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Are Compact Flourescent Lightbulbs Really "Green?"


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By Scott Simpson - Vancouver Sun

Compact fluorescent lights are a darling of the environmental movement, but they're also likely to cause a net increase in greenhouse-gas emissions, according to a BC Hydro document.

Over the past five years, Hydro's promotion of compact fluorescents, or CFLs, has been so effective that British Columbia is now a North American leader in using the energy-saving bulbs.

However, in a recent filing to the B.C. Utilities Commission, Hydro states that widespread adoption of CFLs will have unintended consequences for the environment.

To read more in the Vancouver Sun, click here.

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They're using logic that's only relevant if you get all your energy from non-GHG sources (...gee, they work for BC Hydro) and your house is always in heating mode. I suppose there are small fractions of the world where that is true, but to extrapolate that to the larger population on this planet is absurd.

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