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Comment: Re:Compact fluorescent bulbs contain Mercury (Score 1) 1106

by skizrule (#21807114) Attached to: US To Extinguish (Most) Incandescent Bulb Sales By 2012
While CFLs do contain trace amounts of mercury, the amount of mercury released into the atmosphere by power plants as a result of the greater power required to illuminate multiple incandescent bulbs at a significantly higher wattage over the life of a CFL is much higher than the mercury contained by the CFL AND the mercury released into the atmosphere during its operational life. Regardless of how you cut it, incandescents release more mercury into the environment than CFLs, even when incorrectly disposed.

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