Europe is really pulling way ahead of the US (government at least) in its response to climate change.
ORDINARY light bulbs are to be banned across the European Union within two years!
How much of an impact will it have for Europe's 490 million people to replace their billions of incandescent bulbs with compact fluorescents?
Well, using the EPA's light bulb calculator, replacing just ten 60 watt incandescents used 4 hours per day with 12 watt CFL's will save about $75 and 1,000 lbs of CO2 per year.
Most homes have many times more lightbulbs. Used more hours per day. And businesses...
So how many lbs of CO2 will this save, and how much $$ will this pump into non-energy sectors of the EU economy - $ that they used to spend to light their homes and businesses and now will have available to spend on clothing, electronics, food, home improvements, travel, you name it?
You do the math. It's tremendous!