Yesterday at a White House press conference, President Barack Obama had a bright idea:
I know light bulbs may not seem sexy, but this simple action [a focus on making lamps and other lighting fixtures more energy-efficient] holds enormous promise because 7 percent of all the energy consumed in America is used to light our homes and businesses.
Obama’s aggressive, CLF-centric plan to reduce emissions, create new jobs and save money comes just a couple of days after the Waxman-Markey ACES Bill passed the House. The bill, the first comprehensive piece of legislation that focuses on regulating greenhouse gases emissions, is a big deal but some environmental groups like Greenpeace, as tech blogger Karl Burkart points out, are unsatisfied.
Obama goes on in his speech to say:
Between 2012 and 2042, these new standards will save consumers up to $4 billion a year, conserve enough electricity to power every home in America for 10 months, reduce emissions equal to the amount produced by a 166,000, 000 cars each year, and eliminate the need for as many as 14 coal-fired power plants.
Via [HuffPo Green]