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President Obama Announces Climate Change Plan

Posted on 06/25/2013 by Louisa Kinoshi

Earlier today at Georgetown University, President Barack Obama announced his national plan to combat climate change. Among other initiatives, the President plans to address climate change by limiting carbon dioxide emissions from new and existing power plants, and increasing the production of renewable energy on public lands. None of the steps President Obama announced require congressional approval. President Obama’s goal is to reduce carbon pollution by at least 3 billion metric tons cumulatively by 2030 – more than half of the annual carbon pollution from the U.S. energy sector.

According to the President, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) will work closely with states, industry and other key stakeholders to establish carbon pollution standards for both new and existing power plants. In the plan, the President directs the Department Of Interior to permit enough renewables projects on public lands by 2020 to power more than 6 million homes. It also sets a new goal to install 100 megawatts of renewables on federally assisted housing by 2020. To learn more about President Obama’s Climate Action plan, please visit