Tuesday, June 25, 2013

The President's Climate Action Plan

President Obama is putting forward a broad-based plan to cut the carbon pollution that causes climate change and affects public health.

Cutting carbon pollution will help spark business innovation to modernize our power plants, resulting in cleaner forms of American-made energy that will create good jobs and cut our dependence on foreign oil.

The plan, which consists of a wide variety of executive actions, has three key pillars:

1) Cut Carbon Pollution in America
2) Prepare the United States for the Impacts of Climate Change
3) Lead International Efforts to Combat Global Climate Change and Prepare for its Impacts


1) Cut Carbon Pollution in America:  

I. Deploying Clean Energy  Cutting Carbon Pollution from Power Plants Promoting American Leadership in Renewable Energy    
  • Accelerating Clean Energy Permitting
  • Expanding and Modernizing the Electric Grid

Unlocking Long-Term Investment in Clean Energy Innovation
  • Spurring Investment in Advanced Fossil Energy Projects
  • Instituting a Federal Quadrennial Energy Review
II. Building a 21st Century Transportation Sector
  • Increasing Fuel Economy Standards
  • Developing and Deploying Advanced Transportation Technologies
III. Cutting Energy Waste In Homes, Businesses and Factories
  • Establishing A New Goal For Energy Efficiency Standards
  • Reducing Barriers To Investment In Energy Efficiency
  • Expanding The President's Better Buildings Challenge
IV. Reducing Other Greenhouse Gas Emissions

Curbing Emissions of Hydrofluorocarbons

Reducing Methane Emissions
  • Developing and Interagency Methane Strategy
  • Pursuing A Collaborative Approach To Reducing Emissions
Preserving the Role of Forests in Mitigating Climate Change

V. Leading at the Federal Level

Leading in Clean Energy

Federal Government Leadership in Energy Efficiency

2) Prepare the United States for the Impacts of Climate Change:

I. Building Stronger and Safer Communities and Infrastructure

Directing Agencies To Support Climate-Resilient Investment

Establishing a State, Local and Tribal Leaders Task Force on Climate Preparedness

Supporting Communities as they Prepare for Climate Impacts

Boosting the Resilience of Buildings and Infrastructure

Rebuilding and Learning from Hurricane Sandy

II.  Protecting Our Economy and Natural Resources

Identifying Vulnerabilities of Key Sectors of Climate Change

Promoting Resilience in the Health Sector

Promoting Insurance Leadership for Climate Safety

Conserving Land and Water Resources

Maintaining Agricultural Sustainability

Managing Drought

Reducing Wildfire Risk

Preparing For Future Floods

III. Using Sound Science to Manage Climate Impacts

Developing Actionable Climate Science

Assessing Climate Change Impacts in the United States

Launching a Climate Data Initiative

Providing a Toolkit for Climate Resilience

3) Lead International Efforts to Combat Global Climate Change and Prepare for its Impacts:

I. Working with other Countries To Take Action to Address Climate Change

Enhancing Multilateral Engagement with Major Economies

Expanding Bilateral With Major Emerging Economies

Combatting Short-Lived Climate Pollutants

Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Degradation

Expanding Clean Energy Use and Cut Energy Waste

Negotiating Global Free Trade in Environmental Goods and Services

Phasing Out Subsidies that Encourage Wasteful Consumption of Fossil Fuels

Leading Global Sector Public Financing Towards Cleaner Energy

Strengthening Global Resilience to Climate Change

Mobilizing Climate Finance

II. Leading Efforts to Adress Climate Change Through International Negotiations

(The White House)

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