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Obama to tell feds to boost renewable electricity

Matthew Daly, Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Barack Obama is ordering the federal government to nearly triple to 20 percent its use of renewable sources for electricity by 2020.

Obama says the plan will help reduce pollution that causes global warming, promote American energy independence and boost domestic energy sources that provide thousands of jobs.

Obama is to announce the plan Thursday as part of his wide-ranging, second-term drive to combat climate change and prepare for its effects. A plan announced in June would put first-time limits on carbon pollution from new and existing power plants, boost renewable energy production on federal lands and prepare communities to deal with higher temperatures.

The Associated Press obtained an advance copy of the executive order on renewable energy, which applies to all federal agencies, civilian and military.