Biden reverses Trump-era showerhead rule that sought to increase water flow

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  • The Biden administration will reverse a Trump-era rule on showerhead water flow.
  • Last December, the Trump administration reversed an Obama-era rule on the issue.
  • Since 1992, federal law has stipulated that showerheads should not put out more than 2.5 gallons of water per minute.
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The Biden administration is set to reverse a Trump-era rule that would have loosened restrictions on the water flow from showerheads, an issue that generated complaints from the former president during his tenure in office, according to The Associated Press.

The Energy Department is returning to the standard that was approved in 2013, noting that most showerheads already provide an ample amount of water for a thorough wash.

Most commercial showerheads are already aligned with the 2013 rule, so the policy change will have little impact among consumers.

Showerheads that could generate the additional supply of water that former President Donald Trump sought are not widely available, Energy officials said.

Since 1992, federal law has stipulated that showerheads should not put out more than 2.5 gallons of water per minute.

However, as newer showerheads were introduced into the market, the administration of former President Barack Obama modified the restrictions to reflect the total amount of water that came out of any nozzles. If a showerhead had three nozzles, for example, no more than 2.5 gallons of water total could be released from all three nozzles per minute.

The Trump rule, which was instituted last December, allowed for each nozzle to release a maximum of 2.5 gallons of water per minute instead of the standard applying to the entire showerhead.

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The rule change, which would return to the Obama-era standard, is slated to published in the Federal Register next week.

The general public will then have 60 days to comment on the proposal before a final rule is devised, according to The Associated Press.

Energy officials estimated that the previous rule saved US households roughly $38 a year and believe that returning to the old standard will yield similar savings.

Kelly Speakes-Backman, the acting assistant secretary for the department’s Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, touted the move on Friday.

“As many parts of America experience historic droughts, this commonsense proposal means consumers can purchase showerheads that conserve water and save them money on their utility bills,” she said.

Trump, in pushing for the change under his administration, mentioned that his hair needed to be “perfect.”

“So showerheads – you take a shower, the water doesn’t come out. You want to wash your hands, the water doesn’t come out,” Trump said last year. “So what do you do? You just stand there longer or you take a shower longer? Because my hair – I don’t know about you, but it has to be perfect.”

Conservation groups were not too keen on the 2020 rule change.

Andrew deLaski, the executive director of the energy conservation group Appliance Standards Awareness Project, told The Associated Press that with four or more nozzles “you could have 10, 15 gallons per minute powering out of the showerhead, literally probably washing you out of the bathroom.”

“At a time when a good portion of the country is experiencing serious drought exacerbated by climate change, there’s no place for showerheads that use needless amounts of water,” he said.

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‘It’s not going to be a garden party’: GOP senator suggests that the confirmation process for Biden’s Cabinet nominees won’t be easy

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Sen. John Barrasso (R-Wyoming).

  • GOP Sen. John Barrasso on Sunday said that Cabinet nominees brought forward by President-elect Joe Biden in a Republican-controlled Senate should not expect an easy pathway to confirmation, according to Politico.
  • “It’s not going to be a garden party,” he said. “If the Republicans are in the majority, these nominees are going to have to run the gauntlet.”
  • Barrasso compared Biden’s nominees to former President Barack Obama’s Cabinet, saying that the selections resembled a “third term of the Obama administration.”
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Sen. John Barrasso on Sunday said that Cabinet nominees brought forward by President-elect Joe Biden in a Republican-controlled Senate should not expect an easy pathway to confirmation, emphasizing that the party would make nominees “run the gauntlet,” according to Politico.

The Wyoming Republican and chair of the Senate Republican Conference claimed that President Donald Trump’s nominees were slow-walked compared to previous administrations and stressed that party members “are not going to forget what happened with President Trump’s administration and the delayed process that went through it.”

He added: “So, it’s not going to be a garden party. If the Republicans are in the majority, these nominees are going to have to run the gauntlet.”

While many of Biden’s nominees are expected to receive bipartisan support, including Secretary of State-designate Antony Blinken and former Agriculture secretary Tom Vilsack, others, including Neera Tanden, the nominee to run the White House Office of Management and Budget, and California Attorney General Xavier Becerra, who has been tapped to lead the Department of Health and Human Services, will meet some GOP resistance.

Barrasso compared Biden’s nominees to former President Barack Obama’s Cabinet, saying that the selections resembled a “third term of the Obama administration.”

He then stated that former two-term Michigan Gov. Jennifer Granholm, Biden’s nominee to lead the Department of Energy, would present some issues for him due to past comments that she’s made regarding fossil fuels. As governor of the Midwestern state from 2003 to 2011, she worked with Obama and Biden in overseeing the auto industry bailout during the Great Recession.

Granholm would have a hand in carrying out Biden’s proposed climate policy as part of her role as Energy Secretary. That $2 trillion proposal includes moving the country to a carbon pollution-free power sector by 2035, and investing heavily in infrastructure and the auto industry.

If Republicans capture the two Senate seats in the January 2021 Georgia runoff elections, they’ll have 52 seats in the upper chamber, and therefore secure the majority. In such a scenario, Barrasso would be set to lead the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, which would take up Granholm’s nomination. However, if Democrats win both seats, they’ll have the majority, and Biden will be able to move his nominees through with Vice President-elect Kamala Harris’s tie-breaking vote.

“If you want accountability and not just a rubber stamp for a Joe Biden Cabinet, you need to have people like me as chairman of the Energy Committee,” he said. “You bet, I’m going to ask tough questions.”

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