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President Obama Unveils New Plan to Address Climate Change

06/26/13

Source: SOCMA
Related Topics: Climate Change
Yesterday, President Obama unveiled his much anticipated Climate Action Plan (CAP) to address climate change.  Given the current stalemate in Congress on this issue which will probably not be changing anytime soon, the package of proposals specifically does not require congressional involvement or approval. CAP is intended to reduce carbon emissions by 17% from 2005 – 2020;  prepare the U.S.  to adapt to climate change; and take a leadership role in international climate change efforts.  More specifically, the plan calls for:
  • EPA to complete carbon emission standards  for both new and existing power plants.
    • The original proposal was first issued in April 2012
    • A new proposal is expected by September 20, 2013, with a final rule for new sources expected by June 1, 2014
    • A proposal for existing sources is expected by June 1, 2014, with final standards due by June 1, 2015
  • EPA to develop post-2018 fuel economy standards for heavy duty vehicles.
  • Aggressive plans to expand renewable energy projects on public lands
  • The U.S to take a leading role in the 2015 international climate conference
The Plan also focuses on various efforts to improve energy efficiency, including setting standards for appliances and federal buildings, and seeks to encourage the development of “clean energy” technologies.  Furthermore, the President seeks to phase-down hydrofluorocarbon (HFC) emissions, and will pursue efforts to reduce methane emissions.  The plan can be found at:  http://www.whitehouse.gov/share/climate-action-plan






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