Letters and Opinion

New light on lightbulbs

June 15, 2013

I felt it necessary to fact-check Sheila Kennedy concerning her [June 3] column about conservative reaction to the environment.

Remarkably, scientists, in their minds, proved their hypothesis by the fact that the politically conservative were not willing to pay a higher price for a compact fluorescent bulb. However, when the bulbs were priced the same, only one participant chose the old-fashioned bulb.

In Kennedy’s world, this is, of course, impossible. Nowhere did she choose to mention that CFL bulbs contain mercury and the risks associated with them.

Let me present my own hypothesis, which I readily admit is unscientific. Perhaps the politically conservative are aware of the dangers of CFL bulbs and only chose to purchase one when the price was right.•

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Jeffrey D. Congdon

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