Obama orders that greenhouse gases be cut by 40%

US president Barack Obama has ordered the federal government to cut its emissions of greenhouse gases by 40%, as he seeks to spur other nations to get serious about climate change.

Obama orders that greenhouse gases be cut by 40%

Obama’s executive order also directs the government to ramp up use of renewable energy sources to 30% of the federal government’s consumption. The White House said taxpayers could save up to $18bn (€17bn) in electricity costs by reducing greenhouse gases by 40% over the next decade, compared to 2008 levels.

“These are ambitious goals, but we know they’re achievable goals,” Obama said at the energy department, where he toured a rooftop solar panel installation after signing the executive order at the White House.

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 gases blamed for global warming

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