Wednesday, December 7, 2011

"If the new light bulb is so amazing, why don't people just buy it?"

Here is an entertaining video in defense of incandescent light bulbs (h/t Powerline):

1 comment:

  1. RE Ode to Light Bulb...

    (from the end of
    extensively covering the ban)

    On a deeper level, it's about celebrating Creativity - not Destruction.
    Celebrating creativity is about recognizing the advantages that different products have.
    That is why they exist for people to choose.

    President Obama, State of the Union Address 25 January 2011:
    "What we can do - what America does better than anyone - is spark the creativity and imagination of our people.
    We are the nation that put cars in driveways and computers in offices,
    the nation of Edison and the Wright brothers..."

    Yes Mr President, Creative America, the nation of Edison:
    Would you not have allowed him to create his popular light bulb?
    (A year later, in the next address, you also say: "I will not back down from protecting our kids from mercury poison")

    And so it came to pass, in the autumn of 1879, after tireless effort working with different materials, Thomas Edison finally arrived at the ingenious invention we still see today, the Edison light bulb, in its basic form, without any energy efficiency constraints, the world's single most popular electrical appliance and the oldest electrical invention in widespread common use:
    A beautifully simple, safe, cheap, bright light delivering construction.

    Maybe the time will come when, like its cousin the gleaming radio tube, it gradually fades away, the passing of old technology.

    But let it be a democratic passing by the will of the people,
    not a passing by committee dictats and decrees.

    How many politicians or bureaucrats should it take to change a light bulb?

    How many citizens should be allowed to choose?