Local Warming

January 8, 2008

The TED conference videos often touch on important world issues. In this video Yossi Vardi talks about how you can Help Fight Local Warming. Local warming potentially impacts half the population of the world. This video may make you cry. Make sure you are seated when viewing :-)

U.S. Congress Bashes Bulbs

January 2, 2008

The Wall Street Journal reports that the energy bill passed by the U.S. Congress last month will effectively ban incandescent light bulbs by 2012.

Representatives of Philips and General Electric, two of the biggest lightbulb makers, say there’s nothing to be concerned about. And Larry Lauck of the American Lighting Association says, “I think everyone’s pretty happy” with the new law. But then, the lighting industry has no reason not to be: People will need light, whatever the law says–according to Randy Moorehead of Philips, there are four billion standard-size (or “medium base”) light sockets in America alone.

So if you’re GE or Philips or Sylvania, the demise of the plain vanilla lightbulb is less a threat than an opportunity–an opportunity, in particular, to replace a product that you can sell for 50 cents with one that sells for $3 or more.

Goofy if you ask me.