Progress Energy discounts light bulbs...

Progress Energy discounts light bulbs to gauge energy efficienc...

There are 4 comments on the Asheville Citizen-Times story from Dec 4, 2007, titled Progress Energy discounts light bulbs to gauge energy efficienc.... In it, Asheville Citizen-Times reports that:

RALEIGH Progress Energy is trying to gauge the public's interest in energy efficiency by discounting compact fluorescent light bulbs by $1 each.

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Gordon Smith

Newton, NC

#1 Dec 4, 2007
The story says that the "goal" is to sell 200,000 bulbs. Is this Progress Energy's goal or Home Depot's goal? If Progress Energy is "trying to gauge" interest, it doesn't make sense that they would have a goal at all. They would simply monitor.
TombKeeper

Asheville, NC

#2 Dec 4, 2007
Since mercury is one of the most dangerous chemical in the enviroment, according to several enviormental groups and the EPA. This is a great way to put mercury back into the enviroment in a greater quality than we are now. Save the energy, polute the enviroment.
Ignorance amuses me

Denver, NC

#3 Dec 4, 2007
TombKeeper wrote:
Since mercury is one of the most dangerous chemical in the enviroment, according to several enviormental groups and the EPA. This is a great way to put mercury back into the enviroment in a greater quality than we are now. Save the energy, polute the enviroment.
Oh and the oil and coal that are burned to power wasteful methods of illumination are good for the planet? The solution is to keep the mercury out of the environment, and the proper disposal of these bulbs is already understood and practiced.
TombKeeper

Asheville, NC

#4 Dec 4, 2007
Oil and coal are burned to power all methods of illumination. The proper disposal is understood and practiced by everyone? Lets not be blind to reality. People will drop and break bulbs and will not think about recycling and just put it the trash. Then what happens to the mercury when they are properly disposed of. It has to be stored, handled and transported somewhere. Where are these bulbs manufactured? Overseas where there is tight EPA regulations on this type of manufacturing? The mercury has to be mined, extracted, transported, stored and then used in the manufacturing process. We thought that mercury in a thermometer was so dangerous that they were all removed. Now we are bringing the mercury right back into the house. Where am I wrong on this?

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