President 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.
Trump is selling his decision to reverse an environmental regulation by telling his supporters they'll look better without it. https://t.co/ZC11PoJgeA
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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.”
Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) pledged to restore them at the federal level as president last week at a climate change town hall hosted by CNN.
“If you can get electricity from a light bulb that utilizes one-tenth of the power that an old incandescent light bulb uses, of course you’re going to do that. Of course, you’re going to encourage that technology,” Sanders said.