President Obama announced yesterday that his administration will aim to reduce the federal government's greenhouse gas emissions 28% over the next decade.
â€œAs the largest energy consumer in the United States, we have a responsibility to American citizens to reduce our energy use and become more efficient,â€ said President Obama. â€œOur goal is to lower costs, reduce pollution, and shift Federal energy expenses away from oil and towards local, clean energy.â€
The announcement was foreshadowed in the President's State of the Union Address, which emphasized his administration's intention to focus on the clean energy path. "[P]roviding incentives for energy efficiency and clean energy is the right thing to do for our futureâ€”because the nation that leads the clean-energy economy will be the nation that leads the global economy. And America must be that nation.â€
The "aggressive but realistic" emissions targets are estimated to save the White House between $8 billion and $11 billion in energy costs.
(via Washington Post)