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Obama Orders Govt To Reduce Emissions

From a joyous Los Angeles Times:

Obama uses L.A. program as a model for going green

The president orders federal agencies to set high goals to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, cut energy use, save water and recycle more.

By Jim Tankersley

October 6, 2009

Reporting from Washington

Urging the government to "lead by example," President Obama ordered federal agencies on Monday to set ambitious goals to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, cut energy use, save water and recycle more.

The order calls for a 30% cut in vehicle fuel use by 2020, a 50% increase in recycling by 2015 and the implementation of high-efficiency building codes.

It also instructs agencies to set goals within 90 days to reduce the heat-trapping gases scientists blame for global warming.

The measures echo a Los Angeles sustainability program launched under the direction of then-Deputy Mayor Nancy Sutley, who now heads the White House Council on Environmental Quality.

The federal government, which operates 600,000 fleet vehicles, occupies 500,000 buildings and employs 1.8 million workers in civilian jobs, is the nation’s largest energy user.

White House officials said the initiative, which is detailed in an executive order and does not require congressional approval, would yield significant energy and environmental benefits and — because of Washington’s huge role as a consumer — encourage savings throughout the economy…

No cost estimates were provided, but officials said initial expenses — mainly to make buildings more energy-efficient — would be largely covered by the federal stimulus program.

The long-term goal is for the program to pay for itself.

Once agencies set goals and the council approves them, the Office of Management and Budget will publish a "scorecard" of how the agencies are faring.

Sutley said the initiative builds on the experience of Green LA, a 2007 program to reduce Los Angeles’ greenhouse gas emissions by 35% by 2030. That program includes measures such as strict efficiency standards in building codes and drawing power from renewable-energy sources.

Romel Pascual, L.A.’s environment director, called Obama’s order "quite impressive" and said it incorporated much of the Green LA initiative, which he said is on track to meet its goals.

"We’re certainly ready to be an example" for the nation, Pascual said.

Environmental groups say Green LA, despite some struggles, is a good model for a comprehensive federal plan

Naturally, it would never occur to our masters in Washington to actually reduce the size of government to fight pollution. We can’t have that.

No cost estimates were provided, but officials said initial expenses — mainly to make buildings more energy-efficient — would be largely covered by the federal stimulus program. The long-term goal is for the program to pay for itself.

Yes, these kind of government initiatives are famous for paying for themselves.

And of course when Mr. Obama says the government should “lead by example” he does not mean to include his own exalted self.

For surely he and Mrs. Obama and the kids will not be denied their trips around the country and the world – with their extensive entourage of cars and planes.

Indeed, we suspect Mr. Obama won’t even turn down the thermostat in the White House this winter. Which is kept warm enough in the winter "to grow orchids."

To quote Mr. Axelrod: “He’s from Hawaii, OK?”

Meanwhile, as we noted back in May, Los Angeles is ranked by the American Lung Association as the most polluted city in the United States:

Most polluted US cities

(By ozone pollution)

1. Los Angeles, California
2. Bakersfield, California
3. Visalia, California
4. Fresno, California
5. Houston, Texas
6. Sacramento, California
7. Dallas-Fort Worth, Texas
8. Charlotte, North Carolina
9. Phoenix, Arizona
10. El Centro, California

But why let such niggling details get in the way?

(Thanks to Caligirl9 for the heads up.)

This article was posted by Steve on Tuesday, October 6th, 2009. Comments are currently closed.

6 Responses to “Obama Orders Govt To Reduce Emissions”

  1. caligirl9 says:

    More “green” fun from our commander-in-chief … from the LA Times.

    Obama wants to turn government green
    The President orders federal agencies to set high goals to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, cut energy use, save water and recycle more.

    Urging the government to “lead by example,” President Obama ordered federal agencies on Monday to set ambitious goals to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, cut energy use, save water and recycle more.

    The order calls for a 30% cut in vehicle fuel use by 2020, a 50% recycling increase by 2015 and the implementation of high-efficiency building codes.

    It also instructs agencies to set reduction goals within 90 days for the heat-trapping gases scientists blame for global warming…

    The federal government, which operates 600,000 fleet vehicles, occupies 500,000 buildings and employs 1.8 million workers in civilian jobs, is the nation’s largest energy user.

    White House officials said the initiative, which is detailed in an executive order and does not require congressional approval, would yield significant energy and environmental benefits and — because of Washington’s huge role as a consumer — encourage added savings throughout the economy…

    No cost estimates were provided, but officials said initial costs — mainly to retrofit buildings to make them more energy efficient — would be largely covered from the stimulus program…

    http://www.latimes.com/news/nationworld/nation/la-na-obama-green6-2009oct06,0,4208281.story

    Note the bolded “lead by example,” which no doubt does not include the White House and jetting here and there for dates, pizza chefs and lobbying for special events halfway around the globe. Not to mention the White House itself being hot enough to grow orchids in January and February because TOTUS is “used to Hawaiian weather.” He’s from Hawaii when it’s convenient, and a son of Chicago when it’s convenient.

  2. MinnesotaRush says:

    “Obama Orders Govt To Reduce Emissions”

    Well then .. so be it! After all .. if o-blah-blah orders it … !!!

    So o-blah-blah .. if you wanna reduce emissions, CLOSE DC!!! All the hot air and toxic gas from you blowhards will help tremendously!

  3. proreason says:

    This “order” will be as successful as the order to close Gitmo.

  4. TwilightZoned says:

    I swear, everything Barry does is meant to implode this great country! Has anyone checked for 666?

  5. Liberals Demise says:

    I guess this means that the “Apology Tour ’09” is officially over. No more AF1 trips across the pond for instant vacations. No more quickie date nights to NYC and pizza hops to St. Louis.

    Now if he would stop dressing up street people in lab coats for photo-ops.

  6. canary says:

    I just can’t agree with the American Lung Association’s findings, along with many other’s findings when it comes to global warming.


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