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The Committee for an American Clean Energy Agenda (ACEA) says it has submitted to the White House a proposed executive order that would make water a major national priority and further shift the U.S. toward clean energy.

The ACEA, which represents 120 citizen organizations in 33 states and the District of Columbia, hopes President Barack Obama will consider the draft executive order.

Although the order has several water-related provisions, including the completion of a national water census and a “U.S. Water Budget,” it also calls for favoring clean energy over more water-intensive electricity resources.

According to the ACEA, the order would reduce or eliminate, to the extent practicable, by 2030 steam-cycle coal-fired, nuclear and natural-gas fired power plants that derive water from or impact key watersheds identified by a U.S. Geological Survey and replace them with a less water-intensive electric generation mix of renewables, energy efficiency and energy storage technologies.

Heather White, executive director of the Environmental Working Group, comments: "When it comes to protecting water and making 'water smart' energy choices, we already are far behind where we need to be as a nation. … We are now at the point where energy production increasingly threatens water quality across the country, as well as quantity in places where water is scarce. We need to start planning today if we want to avoid disaster in the years to come."

For the full copy of the draft executive order, click here.




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