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US, Canada, Mexico detail continent-wide clean energy plan


Leaders of the United States, Canada and Mexico on Wednesday added new details to their new clean energy effort, a push to generate 50 percent of their electricity from renewable sources by 2025.

The centerpiece of the plan is a push to deploy more renewable energy, nuclear power, advanced fossil fuel technology and energy efficiency measures to reach their goal by the middle of the next decade.

They will do that, according to a fact sheet from the White House, through a host of efforts, including approving new cross-border transmission lines, studying “energy system integration” continent-wide and purchasing cleaner vehicles and energy for government operations.

“We’re making sure that North American remains a leader in the fight against climate change,” President Obama said Wednesday after meeting with his Canadian and Mexican counterparts in Ottawa, Canada.

“This is what can happen when countries come together in pursuit of a common goal, when we have a big idea and the political will to make it happen,” said Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. “Today’s climate agreement stands as proof that cooperation pays off and that working together always beats going it alone.”

The countries will also work together on joint energy efficiency targets and research and development efforts for renewable energy and carbon capture and storage technology.

To real the full article from The Hill, please click here.