It’s one of the simplest, easiest, and cheapest ways to dramatically reduce your electricity bill and climate impact: convert your old incandescent lights to energy-efficient LED bulbs.
A major market shift for LEDs has brought about a revolution in energy efficiency in the United States and around the world. But in a new paper, I discover how older incandescent bulbs live, notably at lower end retailers such as dollar stores. That means some of the poorest households continue to miss out on opportunities to benefit from newer technology, experts say.
Lighting accounts for up to one-fifth of the average American household’s electricity bill, and lower-income households have spent a disproportionate share of their income on utilities.
Behind the sustained wattage of these older bulbs is an attempt by major manufacturers to delay energy efficiency standards, allowing them to prolong profits from a dying industry.
Why is it important: Older light bulbs are slowing the overall increase in US energy efficiency. About 30% of standard bulbs sold in the country by 2020 are inefficient incandescent or halogen bulbs. (That figure doesn’t include California, which has phased out most of its inefficient light bulbs.) In the European Union, second-hand light bulbs are barely sold.
From the Opinion section: Russia and the climate
President Vladimir V. Putin has something bigger to worry about at home than anything happening in Ukraine, Thomas L. Friedman wrote.
The battle for rooftop solar in California
There is a fierce battle in California over solar power.
The controversy is about who will build the green energy economy and generate billions of dollars in profits. On one side are smaller companies that install household solar panels and batteries. On the other are major utilities and their labor unions.
For years, utilities and unions have lobbied regulators to rein in the rooftop solar business. Now, that effort is on track to succeed. State regulators plan to vote in the next few weeks on a proposal that could reduce the growth of rooftop solar in the state and force Californians to become more dependent on installations large-scale electricity installation, including solar and wind farms and long-distance transmission. lines are operated by major utility companies.
Energy experts say the war could not have come at a worse time. To find out why, you can Read my post here.
Why is it important: The question is whether California can meet its goal of 100% clean energy by 2045.
Related: ONE Wildfire breaks out in California over the weekend seemed to stun even those familiar with the state’s ongoing drought and its seemingly endless fire season.
We will never forget you, A68a
All icebergs eventually melt and break apart, and the Antarctic berg known as A68a is no exception. It broke the Larsen C ice shelf into the Weddell Sea in 2017, after drifting and melting for more than a thousand miles, disintegrating about a year ago near the island of South Georgia.
So no big deal. Except that the A68a is a big iceberg. About the size of Delaware, for a brief moment of freezing, it was the largest berg in the world and the sixth largest ever seen. So when it melted, a lot of water was released into the ocean — about 150 billion tons near South Georgia alone, the researchers estimate.
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Such a huge volume of fresh water does not necessarily mix immediately. It is less dense, so it may be in a layer above saltier seawater. That could affect the health and diversity of phytoplankton and other small organisms at the bottom of the food web in the region. Near the top of that food web are penguins and seals, and millions of them call South Georgia home. So as I wrote in an article this weekscientists are studying whether the collapse of water A68a will affect the ecosystem around the island.
Interesting facts about icebergs: Why do icebergs in Antarctica have such mundane names? All the big ones tracked are named after a convention established by the US National Ice Center. So A68a was created in the “A” quadrant of the continent, it was the 68th “A” species large enough to be tracked, and when a small berg split from it, it became A68a and its young. than becomes A68b .
President Biden’s $2.2 trillion Rebuild Better spending bill stalled. But a growing number of Democrats in Congress want to go ahead with the climate portion of the package, and they say they believe they can muster enough votes to overcome Republican opposition.
The far-reaching climate change and social policy bill passed the House of Representatives, but it ran into trouble last month when Senator Joe Manchin III, a West Virginia Democrat, said he oppose it. That, coupled with the fact that all Republicans on the panel opposed the package, effectively halted the action.
But Mr Manchin has suggested he might support different climate provisions in the law, prompting some Democrats to say the party should regroup around a climate bill.
Mr. Biden endorsed the strategy during a press conference last week, saying he was “confident we can get pieces, big chunks” of the bill passed. “I talked to some of my colleagues on the Hill,” Biden said. “I think it’s clear that we can get $500 billion in additional support for energy and the environment.”
As I wrote to colleague Lisa Friedman on my climate teamThat strategy, though, which means giving up other elements of the plan, like lower costs for prescription drugs, comes with some major political risks for Democrats.
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