Finland is thinking about banning the sale of incandescent light bulbs…
A bill presented before the Finnish parliament on Wednesday envisages a ban on the sale of incandescent light bulbs. [...]Under the terms of the bill, only energy-efficient lighting would be permitted after a three-year transition period ending in 2011.
Welfare Statists are always so quick ban things they don’t like. It’s a simple-minded solution to a complex issue that takes away our smallest freedoms without really educating the public about something as serious as the environment.
Here’s an interesting story (from “Made to Stick“) about how the authorities got companies and individuals off dangerous coconut oil without laws and bans… (mind you, US politicians are just as likely to throw a ban on something, and some local politicians recently have been successful at banning certain types of oils)
The CSPI (Center for Science in the Public Interest) sent bags of movie popcorn from a dozen theaters in three major cities to a lab for nutritional analysis. The results surprised everyone. The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) recommends that a normal diet contain no more than 20 grams of saturated fat each day. According to the lab results, the typical bag of popcorn had 37 grams.
The culprit was coconut oil, which theaters used to pop their popcorn. Coconut oil had some big advantages over other oils. It game the popcorn a nice, silky texture, and released a more pleasant and natural aroma than the alternative oils.
[...]CSPI called a press conference on September 27, 1992. Here’s the message it presented: “A medium-sized ‘butter’ popcorn at a typical neighborhood movie theater contains more artery-clogging fat than bacon-and-eggs breakfast, a Big Mac and fries for lunch, and a steak dinner with all the trimmings – combined!” The folks at CSPI didn’t neglect the visuals, they laid out the full buffet of greasy food for the television cameras. An entire day’s worth of unhealthy eating, displayed on the table. All that saturated fat – stuffed into a single bag of popcorn.
The story was an immediate sensation, featured on CBS, NBC, ABC and CNN. It made the front pages of USA Today, the Los Angeles Times, and The Washington Post’s Style section.
Moviegoers, repulsed by these findings, avoided popcorn in droves. Sales plunged. The service staff at movie houses grew accustomed to fielding questions about whether the popcorn was popped in the “bad oil. Soon after , most of the nation’s biggest theater chains – including United Artists, AMBC, and Loews – announced that they would stop using coconut oil.