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Tuesday, February 20, 2007

Lights out Down Under

Well, more accurately, the bulbs are on the way out Down Under. After meeting with mayoral candidate David Briley, who is advocating for a greener city government, yesterday, I think this might be a noble goal to add to Nashville's future to-do list:

While some US cities like Raleigh are already planning steps to cut back on energy wastes by converting to more efficient lighting systems, it looks like the entire continent of Australia could be following suit. Claiming to be the "world's first" national government to phase out incandescent light bulbs in favor of the more "fuel-efficient, compact fluorescent bulb," environment minister Malcolm Turnbull is hoping to "cut Australia's greenhouse gas emissions by four million metric tonnes a year by 2015." Citing the "climate changes" the world is facing as a "global challenge," Turnbell also urged other nations to follow suit in making a difference, but didn't exactly open up his personal wallet to stock our households with those uber-pricey bulbs. Interestingly, some environmentalists feel that the bulk of greenhouse gas emissions come from government and business-related activities, which should presumably take priority over swapping out a country's light bulbs.
I also found it interesting that the article makes the point about governments needing to lower their greenhouse gas emissions because Briley, as Kleinheider pointed out yesterday, make the point that governments are often behind the private sector these days when it comes to environmentally friendly practices. (By the way, there are much cheaper options for green bulbs out there than the $65 LED versions Engagdet mentions above.)


Jeffrey said...

nice post rob. i would like to see Nashville go the green route as well. CFL's are getting ridiculously cheap and they're even being encased in "traditional" incandescent-like coverings too...for those people who don't want "weird" spirally looking bulbs.

have you checked out my new blog that is a conversation of how to take fun and simple steps towards living green? it's

Rob Robinson said...

Thanks, Jeffrey. I haven't seen your new blog, but that is right up my alley. I would like to do more to live green. We're good about recycling, but could do more, too.

That's good to know about the CFLs becoming more mainstream and more affordable. We need to go ahead and take that plunge, too.

Jeffrey said...

cool man. Living green is something that has become increasingly more important to me over the past year or so. Let me know how you like my living green blog. If you do like it, feel free to link it up or tell some folks. But, again, i'd love to hear what you think about it.