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March 20, 2015

Obama Orders Cuts in Federal Greenhouse Gas Emissions

By JULIE HIRSCHFELD DAVIS, New York Times  •    •  Posted 2015-03-20 06:50:14

President Obama signed an executive order on Thursday to set new goals for reducing the greenhouse gas emissions of federal agencies, his latest use of his executive authority to address the root causes of climate change and press private companies and foreign governments to follow suit. Mr. Obama’s directive orders federal agencies over the next decade to cut their emissions by an average of 40 percent compared with their levels when he won office in 2008, and to increase their use of electricity from renewable sources by 30 percent. [ read more … ]

Obama orders 40% cut in federal greenhouse gases by 2025 

Jean Chemnick, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted 2015-03-20 06:50:59

That document will flesh out the promise Obama made last November in Beijing to slash economywide U.S. emissions between 26 and 28 percent from 2005 levels by 2025. That pledge — which was made alongside China’s promise to contain emissions by 2030 — supports efforts to reach an international agreement on climate change in Paris at the end of this year. [ read more … ]

Obama to seek 40 percent cut in federal greenhouse gases

By Timothy Cama, The Hill  •    •  Posted 2015-03-20 06:51:17

“These are ambitious goals, but we know that they’re achievable goals,” he continued. Obama will also push federal agencies to get 30 percent of their power from renewable sources like wind and solar energy. Several major federal contractors and suppliers are announcing emissions reduction goals of their own. “Since the federal government is the single largest consumer of energy in the nation, federal emissions reductions and progress across the supply chain will have broad impacts,” the White House said in a fact sheet. [ read more … ]

States’ ‘no’ gives courts time to kill power rule — McConnell 

Jean Chemnick, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted 2015-03-20 06:51:35

The Senate’s top Republican advised states again yesterday not to submit implementation plans for U.S. EPA’s Clean Power Plan, predicting that the rule would not survive judicial review. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) argued in a letter to governors that EPA’s existing power plant carbon dioxide draft is highly and legally vulnerable and likely to be overturned in court. States have little to fear and everything to lose by complying with it, he said. [ read more … ]

Dow Chemical Agrees to Buy 200 Megawatts From Wind Farm in Texas

By Justin Doom, Bloomberg  •    •  Posted 2015-03-20 06:51:52

Dow Chemical Co., the largest U.S. chemical maker by sales, has agreed to buy 200 megawatts of capacity from a wind farm under development in Texas. A subsidiary of Bordas Wind Energy LLC is building the wind farm, which is expected to be completed in the first quarter of next year, Midland, Michigan-based Dow said Friday in a statement. The project, which will span almost 35,000 acres, will supply Dow’s Freeport, Texas, manufacturing facility. Terms weren’t disclosed. [ read more … ]

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