On Air with IER: Episode 37

This week: Lots of roll backs. The Trump administration rolls back a rule that would have made light bulbs more efficient, and the EPA rolls back limits on methane, a greenhouse has 25 times more potent at trapping heat than carbon dioxide.
September 16, 2019


Welcome to Episode 37 of the IER Podcast hosted by Sophie Bird. This week's guest host: Enrique Saenz.


Energy Department Rolls Back Rule Requiring More Efficient Light Bulbs

By Enrique Saenz

In a move that could prevent households across the country from saving billions of dollars in energy costs, the Department of Energy finalized a rule that prevents Obama-era efficiency standards for lightbulbs from taking effect early next year.

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A roundup of recent climate and environmental related headlines from around the world.

  1. Bees found to consume microbial meat, making them omnivores
    Link for the first story.

  2. Plastics in sediment may mark new geological era
    Link for the second story.

  3. 310 miles of coral reef discovered in the Gulf of Mexico
    Link for the third story.


EPA Proposes Elimination of Rule Limiting Methane Emissions

By Enrique Saenz

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced it would roll back methane emissions rules and modify national performance standards for the oil and gas industry. A former Obama-era EPA official now based in Indiana says the consequences could significantly worsen the impact of climate change in the state.

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