340 million lightbulbs

I know it probably makes me worse than a puppy-eating smoker in the eyes of all right-thinking Guardian readers but I’m a climate change sceptic.

So, it gave me great pleasure to read this article in the Telegraph.

Last week in Italy, the various branches of our emerging world government, G8 and G20, agreed in principle that the world must by 2050 cut its CO2 emissions in half. Britain and the US are already committed to cutting their use of fossil fuels by more than 80 per cent. Short of an unimaginable technological revolution, this could only be achieved by closing down virtually all our economic activity: no electricity, no transport, no industry. All this is being egged on by a gigantic publicity machine, by the UN, by serried ranks of government-funded scientists, by cheerleaders such as Al Gore, last week comparing the fight against global warming to that against Hitler’s Nazis, and by politicians who have no idea what they are setting in train.

I’m convinced that in years to come, people like myself will be saying, “I told you so”, although I guess that I’ll be doing it verbally and not on Twitter as there’ll be no juice left for the phone to charge with…

Funnily enough, this article appeared at about the same time in the same paper exposing rampant government stupidity in the fight against global warming.

To paraphrase Lewis Black – my favourite living comedian – this profligate and stupid Labour government has a knack of taking a shitty idea and making it even shittier.

Low energy lightbulbs mailed to British families that cannot use them

Hundreds of millions of old-fashioned low energy lightbulbs have been mailed to British families that often cannot use them, official documents show.

The Department of Energy and Climate Change admits that it is “concerned” at the mailings – described yesterday by campaigners as a waste – and has agreed to ban them.

But it has decided not so do so for another six months to allow even more of the bulbs to be sent out – even though every home in the country has already, on average, received at least eight of them.

Experts believe that vast numbers of the compact fluorescent lamp (CFL) bulb are stored away, never to be used, and thrown out to end up in landfill, where they pose a potential pollution problem.

So, all together, about 340 million unwanted and totally unsolicited lightbulbs have been sent out to UK households.


Well, it’s all down to CERT – the Carbon Emissions Reduction Target – an official government scheme to lower CO2 emissions and other similar schemes.

It was envisaged that these schemes would be used to subsidise energy-saving methods measures such as loft and cavity wall insulation for households – especially “low-income, vulnerable or elderly”.

Instead, about a third of the companies involved in the scheme have bought hundreds of millions of these unwanted bulbs as a way of participating in the schemes utilising the minimum effort possible.

So, government funding has been used to provide UK households with 340 million unwanted bulbs.

However, now we know that CERT and other schemes have been an expensive failure we can expect the supply of bulbs to stop.

Well, actually…no…

The Department has undertaken to stop the mailings from the New Year but has refused to do so immediately because this would “unfairly penalise” companies who had not yet taken advantage of the scheme.

So that’s another shitload of unwanted lightbulbs – or dimbulbs as they ought to be called – wending their unwanted way to an unwitting British public.

We should end up with about a dozen by the time this fucking stupid scheme ends.

So, it’s viewed as a total failure but the lightbulbs are going to keep on coming anyway.


A total waste of money, more crap for the landfills and yet more climate change stupidity.

Dim doesn’t begin to describe the whole fucking exercise…


3 Responses

  1. Well I haven’t received any, and neither has anyone I know.
    So I suspect that there is something of hitherto un-noticed value in these bulbs, and someone somewhere is building a dimbulb mountain…..and chuckling….

  2. I think whether you get free dimbulbs or not hinges on who you get your power from.
    Don’t give up though – yours might come later this year!

  3. Thomas Edison
    Invented the lightbulb. Without it he couldn’t see how to work his phonograph.

    Mrs Edison was very, very cross at the amount of time her husband was spending in the outhouse.

    What Mr Edison’s marriage hung by.

    Electric current
    Early attempts to fit dried fruit with a plug failed to produce much illumination.

    You have to be over 18 to buy a bulb.

    more at http://www.thebeginners.net

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