Thursday, February 22, 2007

The Globe will be cooler

First it was naughty screensavers that were bad, and now it is the ordinary light globe. Australia is planning on banning the light globe in favour of the energy saving counterpart. Of course we shouldn't worry about some of the problems that the energy saving light globe can cause like these:

Here are some known issues with Compact Fluorescent Bulbs.

Instead, lets look at the benefits that getting rid of the energy wasting globe will save. As noted by MSNBC

Legislation to gradually restrict the sale of the old-style bulbs could reduce Australia's greenhouse gas emissions by 4 million tons by 2012.

Note the word could. So best case scenario, we'll save 4 million tons of greenhouse gas by 2012. Lets assume that 100% of recent warming is caused by the deadly gas, and given that Australia's greenhouse gas output is 1.6% of the worlds, and that we have seen an increase in 0.6 degrees in the last century this will mean that banning these light globes will make the world on average

0.0000012 degrees cooler per year.

Keeping in mind that this is a best case scenario. I can almost feel a chill in the air right now.


alan woods said...

We're saved. SAVED!!

Tony Edwards said...

One unanswered question is how much energy/gas emmission is connected to the making of the fluorescent bulbs as opposed to the ordinary bulbs? Another is how much extra toxic waste will be generated both during their manufacture and subsequent disposal?

Jonathan Lowe said...

very good points tony, there are a lot of downsides to the energy saving globes, they look terrible in lamps for starters!

Mike Canberra said...

Every one seems to have missed that the gumnt is saying this will save 66% of our power bill! There really are fairies at the bottom of the garden.

Chris M said...

Good points Jonathan. Only a socialist government would ban something as harmless as a light globe.

Now that the average citizen is OK with them banning things as they wish I wonder what is next on the list? For example it's a wonder they still allow cars to be sold with V8 engines.

Jono said...

Damn you and your science, maths, statistics.

The cost-benefit analysis is a tool of the devil.

You have to have faith in global warming !