(CNN) – The energy sector is moving forward to reduce the Trump-era regime Standards of performance in water use in rainfall, A government official told CNN on Friday.
The Trump era of shower heads targeted a maximum flow rate of 9.5 liters per minute set by Congress in the 1990s. During the Obama administration, every shower in a facility collectively had that limit, but then-President Donald Trump’s energy department allowed each showerhead to reach 9.5 liters per minute individually.
The new plan of the presidential government Joe Biden It will return to the standards set by the Obama administration. The proposed action will be published in the Federal Register, after which there will be a 60-day period for public comment.
The proposed withdrawal was first announced by the Associated Press.
Storage with these standards for shower heads
“These water performance standards have saved Americans money as well as water and energy,” Biden executive CNN said.
By 2020, these standards will save consumers $ 111 billion in electricity and water bills, the official said. They have generated more than 5 billion gigajoules of energy and more than 1.5 million kiloliters of storage.
That water storage would rain 107.5 billion, which would draw an average of 150 liters, the official said, equating to 63% of the water in Sampline Lake.
The Trump-era reviews, finalized in December 2020, were harshly criticized by environmental lawyers and various consumer groups at the time, calling them futile and unnecessary.
Andrew Telaski, executive director of the Appliance Standards Awareness Program, said in a statement at the time that “changing the rules to address an issue that is bothering President Trump is just fun.”
Regulatory Changes “Products that waste energy and water unnecessarily are ridiculous and not gradual with climate crisis” Drought Facing most of the country. “
Trump’s complaints about rain water and ‘perfect’ hair
Trump spoke publicly about how much he didn’t like bad water flow, and regretted that it interfered with his search for “perfect” hair.
“So, shower in the shower … you bathe, the water doesn’t come out. You wash your hands, the water doesn’t come out. So what do you do? Do you stay there for a long time or take a long shower? Because my hair, I don’t know about you, but. (Mine) has to be right. Right, “Trump said last year.
Trump also said Americans cleaned toilets “10 times, 15 times instead of once.”
In addition to the shower head rule, in December 2020 the Department of Energy installed different product types for residential washers and dryers that meet rotation within 30 minutes and meet low performance standards.
Those actions are recent examples of how Trump’s energy sector has targeted utility standards and removed environmental regulations.
Trump’s Energy Secretary Dan Brulette said in a statement that when the changes are finalized, management will reaffirm its commitment to “reducing regulatory burdens and protecting consumer choice.”
The report was co-authored by CNN’s Liz Stark and Betsy Klein.