What’s not to like about energy efficiency? It saves consumers money, supports millions of jobs, encourages businesses to innovate, and benefits the environment. In fact, becoming more energy efficient is the cheapest and fastest way to cut energy bills and carbon pollution.
Yet while energy efficiency—also known as optimizing our energy use or not wasting energy—is one of America’s most successful energy policies, it faces an unprecedented threat from President Trump and some fellow Republicans in Congress.
True, any policies that smack of “clean” (air, water, energy) are under threat in the Trump era. What makes the multi-front assault on energy efficiency surprising is that it could dismantle programs—such as ENERGY STAR®—that have long enjoyed support not only from both sides of the aisle, but also the private sector and the public at large. More than three-quarters of Trump supporters expressed support in a 2016 post-election survey for policies that require manufacturers to make appliances and equipment more energy efficient.
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