Obama to Issue Executive Order Cutting the Federal Government’s Greenhouse Gas Emissions

President Obama on Thursday will sign an executive order directing the federal government to cut its overall greenhouse gas emissions by 40 percent over the next decade.

White House officials say the initiative demonstrates the U.S. federal government will “lead by example” in the international fight against climate change.

“We are going to stay on offense in pushing our clean-energy and climate-change objectives,” Brian Deese, senior adviser to the president, told reporters on a conference call. “This action today is a triple win — it’s a win for the environment, a win for the economy and a win for the American taxpayer.”