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CA Lawmaker Wants to Ban Light Bulbs to Slow Global Warming

A California lawmaker has a light bulb of an idea to cut energy use and slow down the march of global warming. Assembly member Lloyd Levine has introduced a bill that would require state residents to stop using incandescent light bulbs. He wants people to install compact florescent bulbs instead. Levine says the switch would save energy which would keep greenhouse gas emissions out of the air.     

Levine: It's almost 200 metric tons which is the approximate equivalent of 400,000 cars off of the road. It results in a more efficient product. You have less product being disposed of because you have one every ten years instead of seven every ten years.

Compact florescent bulbs typically use about a quarter of the energy to produce the same amount of light as an incandescent bulb.

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