Democratic presidential contender Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersSunday shows preview: Coronavirus dominates as country struggles with delta variant Democrats urge Biden to commute sentences of 4K people on home confinement Briahna Joy Gray: Push toward major social spending amid pandemic was 'short-lived' MORE (I-Vt.) said he would move swiftly to reverse a decision from the Trump administration Tuesday that eliminated Obama-era efficiency standards for lightbulbs.
Asked by Anderson Cooper at the CNN climate town hall whether he would reverse the decision, Sanders responded with a long drawn out “Duh.”
Anderson Cooper: "The Trump administration announced plans to overturn requirements on energy-saving lightbulbs. ... Would you reinstate those requirements?"— CNN (@CNN) September 5, 2019
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The new rule unveiled by the Department of Energy would eliminate energy efficiency standards for about half the bulbs on the market, prompting a backlash from critics who say it will speed up global warming as the U.S. produces more energy to power inefficient bulbs.
“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.
Sanders home state of Vermont is one of several states that have passed laws to keep the older federal standards in place.