Massachusetts Senators Elizabeth Warren and Edward J. Markey, along with Bernie Sanders from Vermont, are pushing for a universal charging standard for casino slot online bonus138 smartphones, the senators said in a letter sent Thursday to Commerce Secretary Gina Raimondo.
In the casino slot online letter, the lawmakers urge the Department of Commerce to develop a strategy to protect consumers and mitigate e-waste, following lead of the European Union on universal chargers.
“Consumers shouldn’t have to keep buying new casino slot online chargers all the time for different devices. We can clear things up with uniform standards—for less expense, less hassle, and less waste,” Warren posted on Twitter.
The senators argue that not having a universal charger creates a financial burden for casino slot online consumers and creates more electronic waste, writing, “In addition to unnecessary expense for American consumers, disposing of and replacing chargers generates e-waste that leads to environmental damage, including spreading toxins in water, polluting soil, and degrading air quality. Discarded and unused chargers alone generate more than 11,000 tons of e-waste annually.”
Though the senator’s letter did not specify what that standard charger should be, the European Union’s recent ruling made the USB Type-C cable the universal standard, and though that cable covers most smartphones, tablets, earbuds, headphones, and portable speakers, it doesn’t cover the iPhone, which uses Apple’s casino slot online exclusive Lightning connector to recharge.
However, as USA Today reports, the EU’s new ruling may force Apple to replace it.
“We cannot allow the casino slot online consumer electronics industry to prioritize proprietary and inevitably obsolete charging technology over consumer protection and environmental health,” reads an excerpt from the letter.
Time will tell if the Department of Commerce will take action on casino slot online behalf of the senators’ request and if Apple will adhere to the EU’s rulling and do away with their Lightning port.
“[The EU’s] policy has the potential to significantly reduce e-waste and help consumers who are tired of having to rummage through junk drawers full of tangled chargers to find a compatible one, or buy a new one,” the senators wrote. “The EU has wisely acted in the public interest by taking on powerful technology companies over this casino slot online consumer and environmental issue. The United States should do the same.”