24 Aug 2007

American Samoan governor wants to curb emissions

4:17 pm on 24 August 2007

The American Samoa Governor Togiola Tulafono has issued an executive order aimed at reducing greenhouse gas emissions produced by his government.

The order would ban the importation of older vehicles, set minimum fuel efficiency levels, force the use of fluorescent light bulbs, require Energy Star ratings on appliances and prohibit the importation of high phosphorous detergents.

The governor says these moves will motivate local vendors to bring in hybrid and more fuel efficient vehicles as well as other energy efficient products.

He says the increased use of more efficient, lower emission vehicles and products by the government and the public will appreciably cut the territory's fossil fuel consumption.

The Governor says it will be American Samoa's initial step in doing its part to fight climate change and global warming.