Former President Obama took drafty windows to the woodshed in December 2009. He wanted to make a point about wasting energy, so he visited a Virginia Home Depot to try to make pink rolls of fiberglass a racy house dressing.
"Insulation is sexy stuff," Obama said. "If you saw $20 bills just sort of floating through the window up into the atmosphere, you'd try to figure out how to keep them."
The White House is no longer hawking fiberglass or sealant, and it's hard to tell whether energy efficiency has a pulse in the Trump administration. The president, who knows something about buildings, hasn't raised the issue since taking office — or much before then.
Yet efficiency is one of the few methods of addressing climate change that the Trump administration hasn't obliterated.
Stacey Paradis, who directs MEEA, said it's "shocking" that the administration — or anyone — would oppose efficiency.
"It's just counterintuitive," she said, adding that she can't understand why the White House isn't backing efficiency policies for manufacturers. "It's a very logical step."