Perusing the deluge of overheated press releases from the CES conference a few weeks ago, one in particular, for Panasonic’s new line of EVOLTA batteries, got me thinking. And when I say “thinking,” I mean muttering curse words and shaking my fist. The release made a big deal about the fact that these new batteries last from 1.3 to 2 times as long as other alkaline batteries—which is to say, slightly less poisonous and wasteful, but not much. Whoopdee-flipping-doo.Now I’m going to make a sweeping pronouncement, a real doozy. Are you ready? Here goes: Disposable batteries, no matter how efficient, should be considered a controlled substance and, as such, should be sold under the same restrictions as, say, prescription drugs or guns.
Yes, you can leave your “Assault & Battery” jokes in the comments.
The guy has some decent ideas later in the article that could easily be worked into the free market by businesses such as Wal-Mart, Radio Shack, etc., to see if they’re workable. But this guy wants government mandates and fines.
What happened in these people’s childhoods that led them to believe that more government regulation is a good thing?
I’ve got $20 on “Drops on the head”.
You can leave your answers to that question in the comments as well.