Obama to order government to cut its greenhouse gas emissions by 40% as U.S. hopes to spur global change

National Post

WASHINGTON — U.S. President Barack Obama will order the federal government on Thursday to cut its emissions of greenhouse gases by 40%, as the U.S. seeks to spur other nations to get serious about climate change.

Obama’s executive order will also direct the government to ramp up use of renewable energy sources to 30% of the federal government’s consumption. The White House said U.S. taxpayers could save up to $18 billion in electricity costs by reducing greenhouse gases 40 per cent over the next decade, compared to 2008 levels.

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Major companies that sell to the federal government like GE, HP, Northrup Grumman and Honeywell will also announce voluntary commitments to cut their own emissions of the heat-trapping gases blamed for global warming, the White House said.

The U.S. government is responsible for only a small portion of the world’s greenhouse gas emissions, but the Obama administration is hoping…

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