Hot Air’s headlines linked a Washington Post piece today on the closing of the last US manufacturing plant for the humble incandescent light bulb. The article’s focus is on the “irony” of US engineers having come up with the compact-fluorescent lightbulb (CFL), as well as the way to manufacture it efficiently, but the actual manufacturing jobs – which are labor-intensive – having migrated overseas.
Of course, only if you’re a Washington Post writer does it seem ironic to you that manufacturers move their plants to where taxes are lower and all employer costs cheaper. But the article has other unintended ironies – or, at least, fatuous and utterly unexamined statements. The most important one occurs in paragraph 6, near the beginning, and it comes in for critical scrutiny not at all. In fact, it’s expressed in vague, impressionistic terms that ought to get a journalist horsewhipped by a serious editor. Here’s what WaPo tells us about the US decision to force the phase-out of the incandescent bulb: Continue reading “The Stupidity of Politics: Green Fables, Jobs, and the Incandescent Bulb”