Anti-immigration PVV MP Machiel de Graaf wants the EU ban on traditional light bulbs lifted, saying the ban is a green-socialist argument for removing people’s freedom.
The last of the traditional light bulbs, the 40-watt, were banned by the EU from September 2012, following earlier phasing out of the 100W and 60W versions.
De Graaf says the replacement energy saving bulbs are also bad for the environment, reports the Telegraaf. The mercury contained in them escapes into the environment when they are destroyed, cancelling out any positive effects.
‘People also miss the warmth of the traditional bulbs,’ he says.
The MP will ask environment minister Melanie Schultz van Haegen to argue strongly in Brussels for the return of the banned bulbs.
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