Saturday, July 30, 2011

US Mercury Emissions, the Statists, and the DC Mind

This will be coming up in the next few months, so here are a few useful facts.

...total U.S. emissions of mercury amount to about one percent of total global emissions, with about 70 percent coming from Mother Nature. That means Mother Nature emits 140 times more mercury than U.S. power plants and the rest of mankind emits 55 times more mercury than U.S. power plants.

Moreover, there’s no evidence that typical levels of mercury in the ambient environment have harmed anybody ever.

However.......

The Statist DC "Mind" did mandate, de facto, that one import mercury into one's home in a very breakable container.

So. The Statists insist that you expose your children to poisoning, while insisting that no wild bird shall be harmed.

The DC "Mind" at work, again.


16 comments:

Jim said...

Mercury exposure from a broken CFL is equivalent to eating a can of tuna.

Get over it.

Dad29 said...

So you suggest (like EPA) that we wear hazmat suits when opening a can of tuna?

Jim said...

When did the EPA suggest that?

Dad29 said...

http://www.epa.gov/mercury/spills/#thermometer

There you go Jimbo.

That's for a lousy THERMOMETER.

You ought to have all the EPA materials posted in your kitchen, given your sympathy for Statism.

Anonymous said...

Ha,

Jim has been had.........

Jim get used to it!

Jim said...

Anonsense: I don't believe I've been had.

I'm pretty certain that the amount of exposure from the liquid mercury in a mercury thermometer is many many times greater than the small amount of mercury vapor in a broken CFL bulb. In fact, according to the EPA a typical CFL has about 4mg of mercury and a mercury thermometer has 500mg (125 times as much). An older home thermostat has 3000mg.

For a broken CFL, the EPA says:

If a CFL breaks in your home, open nearby windows to disperse any vapor that may escape, carefully sweep up the fragments (do not use your hands) and wipe the area with a disposable paper towel to remove all glass fragments. Do not use a vacuum. Place all fragments in a sealed plastic bag and follow disposal instructions above (same as batteries and other household hazardous waste).

Anonsense has been had. Get used to it.

Dad29 said...

open nearby windows to disperse any vapor that may escape

...Do not use a vacuum. Place all fragments in a sealed plastic bag and follow disposal instructions above


Oh, those are just "normal" cleanup instructions, eh?

Who are you? Felix Unger?

Jim said...

What would you do if you spilled Drano on your carpet?

Dad29 said...

Have the kids clean it up, of course.

John Foust said...

Dad29, I don't think you've explained your inspiration to become concerned with mercury poisoning. When did you change from not caring, to caring, and what evidence changed your mind?

Anonymous said...

John,

I don't think you've explained your inspiration to be a little annoying blog troll.

Time to make Mickey O'Leary look like child's play...

Anonymous said...

Anony 10:16 a.m.--projecting again, aina?

John Foust said...

No, no, no. When Anony posts about giving my kids AIDS, he's defending truth, justice and the American way.

Anonymous said...

Your child was warned about the risks of unprotected, receptive anal sex with older partners.

Anonymous said...

Seriously, seek mental health help, anony 1:37 p.m. You are not even acting humane or human!

John Foust said...

Surely Dad29 will remove his comment. Anony seems to enjoy giving him something to do.