$50 and/or intimidation, I'd guess they got 90% compliance in Pennsylvania, 50%+ in Texas (unless it was poor, backwoods Texas, in which case the bribe probably only needed to be $20 to get 90% compliance...)
I was just old enough to remember watching the last moon landing. In elementary school they had me believing I could be an astronaut when I grew up.
Oh, of course the continent has got it's nice spots, and we're looking for "small town" to raise the kids in. I was more concerned with the massive "desert effect" storms described as rolling through Melbourne area... we don't get much of that in Florida, though I think Florida has Darwin beat for tropical cyclone activity. We plan to drive the US southwest some day, but furthest I have been that way in my lifetime is San Antonio, barely scratching the surface of the dry area, mostly I have stayed East of Houston. I fly into Phoenix once, when they hadn't had rain for ~500 days, I didn't see the attraction... can say the same for LA east of the mountains.
When I was getting serious about visiting / emigrating, the drought hadn't broken in Brisbane yet, it kind of put a picture in my head.
The continent is a wasteland - of course the river valleys have an abundance of life, but if you would put a big lake up the valley some lung cat fish or another would go extinct and a hundred things would come to take its place in the huge new freshwater biome...
I'm not expecting rational action out of a democratically elected government, we've got the same problem here with nuclear reactors. Still, Brisbane needs to get those projects finished before the next drought hits. I was looking at potentially emigrating from Florida to maybe Adelaide, but proximity to that freakin' desert is scary - if we do move it will probably be to Whangarei or points north in NZ instead.
A lot of the hybrids in the US are non-plugin type, which mystifies me... except for the fact that their battery packs are so pitifully small that they only run a couple of miles on pure electricity - keeps the battery packs small, light and cheap, while still selling the hybrid concept to a premium paying market segment.
I have a Honda 2000 inverter generator, it runs all day on about a gallon, until you load it down, then it consumes fuel more quickly (unlike a traditional 3600RPM generator that uses a whole lot of fuel even with no load). The thing is, most people loading generators aren't anywhere near peak output 90+% of the time they are using them. Put that into an automotive application, and the 2KW output won't be enough to overcome wind resistance at 70mph - and it will be sucking down fuel as fast as it can.
Well, my observation was the (manufacturer self-reported) fuel consumption of a Lexus SUV hybrid, as it was being driven by the owner.
It was getting significantly improved in-town fuel economy, presumably from regenerative braking. Highway was roughly equivalent to a non-hybrid, maybe a little worse. I'd hate to be held to these numbers, but I remember something like 32mpg in town and more like 22 highway. Not stellar for an econobox, but respectable for something hauling 6 people plus gear.
There's also the "nanny factor" where the hybrids put all these gee-whiz numbers up on the dashboard showing you how efficient you are/aren't being - while their guzzler cousins hide all that and let you revel in the guilty pleasure of wide open throttle V-8 acceleration.
Red Herring - interesting choice of words - large fish are the ones paying the price for our dispersal of mercury into the environment - whether from bulbs, coal, or other sources.
German, perhaps? Land of the $1200 dishwasher? Y'all make some nice stuff, and I'm happy for you that you can afford it, Billy Bob over here would just sit in the dark before he'd spring $20 for a light bulb.
Also realizations like "I don't have the money to afford cheap stuff" occur only to few people.
Especially when it comes to food. Commodities like light bulbs are a close second.
I like the ammonia-salt adsorption systems... get hot in the day, make ice at night.
Politicians aren't thinking for you, they're thinking for your whole town/state/country.
In this case, I think they're making the right decision, for the country as a whole.
For me, personally, yeah, they're a bunch of meddling PITA jerks who are just restricting my freedom to choose. But, I sort of welcome the restriction, since it is also going to apply to my idiot neighbor (who had a blue tarp on his leaking roof for the last 18 months, incurring 3x the damage repair costs of taking care of it right away...)
If you're old enough to be senile within 23 years, hopefully you've lived long enough to take claims like "23 year lifespan" with a grain of salt, especially from products that didn't exist 5 years ago.
Hybrids really clean up on city driving efficiency.... not sure about TCO with those battery packs needing replacement every 5 years, but from one tank fill to the next, they're great.
I have faith, but I won't agree that the long life argument is valid until these bulbs have seen 5-10 years of actual service.
I've got a bunch of LEDs, and maybe it's a whiner complaint, but when they dim, their color temperature doesn't change.
Not a big issue, unless you're used to running your lights at a deep dim low temperature level. We've kind of gotten used to it now, but it's definitely different.
Oh, and don't even start on how inefficient it is to run incandescent lights at 25% power input, I know.