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Conservatives less likely to buy eco-friendly lightbulbs

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http://grist.org/climate-energy/why-do-conservatives-like-to-waste-energy/

A study out Monday in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences examined attitudes about energy efficiency in liberals and conservatives, and found that promoting energy-efficient products and services on the basis of their environmental benefits actually turned conservatives off from picking them. The researchers first quizzed participants on how much they value various benefits of energy efficiency, including reducing carbon emissions, reducing foreign oil dependence, and reducing how much consumers pay for energy; cutting emissions appealed to conservatives the least.

The study then presented participants with a real-world choice: With a fixed amount of money in their wallet, respondents had to “buy” either an old-school lightbulb or an efficient compact florescent bulb (CFL), the same kind Bachmann railed against. Both bulbs were labeled with basic hard data on their energy use, but without a translation of that into climate pros and cons. When the bulbs cost the same, and even when the CFL cost more, conservatives and liberals were equally likely to buy the efficient bulb. But slap a message on the CFL’s packaging that says “Protect the Environment,” and “we saw a significant drop-off in more politically moderates and conservatives choosing that option,” said study author Dena Gromet, a researcher at the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School of Business.

What a bunch of fuging assholes :)

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the republicans need teddy roosevelt back. hell even nixon was a conservationist to an extent, NHPA in 1966 was huge

 

now they are the party of waste and exploitation and unfettered greed, yay america

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They are much more expensive, and in my experience, don't last as long.

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I started switching to LED last year. All are still going strong. Have noticed a dip in energy costs. CFL won't be around much longer once LED becomes more reasonable. No worries about the mercury inside them and the kids either.

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the republicans need teddy roosevelt back. hell even nixon was a conservationist to an extent, NHPA in 1966 was huge

now they are the party of waste and exploitation and unfettered greed, yay america

Teddy would be run out of the Republican party even quicker than he was back in the day.

No room for tree huggers or enemies of the job creators.

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As much as they beat off to the memory of Reagan, he would not last in today's republican party either.

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I thought most conservatives were farmers or bee keepers therefore they rise with the sun and go to sleep at dusk.

Less nergy consumption and eat grass fed beef.

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I don't think the Amish vote.

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I started switching to LED last year. All are still going strong. Have noticed a dip in energy costs. CFL won't be around much longer once LED becomes more reasonable. No worries about the mercury inside them and the kids either.

 

ditto.  I only had to break one CFL and have to try to clean it up to convince me to make the switch. 

 

I'm about 80% LED.

 

LED is just better technology than CFL anyway.  Their longevity is consistent with what their labeling says and they don't dim noticeably over time.

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If God wanted us to use LEDs he would not have given Edison the idea for the carbon monofilament in his dreams.

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It's because maybe some of us look at that packaging and laugh when CFLs packaging tells you it contains mercury.

 

http://www.ecy.wa.gov/mercury/mercury_light_bulbs.html

 

It's like the whole Ben and Jerry's dioxin controversy in the late 90s.  Ben and Jerry's preaching their "Eco-pint" packaging while the entire time having dioxin levels 2000 times what was allowed in treated drinking water. 

 

Want to make a difference?  Buy LED. But I'm not ready to completely outfit my entire house with LED.  Can't afford it as some incandescents have lasted years.  And for a while the LEDs threw off a shade of light I didn't particularly care for.  They have vastly improved, and I will be replacing some from time to time but I'm in no hurry. 

 

I also have some CFLs too.  Does the CFL with the "uber planet-saving" garb have an Hg on the box?

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