Maloney: Federal Government Should Lead the Way on Energy Efficiency

Jun 18, 2007
Press Release
Washington, D.C. – Congresswoman Carolyn B. Maloney (NY-14) released the following statement today in support of the Carbon-Neutral Government Act of 2007 (H.R. 2635), legislation introduced by Congressman Henry Waxman (CA-30) and co-sponsored by Maloney, that would increase the federal government’s energy efficiency:

“The federal government is the largest energy consumer in the United States.  This bill would require our government to finally step up to the plate and become a leader on the serious issue of global warming. 

“Under this Administration, our government has done virtually nothing to address  global warming.  In fact, earlier this year President Bush even went so far as to repeal an Executive Order calling for the government to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions.  Over 500 American cities and towns have already stepped up to the plate and pledged to meet the Kyoto Protocol’s targets for greenhouse gas emissions reductions.  It’s about time the federal government demonstrated its commitment to this important issue.

“Making the federal government more energy efficient will not only help slow global warming, it will also save taxpayer dollars.  This is a common sense bill that should be enacted into law.”

H.R. 2635 sets an ambitious goal for the federal government to achieve carbon neutral operations by 2050.  Under the bill, federal agencies would have to inventory their greenhouse gas emissions, freeze emissions in 2010, and then reduce net emissions over time to achieve zero emissions by 2050.  The bill directs EPA to set annual government-wide emissions targets to achieve these reductions.  It also requires agencies to develop plans to meet these targets and publicly report progress on implementing their plans and reducing emissions on an annual basis. 

The bill would also establish minimum emissions standards for motor vehicles used by the federal government, and require the federal government to consider the full cost of fuel in federal procurement decisions.  

The bill was marked up June 12 in the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, which Congressman Waxman chairs and Congresswoman Maloney is a member of.