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Tuesday Video— Transition talk update

Perhaps readers were unsure of what we were talking about in yesterday's edition of Another Green Monday with the “new New Deal.” In his weekly address at, President-elect Obama promised the first part of his plan would “launch a massive effort to make public buildings more energy-efficient. Our government now pays the highest energy bill in the world. We need to change that.” After spending some time at, it’s quite the remarkable beast, making an extra effort for transparency with the transition team. The site motto is “Today we begin in earnest the work of making sure that the world we leave our children is just a little better than the one we inhabit today.” We were particularly interested in the environment section. There you will find the Obama-Biden plan for powering the green economy, ending our addiction to foreign oil, and significantly reducing carbon emissions. (Curiously, building a pipeline for natural gas to Alaska made the cut.) Full list displayed after the jump. The Obama-Biden Plan The energy challenges our country faces are severe and have gone unaddressed for far too long. Our addiction to foreign oil doesn't just undermine our national security and wreak havoc on our environment -- it cripples our economy and strains the budgets of working families all across America. Barack Obama and Joe Biden have a comprehensive plan to invest in alternative and renewable energy, end our addiction to foreign oil, address the global climate crisis and create millions of new jobs. The Obama-Biden comprehensive New Energy for America plan will: Help create five million new jobs by strategically investing $150 billion over the next ten years to catalyze private efforts to build a clean energy future. Within 10 years save more oil than we currently import from the Middle East and Venezuela combined . Put 1 million Plug-In Hybrid cars -- cars that can get up to 150 miles per gallon -- on the road by 2015, cars that we will work to make sure are built here in America. Ensure 10 percent of our electricity comes from renewable sources by 2012, and 25 percent by 2025. Implement an economy-wide cap-and-trade program to reduce greenhouse gas emissions 80 percent by 2050. Energy Plan Overview Provide Short-term Relief to American Families Crack Down on Excessive Energy Speculation. Swap Oil from the Strategic Petroleum Reserve to Cut Prices. Eliminate Our Current Imports from the Middle East and Venezuela within 10 Years Increase Fuel Economy Standards. Get 1 Million Plug-In Hybrid Cars on the Road by 2015. Create a New $7,000 Tax Credit for Purchasing Advanced Vehicles. Establish a National Low Carbon Fuel Standard. A “Use it or Lose It” Approach to Existing Oil and Gas Leases. Promote the Responsible Domestic Production of Oil and Natural Gas. Create Millions of New Green Jobs Ensure 10 percent of Our Electricity Comes from Renewable Sources by 2012, and 25 percent by 2025. Deploy the Cheapest, Cleanest, Fastest Energy Source – Energy Efficiency. Weatherize One Million Homes Annually. Develop and Deploy Clean Coal Technology. Prioritize the Construction of the Alaska Natural Gas Pipeline. Reduce our Greenhouse Gas Emissions 80 Percent by 2050 Implement an economy-wide cap-and-trade program to reduce greenhouse gas emissions 80 percent by 2050. Make the U.S. a Leader on Climate Change.

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