President Obama to Unveil Plan to Tackle Climate Change

Jun 25th, 2013 | By | Category: Top Story

In the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, record droughts and wildfires in many states, President Obama has announced he will unveil a climate action plan on Tuesday designed to cut the carbon pollution fueling global warming and advance clean energy solutions. Environment Connecticut applauded the announcement.

Damage in East Haven, Connecticut, from Hurricane Irene as seen by the CT National Guard.

Damage in East Haven, Connecticut, from Hurricane Irene as seen by the CT National Guard.

“Connecticut is already paying a price as global warming fuels more damaging storms and dangerous heat waves,” said Chris Phelps, with Environment Connecticut. “Protecting our children from even more devastating consequences demands bold leadership. President Obama realizes this and we hope his plan will truly begin to safeguard future generations.”

One aspect of the plan that Environment Connecticut and others will be watching closely is how it addresses carbon pollution from power plants. Despite being the largest sources of the carbon pollution fueling global warming, power plants have no federal limits on the amount of carbon pollution they can spew into our air. The president’s plan could take a pivotal step toward changing that.

For more on this story, visit: President Obama to Unveil Plan to Tackle Climate Change | Environment Connecticut.

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Sierra Club Executive Director Michael Brune released the following statement:

“This is the change Americans have been waiting for on climate.

“President Obama is finally putting action behind his words, which is exactly what the Sierra Club, our 2.1 million members and supporters, and coalition partners have worked mightily to achieve.  Today, we applaud him for taking a giant step forward toward meeting that goal.

“By committing to establish new energy efficiency standards for federal buildings and appliances, scale up clean energy production on public lands with an ambitious new commitment to power 6 million homes by 2020, and use the full authority of the Clean Air Act to cut dangerous carbon pollution from power plants, the President is stepping up to reduce the climate-disrupting pollution that is destabilizing our climate while threatening our economy and endangering our communities and families with extreme weather and dramatic sea level increases.

“The President’s plan gives us hope that he will cement his climate legacy and protect future generations by rejecting the dirty and dangerous Keystone XL pipeline, ending destructive oil drilling in the Arctic,  halting mountaintop removal, stopping reckless liquefied natural gas exports, and abandoning dirty fuels in favor of clean energy.”

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