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Biden blocks sales of inefficient lightbulbs, reversing Trump policy


U.S. Vice President Joe Biden addresses Earth Day in Seattle (Washington) on April 22, 2022.

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Tuesday saw the Biden administration announce new energy efficiency regulations. These will eliminate old-fashioned, incandescent lightbulbs. The move will lower electricity usage and reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

Energy Department regulations, which are a reverse of Trump Administration policy, will prohibit light bulbs producing less that 45 lumens per Watt and increase energy efficiency standards. various types of general service lamps.

According to the department, consumers will be able to save $3 billion annually on their utility bills by using these new standards. These rules will prevent the emission of 222 million tonnes of carbon dioxide, which is a major contributor to global warming. They are also expected to reduce emissions by 45% over the next 30 year. It’s equivalent to the emissions of 48 million cars each year.

Inandescent bulbs are well-known glass tubes with glowing wire centers that have been replaced by more efficient alternatives over the years. More climate-friendly alternatives include LED bulbsThese bulbs look similar to traditional incandescent bulbs but consume one-fifth of the energy.

These new regulations by the Administration will ultimately eliminate most incandescent or halogen bulbs currently on the marketplace.

“By raising energy efficiency standards for lightbulbs, we’re putting $3 billion back in the pockets of American consumers and substantially reducing domestic carbon emissions,” Secretary of Energy Jennifer M. Granholm said in a statement.

Granholm explained that “the lighting industry has already adopted more energy-efficient products. This measure will accelerate progress and deliver the best products for American consumers, as well as build a better future.”

Donald Trump as a former president rolled back requirements for more energy-efficient lightbulbsThe industry groups argued that these standards weren’t economically justifiable. Industries groups supported this decision. They argued that the standards, which required consumers to select more efficient alternatives to their own choices, would compromise jobs and reduce consumers’ choice.

Joe Vukovich of the Natural Resources Defense Council is an energy efficiency advocate. He said that the “brilliant news,” which announced new efficiency standards for light bulbs, was good news for both consumers and the environment.

Vukovich released a statement saying that it was long past time to eliminate inefficient and old-fashioned bulbs. This progress had been delayed illegally by Trump for over two years.

After publication in Federal Register, the new efficiency standard becomes effective within 75 days. The Energy Department will however continue to be involved. said it will allow companiesNon-compliant bulbs can be imported until January 2023. Retailers may then continue selling them until July 20,23.

Steven Nadel of the American Council for an energy-efficient Economy stated that “LEDs have become such an affordable that it’s impossible for manufacturers to sell 19th-century technology which isn’t very effective at turning electricity into light.”

Nadel stated that these standards would finally eliminate energy-wasting bulbs in the country.

Biden’s administration committed to creating a net zero emissions electricity sector by 2030. It also plans to implement 100 energy efficiency actions in the coming year.