Friday, March 06, 2009

Another GWA talking point, CFL's, and cool bearer

Reuters reports that "U.S. oil and natural gas producing companies should not receive federal subsidies in the form of tax breaks because their businesses contribute to global warming, U.S. Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner told Congress on Wednesday."

Be careful Mr Geithner of what you say. There are many recipients and would-be beneficiaries of government aid that contribute to "global warming." You just might make a lot more enemies. This is the same Mr Geithner who says he will run after tax cheats in America. (of course he is no longer a tax cheat, as he has fully paid his tax liabilities).

This line of thinking, though, would definitely be picked up by the greenies in governments and in private groups who look to the new US administration's green direction.

On another note, a study conducted in Canada shows a link between efficient lighting (using CFL's) to higher heating bills, thereby negating whatever decrease on greenhouse gas emissions.

CBC News has found that in some cases compact fluorescent bulbs (CFLs) can have the adverse effect of increasing greenhouse gas emissions, depending on how consumers heat their homes.

In fact, a recent report by BC Hydro estimates new lighting regulations will increase annual greenhouse gas emissions in British Columbia by 45,000 tonnes annually as consumers use more energy to heat their homes after switching to more energy efficient — but cooler — lighting.

Summer's here, PAGASA says. Those of you pining for cooler temperatures, maybe now is the time to invite Al again. He is the cool bearer.

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