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California Moves to Curb TV Energy Consumption

January 29, 2009 02:02 PM
by Sarah Amandolare
California, which consistently leads the nation in environmental legislation, is moving ahead with legislation that would limit energy consumed by TVs.

Cleaning Up the West Coast

California has long been a leader in pushing for environmental legislation among U.S. states. The latest effort by California legislators would limit the amount of energy consumed by TVs, which continue growing “in size and numbers,” according to Reuters. California’s rules “are likely to become the new industry standard for manufacturers everywhere” because of the state’s huge consumer base.

California’s move comes less than a month after the European Union moved to ban energy inefficient plasma screen televisions as part of a larger effort to increase homes energy efficiency.

In December, the eco-friendly West Coast state also “adopted the nation’s first comprehensive plan to slash greenhouse gases” by 15 percent by 2021, and suggested that President Barack Obama use the plan as a national model. According to the Los Angeles Times, Congress will likely “renew its efforts to craft climate legislation” this year.

Related Topic: The emissions battle

The New York Times reports that California has teamed with 13 other states to strictly limit auto emissions, and that President Obama has “directed federal regulators … to move swiftly” on the application. The legislation would reverse much of the Bush administration's environmental policy and require that manufacturers produce cleaner cars and trucks, but “auto companies have lobbied hard against the regulations.”

Opinion & Analysis: California a green leader

An editorial in the Sacramento Bee discussed California’s leading role in cutting greenhouse gas emissions. “In responding to the threat of climate change, California has been far ahead of the federal government. It’s an exciting and worrisome place to be,” the article says. Furthermore, California’s policies “are being closely studied by other states and countries, and they could well become a template for the new president and his environmental advisers.”

Reference: Buying and recycling your TV


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