President Trump railed against Obama-era energy-efficient light bulbs for nearly two-minutes on Thursday while speaking at a House GOP retreat in Baltimore, visiting the city just weeks after he repeatedly derided it and suggested that “no human being would want to live there.”
“The light bulb, people said, ‘What’s with the light bulb?’ I said, ‘here’s a story.’ And I looked at it – the bulb that we are being forced to use, number one, to me most importantly, the lights no good I always look orange,” Trump told the audience.
“And so do you,” he added. “The light is the worst. But number two, it’s many times more expensive than that old incandescent bulb that worked very well and very importantly, I don’t know if you know this, they have warnings.”
“If it breaks, It’s considered a hazardous waste site,” Trump claimed. “It’s gases inside. And read what they say. If it breaks, bring it to your local whatever. Have it wrapped. Have it this. What are we doing? What are we doing?”
He continued: “And I said to one of the top people today, ‘Well they break a lot, don’t they?’ ‘Yes sir!’ ‘What do they do?’ ‘They just throw them away, they don’t care.’ ”
“But they call it hazardous waste,” Trump said. “But it’s many times more expensive. And the light is not as good”
“I mean frankly. The light is not as good. So we’re gonna sell that but we’re also going to sell incandescent bulbs and people are so happy about it.”
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— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) September 13, 2019
Trump on Monday defended his administration’s move to roll back Obama-era energy efficiency standards for lightbulbs, telling his supporters that he “look[ed] better” under less-efficient bulbs.
“I’m not a vain person…But I look better under an incandescent light than these crazy lights that are beaming down,” Trump said during a rally in Fayetteville, N.C.
The Trump administration announced last week that it was rolling back energy-efficiency standards for household bulbs.
The rules, which environmental groups say would lower energy bills and reduce carbon emissions by millions of tonnes per year, were set to come into force in 2020.
The Department of Energy argues its action “will ensure that the choice of how to light homes and businesses is left to the American people, not the federal government.”