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On Earth Day, Foster Pushes to Reduce Government's Carbon Footprint

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Location: Washington, DC

On Earth Day, Foster Pushes to Reduce Government's Carbon Footprint

Today, Rep. Bill Foster (IL-14), in support of a simple solution for the environment, announced he will co-sponsor H.R. 823, the Carbon Neutrality Act of 2007. The bill is an effort to push the federal government to reduce the carbon footprint.

"The people of the 14th District sent me to Washington to make sure government is part of the solution on issues like the environment, not part of problem," Foster said. "If we take action, and achieve the necessary first steps to help make the government carbon neutral, we can make a positive impact on the planet."

The Carbon Neutrality Act, proposed by Rep. Peter Welch (VT-AL), allows legislative offices and executive agencies to account for their global warming impact through the purchase of greenhouse gas offsets or renewable energy credits to offset energy consumption in an effort to fight global warming. It allows for offices to purchase carbon offsets with their budget.

"I'm working to make sure we help solve the problem of global warming by enabling government offices to be environmentally friendly. "Allowing an office the opportunity to diminish its impact on global warming sends a signal that we are serious about solutions to fighting climate change," Foster said.

Concluded Foster, "On Earth Day, I recognize that global warming is a problem we must solve together, and my co-sponsorship of the Carbon Neutrality Act is a small and important part of that solution. Global warming is an issue that everyone can help solve whether it's by using energy efficient light bulbs, or riding a bicycle to work. Every step forward in moving closer to carbon neutrality is a step in the right direction. Only continued inaction will cause harm," Foster said.

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