Energy-efficient traffic lights can’t melt snow – Yahoo! News

Energy-efficient traffic lights can’t melt snow – Yahoo! News

Oh the irony of it all…

Cities around the country that have installed energy-efficient traffic lights are discovering a hazardous downside: The bulbs don’t burn hot enough to melt snow and can become crusted over in a storm — a problem blamed for dozens of accidents and at least one death.

“I’ve never had to put up with this in the past,” said Duane Kassens, a driver from West Bend who got into a fender-bender recently because he couldn’t see the lights. “The police officer told me the new lights weren’t melting the snow. How is that safe?”

And in case there was any question, yes I do think energy efficiency is good. But there comes a point where you wonder why government policy sacrificed finding MORE energy (drilling or nuclear) at the expense of restricting usage (can only buy crappy energy saving lightbulbs).

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