Proposed repeal of lighting efficiency standards a huge blow to the planet’s health

Boston February 28, 2019 – The U.S. Department of Energy is holding a public meeting today on its plan to revoke Obama-era rules that required higher energy efficiency standards for lighting. The regulations, which had been scheduled to take effect in January 2020, would have saved twice as much energy as any other efficiency regulation in history. The light bulb standard rollback would result in an additional 34 million metric tons of climate-altering carbon dioxide by 2025.

Environment America’s Clean Energy Associate Allie Astor issued the following statement:

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“The Trump Administration’s short-sighted and backward-thinking rollback of these energy saving standards for light bulbs is terrible for the environment. These rules would have eliminated as much pollution as taking 7 million cars off the road. By revoking these important energy saving regulations, we’re ignoring the pervasive threats of climate change and environmental degradation caused by our wasteful energy practices. The DOE may be offering a public hearing, but they need to make sure they are listening to all the voices who are against this rollback plan.”

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