Temperatures may not be going up much due to global warming, with the northern hemisphere shivering through yet another extremely cold winter, but there is definitely one thing very much on the up thanks to global warming.
The cost of light bulbs.
Everyone needs light bulbs of course, especially the elderly, the sick and the partially sighted. Cheap and effective lighting is one of the major necessities of modern life. So, in the current recession, it’s unwelcome news to hear that the cost of light bulbs could triple in the UK and Europe thanks to global warming legislation, as the Daily Mail reports:
The price of energy saving light bulbs will treble as the final supplies of traditional light bulbs dry up, industry experts have warned.
Retailers also claim bulbs that currently cost only 33p are expected to sell for more than £1 within three months. Some will cost £3 or more [approx. $6 US].
Ker-ching! But why now? During the phase-in period the EU forced energy companies to subsidize the new ‘eco-bulbs’ to avoid negative publicity as well as stock-piling of traditional light-bulbs by people as they realized what the new bulbs would cost:
Under the Carbon Emissions Reduction Target, big energy suppliers subsidised eco-bulbs. But from March companies will be forced to spend the money on helping consumers improve loft and wall insulation.
Now that the subsidy is coming to an end, prices for one of life’s basic essentials are expected to soar, thanks to the Carbon Emissions Reduction Target, or “CERT” as it’s known. Thanks to global warming legislation, sky-rocketing costs for basic items also seem to be a dead “cert”.
Anyone even remotely surprised by this?