I’ve pointed out many times how “environmentalists” in general have the brain capacity of your average turnip, but choose not to exercise it. Here’s a classic example:

The CFL mercury nightmare
According to an April 12 article in The Ellsworth American, Bridges had the misfortune of breaking a CFL during installation in her daughter’s bedroom: It dropped and shattered on the carpeted floor.

Aware that CFLs contain potentially hazardous substances, Bridges called her local Home Depot for advice. The store told her that the CFL contained mercury and that she should call the Poison Control hotline, which in turn directed her to the Maine Department of Environmental Protection.

A “CFL” isa “Compact Fluoroscent Lightbulb.” You know, the kind of light bulbs Al Gore is telling everyone to buy.

The story is sad enough. A simple example of how foolish it is to call the Government for help in cleaning up a broken light bulb because of the unreasoning fear that environmentalists have, successfully, put into many Americans.

I used to play with mercury. I had fun with it. When I was a kid you could find mercury in lots of places. Thermostats in particular had a nice-sized dollop of mercury in them. I once had a glass vial about the size of a typical pill bottle full of mercury I had collected over the years. Once in a while I would pull it out and play with it. It’s fascinating stuff, mercury. I can see why it was called “quicksilver” by the ancients. It’s almost magical.

Last I checked I didn’t die of mercury poisoning. In fact it is quite likely that for all the mercury fiddling around I did, I got more actual mercury into my system from my dozens of amalgam dental fillings I got when I was a kid. So if mercury were some deadly poison on the order of, say, plutonium, I’d be long dead by now. But so far my health has shown no ill effects from mercury poisoning. I am quite sure I am not the only kid in the 60s and 70s who found themselves playing around with mercury, and so far I’ve not seen any evidence that those of us who did have higher disease or death rates than those who, literally, never touched the stuff.

But the reason environmentalists are so stupid is because they have created this irrational mercury fear over the years in everything from fish to dental fillings. A classmate of mine once had every filling in his head removed and replaced to get rid of the mercury because he was convinced the mercury was to blame for his unwillingness to get up and get out of bed in the morning. Three years after the mercury was removed he was still coming in late for class. But the fear of mercury remains.

UNLESS Al Gore tells you to buy compact fluorescent light bulbs to save the world. Then mercury isn’t such a big deal. The idea of one “tainted” fish will send environmentalists into a frenzy, but now they are going out in droves and buying dozens or hundreds of mercury laced, fragile glass vials and, quite literally, placing them directly above the heads of their darling little environmentalists in training.

These very same people, had they been told by Al Gore NOT to buy these tainted light bulbs, would be marching on Wal-Mart demanding that they not sell these poisonous devices to unsuspecting Americans.

It’s really sad, in a way, how completely like sheep people can be.