Forget the House and Senate

The effort to curb harmful emissions often gets tangled up in the partisan debate, but what else can be done to tighten up the slack? Believe it or not there are many things that can be done including tighter rules from the EPA, to the federal government’s own carbon emissions that exceed those of any other company in this country. McClatchy reports:

President Barack Obama on Monday ordered the federal government — the nation’s largest energy user — to cut its greenhouse gas emissions and to reduce its impact on the environment.

The president’s executive order also requires all agencies to conserve water, reduce waste and use the government’s enormous purchasing power to buy more environmentally sound products. Once the changes in place, they could touch everything from the kinds of vehicles in federal fleets to the use of recycled paper and non-plastic utensils in government cafeterias. – read more

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