The right-leaning Australian government, battling against flagging public support and an energetic opposition, has just announced that it will phase out the use of incandescent bulbs by 2010 in favour of more energy-efficient alternatives, like compact fluorescents or white LEDs.
This comes on the heels of a recent initiative in California to do the same thing.
I still think banning a particular technology is not the best way to do this. Instead, the government should set minumum standards as an encouragement for the industry to innovate.
Across the pond, the Bush administration has just announced that it may eliminate the standard that mandates unleaded gasoline.
In what may be the most bizarre justification ever, the Environmental Protection Agency is claiming that the standards have been sooo successful at reducing lead concentrations in the air that industry should be allowed to start emitting it again.
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