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Energy Department to prolong the lives of incandescent light bulbs (Cld cost 14 billion)

Washington Post
By Steven Mufson
September 4 at 4:26 PM

The Trump administration on Wednesday rolled back yet another Obama-era regulation. This time the Energy Department issued two final rules that will prolong the life of certain old-fashioned — and energy-intensive — incandescent lightbulbs invented by Thomas Edison 140 years ago. The bulbs would otherwise have been effectively phased out by Jan. 1.

The rollback will mean $14 billion a year in higher energy costs and add to the nation’s greenhouse gas emissions, according to a study by the Appliance Standards Awareness Project and the American Council for an Energy Efficient Economy.

The Energy Department said phasing out the bulbs would be “a lose-lose for consumers” because of the higher cost of more efficient bulbs. And it said it would be “regulating these lightbulbs out of existence.”

...Saving energy used by lightbulbs was a goal set by Congress in 2007 when it adopted bipartisan legislation later signed by President George W. Bush. The law set high efficiency standards for lightbulbs, effectively moving the country toward more efficient compact fluorescent and LED bulbs.


Posted by bronxiteforever | Wed Sep 4, 2019, 04:37 PM (7 replies)

Mike Pence backs Boris Johnson over Brexit in awkward Dublin visit

The Guardian
US vice-president urges taoiseach and EU to negotiate with UK ‘in good faith’
Lisa O'Carroll Brexit correspondent
Published: 10:31 Tuesday, 03 September 2019

The US vice-president and the taoiseach have clashed over Brexit, with Mike Pence urging Leo Varadkar and the EU to work with Boris Johnson to protect the “United Kingdom’s sovereignty” and limit trade chaos.

Pence also asked Varadkar to support the US in its quest for a new trade deal with the EU.

Pence made the intervention in the Brexit crisis during a two-day visit to Ireland, where his grandfather was born. In an uncomfortable press conference following a meeting in Dublin, he indicated his full support for Johnson over Brexit.

“Let me be clear: the US supports the UK decision to leave the EU in Brexit,” he told Varadkar in a prepared statement. “But we also recognise the unique challenges on your northern border. “And I can assure you we will continue to encourage the United Kingdom and Ireland to ensure that any Brexit respects the Good Friday agreement.”


Oh I am sure tangerine Caligula will support a peace deal brokered by the Clinton administration.
Posted by bronxiteforever | Tue Sep 3, 2019, 02:45 PM (5 replies)

As Dorian loomed, Disney left staff on its Bahamian island. Cruise line says they're safe

Miami Herald

A crew of Disney Cruise Line workers rode out the most powerful hurricane to hit the Northwest Bahamas on a private island the company calls Castaway Cay.

The company, responding to social media questions raised by the sister of one staffer, insisted that its employees were safe in a strong hurricane shelter as the eye of the 185 mile per hour hurricane passed just to the north.

“My sister is stuck in the middle of a Cat 5 hurricane. We were told they would evacuate and they didn’t. Left them behind!! Why??,” Meg Green posted on Twitter. In another tweet, she wrote: “Remember that time [Disney Cruises] left 97 employees on a tiny island in a Catagory 5 hurricane? I do.”

...A spokesperson for Disney confirmed the company evacuated all its guests but said that there was no need send away its staffers because they had a hurricane shelter on the property built to withstand Category 4 conditions and that the eye of the storm was forecast to pass well to the north, sparing the island of Dorian’s strongest winds.

More here

Posted by bronxiteforever | Sun Sep 1, 2019, 10:14 PM (8 replies)

Florida's Small Cities Struggle To Defend Themselves From Rising Seas

September 1, 2019 at 8:15 am
CNN via CBS4


Richard Wiles, the executive director of the Center for Climate Integrity, an advocacy group that calls for fossil fuel companies to pay for costs related to the climate crisis...recently released a study estimating how much it would cost to build basic structures such as seawalls to protect 22 states and the District of Columbia against sea level rise expected by 2040.

The cost? More than $400 billion. That’s more than six times the 2019 requested budget for the US Department of Education.

They found that Florida is by far the most expensive state to protect, with more than $75 billion in climate costs identified, nearly double the next most expensive state — Louisiana.

...Jayantha Obeysekera, director of Florida International University’s Sea Level Solutions Center...With sea levels projected to rise as much as six feet by 2100, Obeysekera says there could come a time when no amount of walls or pumps can keep the water from rising through the ground.


Posted by bronxiteforever | Sun Sep 1, 2019, 09:03 AM (5 replies)
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