I loved the article and support used to back up your views. I totally agree with you on these CFL's being more hype than value.
If you consider the energy and mercury released to produce them plus the coal and mercury used to generate enough energy to melt the glass down, plus the mercury released in actually melting them down plus energy to use them, costs to clean the air and landfills plus the cost of health care for those who work closely in the production and destruction of the bulbs minus the energy savings of using them and it becomes an expense to Americans not a savings.
Then of course there are the effects these things have on our health. Several world health authorities advise to not be closer than 12 inches to a CFL bulb for more than 1 hour. Making them perfect for business use but not residential use.
What happens when cities using CFLs for street lights and lighting hits them or a car knocks the pole over or get broken during maintainence? The street will be closed for hours so HAZMAT can clean it up? What happens when a natural disaster occurs and these bulbs break in flood waters or tornados?