a wick?
The point I was raising, which was evidently too obscure for some, is that a
"renewable resource" is not automatically preferred.
I don't know about spotted owl feathers. Whether they would work is
completely unknown, but they ARE renewable. To some, that's all that
Everything causes cancer. Everybody has cancer, just not active.
Everything needs a trigger.
Everyone has cancer *cells*.
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