Trump Admin. Set To Block Bush-Era Rule On Energy-Efficient Light Bulbs
President Donald Trump has complained several times that energy-efficient light bulbs make him look orange — and now he is poised to do something about it.
According to Axios, the Trump administration said Friday that it will move to block a George W. Bush-era rule that would have mandated the use of energy-efficient general purpose light bulbs.
The rule was passed via legislation in 2007 and would have taken effect on January 1, 2020, requiring the majority of light bulbs sold in the U.S. to be LED or fluorescent.
Energy Secretary Dan Brouillette said the rollback looks “to protect consumer choice by ensuring that the American people do not pay the price for unnecessary overregulation from the federal government.”
Brouillette also said the rule is unnecessary because innovation in the area of lighting is already "increasing the efficiency and affordability of light bulbs without federal government intervention.”
The New York Times reported that the Natural Resources Defense Council estimates the move could cost Americans an extra $14 billion on energy bills each year, though several states have passed their own standards fashioned after the Bush-era rule.