Taking the Lead

By Ryan McGreal
Published February 20, 2007

Taking the Lead, Pt. 1

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.

Taking the Lead, Pt. 2

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.

Ryan McGreal, the editor of Raise the Hammer, lives in Hamilton with his family and works as a programmer, writer and consultant. Ryan volunteers with Hamilton Light Rail, a citizen group dedicated to bringing light rail transit to Hamilton. Ryan wrote a city affairs column in Hamilton Magazine, and several of his articles have been published in the Hamilton Spectator. His articles have also been published in The Walrus, HuffPost and Behind the Numbers. He maintains a personal website, has been known to share passing thoughts on Twitter and Facebook, and posts the occasional cat photo on Instagram.

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By driving me crazy (anonymous) | Posted February 22, 2007 at 13:14:12

How freakin' retrograde to you have to be to get shown up by bloody Howard's Australia??

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