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To the Editor:
Re: “White House to Relax Energy Efficiency Rules for Lightbulbs” Published Sep 4
As a student who studies the earth sciences and climatology, I was disgusted to read that the Trump Administration means to set back the entire world in a losing war to human waste and pollution by implementing a decades old approach of light sources, the incandescent bulb. Our planet is currently fighting one of its largest battles in the last 65 million years. As a singular species, we have pushed our world into the sixth mass extinction event in all recorded life ever. Every effort to be done to counteract this event should be taken no matter how miniscule it may seem. The Trump administration, however, is handling this crisis as poorly as I hope we will ever see.
This recent publication mentions how they are taking more actions as simple as using more efficient light bulbs and getting rid of them for cheaper, more environmentally acrimonious light bulbs. Legislation has been set for years dating back before the Obama administration to lessen the use of bulbs such as the over-a-century year old incandescents. If lights were all replaced with the more energy efficient LEDs, it would equate to the use of “25 large power plants, enough to power all homes in New Jersey and Pennsylvania”.
As a child growing up I always looked up to the president and the White House as our country’s leaders. If we cannot start here in introducing cleaner energy, where will that bring us in the future? As a society, regardless as to what the Trump Administration does to weaken environmental policies, we must do all we can to protect the world around us, not only for our lives, but of our children and grandchildren. In the following election I hope we all can make the right decision and pick a leader who will help save what is left to save here on Planet Earth.