Obama to make clean energy pledge with Mexico, Canada: report

Obama to make clean energy pledge with Mexico, Canada: report
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President Obama will set a goal this week for the United States to get half of its electricity from clean energy sources by 2025.

CBC News, citing sources familiar with the plans, said Obama will make the pledge as part of a summit in Ottawa, Canada, with the leaders of Mexico and Canada.


The United States got only 13 percent of its electricity from clean sources like wind, solar and hydropower last year, according to the Energy Information Administration (EIA). It’s unclear if the pledge would include nuclear power, which is also emission-free and supplies 20 percent of the country’s power.

The United States's pledge would largely be up to the next president to enforce. Presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonThe Memo: The center strikes back Democratic clamor grows for select committee on Jan. 6 attack White House denies pausing military aid package to Ukraine MORE has committed to sweeping clean energy goals, including to have half of the country’s electricity be clean by 2030, while Republican Donald TrumpDonald TrumpMaria Bartiromo defends reporting: 'Keep trashing me, I'll keep telling the truth' The Memo: The center strikes back Republicans eye Nashville crack-up to gain House seat MORE has promised to greatly expand the production and use of fossil fuels and roll back environmental regulations.

Mexico will make a similar clean energy pledge at the summit, and Canada already gets 63 percent of its electricity from clean power, CBC said.

White House spokesman Eric Schultz declined to comment to reporters Monday about the CBC report.

The clean electricity pledge would be the latest in a series of cooperative measures on climate change and energy Obama has made with Canada since last year’s election of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.

The two leaders have agreed together to dramatically cut methane emissions from the oil and natural gas sector and to reduce short-lived greenhouse gases like black carbon and hydrofluorocarbons. Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto plans to sign onto those agreements as well, CBC reported.

The three leaders will also commit to taking steps to encourage biodiversity across North America.

— This story was updated at 4:20 p.m.