President Obama announced yesterday that his administration will aim to reduce the federal government's greenhouse gas emissions 28% over the next decade.
“As the largest energy consumer in the United States, we have a responsibility to American citizens to reduce our energy use and become more efficient,” said President Obama. “Our goal is to lower costs, reduce pollution, and shift Federal energy expenses away from oil and towards local, clean energy.”
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 future—because the nation that leads the clean-energy economy will be the nation that leads the global economy. And America must be that nation.”
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)