President Obama Pledges To Reduce Federal Government Carbon Emissions By 40 Percent

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President Barack Obama has signed an executive order on March 19 to reduce the federal government’s carbon emissions 40 percent by 2025. He also called for a 30 percent increase in renewable energy use by federal agencies, The Huffington Post reported.

Previously, the administration promised to reduce emissions produced by federal agencies by 28 percent by 2020.

"We are well on our way to meet that goal," said senior adviser to the president Brian Deese. "That's what's motivating us today to chart out a new and even more aggressive goal going forward.”

As of 2014, the federal government had cut emissions by 17 percent since Obama took office in 2008. Currently, only 9 percent of the federal government’s energy comes from renewable resources.

The administration pledged to cut the per-mile emissions from all of the federal agencies vehicles by 30 percent — saving taxpayers $18 billion, although that money won’t be spent on energy.

Under Obama’s presidency, the private sector has also been pushed to reduce emissions. The administration released a scorecard to track emissions from federal contractors, including Boeing and Lockheed Martin.

Between the private sector and federal agencies, the administration estimates the country can cut carbon dioxide emissions by 26 million metric tons in the next 10 years. 

Deese added, “These goals will make sure the federal government is leading by example and pushing the envelope on cutting emissions.”

Source: The Huffington Post

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