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Old 03-04-2011, 12:11 PM   #2
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The facts are a bit skewed. If we kept using the normal incandescent lights (avg. 60WATT) then that means more coal that the power plants have to burn (we get over 50% of our power from coal). The byproduct of burning coal, besides CO2, is coal ash which is an enviromental nightmare because contained within it are high levels of heavy metals, including mercury, cobalt, cadmium, and arsenic. The coal ash is usually sotred in a pit, and if not lined properly that stuff seeps into the ground. Its a catch 22 situation.
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