Just to piss Ross off, I acquired some CFL bulbs yesterday at Target and installed them. The light they emit looks, um, totally fine to me. Congressional action to ban incandescent bulbs does, however, strike me as at least somewhat unfortunate insofar as they've now made it inevitable that claiming to be able to detect a major difference between CFL light and traditional bulbs is now going to become a point of pride for conservatives across the country. Once again, the best thing to do would be to put a price and carbon and let people work out the best adjustments on their own rather than trying to mandate specific technological solutions.
Matthew Yglesias is a former writer and editor at The Atlantic.