Conservation

Trump administration voids requirements phasing out inefficient lightbulbs

A display of compact fluorescent light bulbs is seen at the City Lights Light Bulb Store.
Compact fluorescent lightbulbs. Photo: Justin Sullivan/Getty Images

The Department of Energy on Wednesday unveiled new rules that annul Bush-era requirements on energy-saving lightbulbs slated to go into effect on Jan. 1, 2020, according to the New York Times.

Why it matters: The new rules could make less-efficient bulbs for certain fixtures more common, potentially contributing to man-made climate change by increasing greenhouse gas emissions. Politically, it's part of the Trump administration's broader efforts to roll back climate and other environmental regulations, such as those governing methane and auto emissions. A bipartisan Congress approved the policy to phase out less-efficient bulbs under Republican President George W. Bush in 2007.

Julián Castro releases animal welfare plan seeking to undo Trump's rollbacks

 Democratic presidential candidate Julian Castro speaks on stage during Young Leaders Conference 2019
Democratic presidential candidate Julián Castro speaks at the Young Leaders Conference 2019 in Georgia on Aug. 16. Photo: Paras Griffin/WireImage

Democratic presidential candidate Julián Castro announced Monday a comprehensive animal welfare plan that would seek to strengthen the Endangered Species Act, which has just been weakened by President Trump's administration.

Why it matters: Castro is the first 2020 Democratic presidential candidate to release a plan for animal welfare with his "PAW Plan" (Protecting Animals and Wildlife.").