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Energy efficient light bulb, appliance rules started with Ronald Reagan, could be cut under Donald Trump

Federal appliance efficiency standards began with legislation signed into law in 1987 by President Ronald Reagan. The standards were continued and strengthened by successive administrations through the Barack Obama administration. But Trump has issued an executive order demanding that two old regulations be eliminated for every new regulation promulgated by a federal agency. That could be a problem, said Tom Eckman, veteran energy efficiency expert with the Northwest Power and Conservation Council, based in Portland, Oregon.

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