28 Jan '14, 7pm

6 things Obama can do on climate without Congress

6 things Obama can do on climate without Congress

For campaigning environmentalists, energy efficiency isn’t as sexy as a rooftop full of solar panels or a shuttered coal plant, but there are huge gains to be made through simple improvements like more efficient lightbulbs and better insulation. Americans waste up to 87 percent of the energy they consume, according to the Colorado State report. Obama can’t personally pick your lightbulbs for you (the recent restrictions on low-efficiency lightbulbs that have some Republicans howling about executive overreach in fact stem from a 2007 law passed by Congress), but he does control the efficiency of federal buildings; in 2011, Obama signed off on $2 billion in contracts for private companies to retrofit federal buildings and then take their pay from the resultant electricity cost savings (in other words, at no new cost to taxpayers). The Colorado State report recommends that Ob...

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