Trump freezes Obama-era energy rules

Trump freezes Obama-era energy rules
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President Trump’s regulatory moratorium expires Tuesday, but not before the administration delayed a half-dozen Obama-era energy standards.

The Department of Energy (DOE) said Monday it is postponing five efficiency rules, including test procedures for walk-in coolers and freezers, central air conditioners, heat pumps and compressors. The agency is also delaying energy conservation standards for ceiling fans and construction standards for federal buildings.

The Transportation Department’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) also chimed in Monday delaying new sound requirements for hybrid and electric vehicles.

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These efficiency standards played a key role in President Obama’s climate agenda, but Trump has put their future in jeopardy.

Most of these rules will be delayed until May, June or July, but the ceiling fan and construction standards won’t go into effect until September. 

The delays will give the Trump administration more time to potentially roll back the rules.