First, there was a historic joint announcement on climate between the White House and China last year. Now, this administration seems to be making it clear that they're serious about it. Although this directive is geared towards federal agencies only, this is certainly a great start. Let's see if this trickles down to other areas of government and eventually, the private sector
This new sustainability plan for the next decade directs federal agencies to cut their greenhouse gas emissions by 40 percent by 2025. That means big cuts to the dangerous emissions driving climate change – and also big savings. In addition to 21 million metric tons of emission reductions – the same as taking 4.2 million cars of the road for a year — achieving this goal will save taxpayers up to $18 billion in avoided energy costs between 2008 and 2025.