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Obama Steps Up To Climate Change

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This summer the Obama Administration stood up its commitment to addressing climate change. His June 25th speech first and foremost recognized the science and climate events that make myths of climate deniers. The short speech highlighted a three part plan to use less dirty energy, transition to cleaner sources of energy, and waste less energy. He also committed to greater international cooperation. The key programmatic offerings include:

Carbon Emissions

  • Instructed the Environmental Protection Agency to complete new pollution standards for both new and existing power plants.


Renewables

  • Directed the Interior Department to green light enough private, renewable energy capacity on public lands to power more than 6 million homes by 2020.
  • The Department of Defense will install 3 gigawatts of renewable power on its bases, generating about the same amount of electricity each year as you'd get from burning 3 million tons of coal.
  • Calls for Congress to end the tax breaks for big oil companies, and invest in the clean-energy companies that will fuel our future.

 

Wasting Less Energy

  • EPA to set new energy standards for cars and appliances like refrigerators and dishwashers.


Resilience

  • Instructs federal agencies to make sure that any new project funded with taxpayer dollars is built to withstand increased flood risks.


Global Cooperation

  • Calls for an end of public financing for new coal plants overseas -- unless they deploy carbon-capture technologies, or there's no other viable way for the poorest countries to generate electricity.
  • Directs the administration to launch negotiations toward global free trade in environmental goods and services.
  • Redouble efforts to engage our international partners in reaching a new global agreement to reduce carbon pollution through concrete action.

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