The science is settled once again...

...this time on the unmitigated wonderfulness of CFLs—that is, if you accept the propaganda put out by, amongst others, NYSERDA and Cornell Cooperative Extension of Tompkins County.  

Then again, maybe not so much.  Not new but worth a view, from 2008 (thanks, Tom):

Earlier this week from Europe:

Fears have been reignited about the safety of energy saving light bulbs after a group of scientists warned that they contain cancer causing chemicals.

Their report advises that the bulbs should not be left on for extended periods, particularly near someone’s head, as they emit poisonous materials when switched on.

Peter Braun, who carried out the tests at the Berlin's Alab Laboratory, said: “For such carcinogenic substances it is important they are kept as far away as possible from the human environment.”

The bulbs are already widely used in the UK following EU direction to phase out traditional incandescent lighting by the end of this year....

Read the rest.  And they're due to be required in this country by 2014.

And by all means see Chrissy's post at PoliNation for lots more information (you can get to PoliNation any time you want by heading over there to your right to the "Local Links" block and clicking the appropriate link. And as long as you're in the right sidebar anyway, here's a plug from One of Nine's Shameless Commerce Division—click on "Chrissy's Originals" for cool jewelry and photoshop services.  But I digress).

Both Chrissy and Sister Toldjah (in a post reassuringly entitled "The Grenade in Your Lamp") highly recommend an article at American Thinker, "The CFL Fraud," and there truly is a ton more information there.

Are we doomed to curly-fry light bulbs?  Not necessarily. A bill has been introduced, the Better Use of Light Bulbs Act, H.R. 91, but it appears to be languishing in committee at the moment.  Contact your House member and express your opinion.