Back in 2008 and 2009 when the country was all in a tizzy over moving off of the evil incandescent lightbulbs and moving us to use the compact fluorescent lightbulbs (CFLs) to the point that the government banned the manufacturing of certain incandescent bulbs after 2012*, GorT pitched the idea that let’s just wait a few years for the commercial industry to improve LED bulbs. But people were caught up in it, mocked for being “anti-green” and not caring about the environment**. This ban and push for CFLs was, like many other ideas from the left, short-sighted.
Slate reports that GE is phasing out making CFLs and it likely signals the beginning of the end of the CFL. Good riddance. The bulbs were never quite right. They were impractical for many home uses as the efficiency and duration couldn’t be achieved unless they remained on for extended periods of time. The disposal process (mandated by the EPA) was a complete hassle. And they were more expensive.
GorT, for the most part, kept with incandescent bulbs and is just now starting to make the switchover in his house to LED bulbs.
The moral of the story is: trust the Gormogons and yours truly – it’s hard to beat the prognostications of a time-traveling robot. (Cough, cough, Obamacare).
* the ban actually was staggered from 2012 to 2014 based on lumens
** The problem, of course, with bitching that non-CFL users are hurting the environment was the 40-step EPA-mandated disposal process, which in itself added additional plastic waste and processing.
GorT is an eight-foot-tall robot from the 51ˢᵗ Century who routinely time-travels to steal expensive technology from the future and return it to the past for retroinvention. The profits from this pay all the Gormogons’ bills, including subsidizing this website. Some of the products he has introduced from the future include oven mitts, the Guinness widget, Oxy-Clean, and Dr. Pepper. Due to his immense cybernetic brain, GorT is able to produce a post in 0.023 seconds and research it in even less time. Only ’Puter spends less time on research. GorT speaks entirely in zeros and ones, but occasionally throws in a ڭ to annoy the Volgi. He is a massive proponent of science, technology, and energy development, and enjoys nothing more than taking the Czar’s more interesting scientific theories, going into the past, publishing them as his own, and then returning to take credit for them. He is the only Gormogon who is capable of doing math. Possessed of incredible strength, he understands the awesome responsibility that follows and only uses it to hurt people.