Green’s Mercury Conundrum November 14, 2009Posted by honestclimate in Discussions.
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Green’s Mercury Conundrum
The Daily Bayonet, November 12, 2009
The New York Time’s Wheels section notes how pressure from Green groups forced General Motors to pay its dues to a project called End of Life Vehicle Solutions Corporation (ELVS). The concern was that mercury switches from GM vehicles may be improperly disposed of:
As long as the switches remain in place, they’re unlikely to present a health danger, but when cars are crushed at the end of their life, the mercury in the switches can be released. The Environmental Protection Agency says, “Mercury exposure at high levels can harm the brain, heart, kidneys, lungs and immune system of people of all ages.”
ELVS is an initiative created by automakers to deal with legacy product issues that could be a threat to public safety or the environment, or both. The issue here is not that post-bankruptcy GM tried to disassociate itself from ELVS, but that Green groups considered the danger of mercury disposal enough of a problem to pressure GM to live up to its commitment.
So far, so good. Or is it?
As the Green lobby insists mercury from old switches is dangerous enough to require special handling, the governments of the UK, the European Union, Canada, The USA, Australia and New Zealand and more bowed to Green pressure to legislate the end of incandescent light bulbs in favor of mercury-laden compact flourescent lamps (CFL’s).
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