20 Nov, 2009, quixadhal wrote in the 61st comment:
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My question… what are elementary schools going to use to keep their quail eggs alive? When I was a kid, one of the science/biology projects was having a big glass cage setup with light bulbs to provide the right amount of heat so the eggs would hatch and the chicks would stay warm. If those are going to become illegal, I guess they'll need to use computer power supplies?
I don't think it's actually a ban of all incandescent bulbs, but rather a requirement of luminosity per watt of some sort. There are newer tech incandescent bulbs that meet the new standards, as I understand it, and as I alluded to earlier things are improving "as we speak".
*sigh* It's still stupid. If something IS better, whether it be quality or cost, then people will naturally move toward using it. I think maybe I'll just stock up on whale oil. ;-P
The problem is that such is not always the case. People, especially advertisers, lie. They spread purposeful misinformation to serve themselves. They don't care about the "greater good" only about the greater profit. Now I'm not accusing the light bulb companies for doing that - I'm speaking generally.
The market doesn't always work as well as it does in theory. Aside from that, it's better for the country as a whole to consume less power and at times we cannot wait for the slow hand of the market to "do it's thing."
A great example would be environmental standards. Companies won't generally feel inclined to limit pollution unless they can see a direct correlation to profit. There are times when legislation helps guide it in the proper direction. I may have left the point behind on this tangent.