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Elizabeth Warren Nails Why We’re Having Arguments About Straws And Lightbulbs

September 5, 2019

By Nick Visser : huffpost – excerpt

The senator and 2020 presidential candidate said debates about plastic straws and cheeseburgers were “exactly what the fossil fuel industry” wanted.

Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) urged Americans not to get distracted by climate arguments over plastic straws and lightbulbs, saying Wednesday that just one group benefits from such outrage campaigns: the fossil fuel industry.

“Oh, come on, give me a break,” Warren, a 2020 Democratic presidential candidate, said during CNN’s Town Hall forum on climate change. “Look, there are a lot of ways that we try to change our energy consumption and our pollution, and God bless all of those ways. Some of it is with lightbulbs, some of it is on straws, some of it, dang, is on cheeseburgers.”.

“But understand,” she continued, “this is exactly what the fossil fuel industry hopes we’re all talking about.”.

“That’s what they want us to talk about,” Warren said, before noting that, in her estimation, the fossil fuel industry wanted to cast the climate fight as “your problem.” She continued: “They want to be able to stir up a lot of controversy around your lightbulbs, around your straws and around your cheeseburgers, when 70% of the pollution, of the carbon that we’re throwing into the air, comes from three industries.”

The industries Warren mentioned are the oil industry, the electric power industry and the building industry, according to The New York Times.…

The question came after the Trump administration announced Wednesday that it would weaken federal rules that mandate Americans use more energy-efficient lightbulbs(more)

Could not agree with her more on where the fight lies. Trump thinks there are still companies pumping out incandescent bulbs? Most transitioned out of that years ago, due to customer demand for other options. Many industries cleaned themselves up without any government mandate and those are doing fine now.

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