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Federal Stimulus Plan Could Reduce Greenhouse Gas Emissions

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Aired 4/19/09

An environmental group says projects in the proposed federal economic stimulus package would reduce the country's greenhouse gas emissions. KPBS Environment Reporter Ed Joyce has more.

A Greenpeace analysis suggests how different provisions of the recovery package could affect U.S. greenhouse gas emissions.

Greenpeace Research Director Kert Davies says the energy and transportation elements of the proposed stimulus package would reduce carbon dioxide emissions linked to climate change.

Davies: Taken together they will cut at least 61 million tons of CO2 every year, that's the equivalent of taking 13 million cars off the road and equal to the electricity from about 7.9 million American homes.

He says $2.5 billion spent on energy efficiency upgrades to homes would also save consumers more than $1.5 billion in annual utility costs.

Davies says the analysis quantified about half of the money in the proposed federal economic stimulus package.

But he says other elements of the plan will also reduce emissions linked to climate change.

Ed Joyce, KPBS News.

 

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