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Default Obama: Entire federal fleet purchases to be alt-fuel by 2015

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President Obama has outlined a new target for the White House energy policy, one that focuses on variety. According to news reports, the plan will include ways to generate more low-carbon electricity, reduce reliance on foreign oil, expand domestic oil production and ethanol production and push up the amount of natural gas used in vehicles.

The New York Times says that the administration has been asking "outside groups" for their input in order to get the widest possible consensus on the matter. In fact, the President is so confident in the plan that the Times' headline on the story says he is "daring Republicans to call it 'Froufrou.'" Here are some highlights:
  • By 2015, the federal government will only buy alt-fuel vehicles.
  • By 2025, oil imports will be reduced by a third through lowering consumption and increasing domestic drilling (does this make more sense now?).
  • One suggestion on the electricity front is to have different energy goals in different regions. So, for example, places with more and reliable wind would be encouraged to build out more wind turbines. On top of this, dirty energy areas might be able to (or have to) buy clean energy credits from areas that are able to generate extra clean energy.
  • The White House wants "the nation to break ground on four new commercial-scale cellulosic or advanced biofuel refineries to produce ethanol in the next two years," the The Wall Street Journal writes.
Read the full text of the President's speech after the jump.

[Sources: The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal | Image: WhiteHouse.gov]Continue reading Obama: Entire federal fleet purchases to be alt-fuel by 2015

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