President Donald Trump, whose administration recently finalized the reversal of efficiency standards on light bulbs, had jokes on Thursday night, blaming the energy-efficient bulbs for his wack tan.
“The light bulb. People said what’s with the light bulb. I said here’s the story, and I looked at it. The bulb that we’re being forced to use. Number one, to me, most importantly, the light’s no good. I always look orange,” he quipped as the crowd a Republican house retreat dinner in Baltimore according to NBC News. “And so do you. The light is the worst.”
At least Trump knows he looks like an Oompa Loompa, but the light bulbs have very little to do with it.
“It’s many times more expensive than that old incandescent bulb that worked very well,” he added, according to NBC.
Trump’s comments came as his administration recently reversed the requirements of energy-efficient lightbulbs that were championed under the administrations of Presidents George W. Bush and Barack Obama.
All for vanity, it seems, as he’s made similar remarks while at a rally in Fayetteville, North Carolina, earlier this week.
“I’m not a vain person,” he told the crowd at the rally according to the Hill. “But I look better under an incandescent light than these crazy lights that are beaming down on me.”
Of course, the reversal has met push back, as critics say that the rollback will harm the environment and also increase spending on energy.
However, the Department of Energy said it was about returning “choice” to the consumers.
“This rule does not prevent consumers from buying the lamps they desire, including efficient options,” the Department of Energy wrote last week, according to the Hill. “The market is successfully transitioning to LEDs regardless of government regulation. Consumers are clearly taking advantage of the energy savings provided by LEDs.”