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 ClintonFrustration boils over with Senate's 'legislative graveyard' Poll: Nearly half of Clinton's former supporters back Biden Harris readies a Phase 2 as she seeks to rejuvenate campaign 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 John TrumpNASA exec leading moon mission quits weeks after appointment The Hill's Morning Report — After contentious week, Trump heads for Japan Frustration boils over with Senate's 'legislative graveyard' 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.