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Federal agencies unveil sustainability plans to cut GHGs 28%, save $10 billion in energy costs
October 1, 2010
Our guest blogger is CAP’s Ben Kaldunski.

A large step forward for federal sustainability came this month as the White House released its Strategic Sustainability Performance Plans for nearly every Federal agency. This is the first time that all the agencies have submitted plans to reduce greenhouse gas emissions (GHGs).

President Obama signed Executive Order #13514, “Federal Leadership in Environmental, Energy and Economic Performance” a year ago, requiring each of the 35 federal agencies to inventory their greenhouse gas emissions; set a reductions target; and build a plan to meet that target over the coming years. Building on this initiative, President Obama then announced in January 2010 that the Federal Government would work to cut its overall emissions of global warming pollution by 28 percent by 2020. Once accomplished, this will be no small energy saving feat:

"Achieving the Federal GHG pollution reduction target will reduce Federal energy use by the equivalent of 646 trillion BTUs, equal to 205 million barrels of oil, and taking 17 million cars off the road for one year. This is also equivalent to a cumulative total of $8 to $11 billion in avoided energy costs through 2020."

I understand that Obama is despised at this site, but, on this the most crucial issue facing mankind what are the chances of this occurring without him? slim to none.

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