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President Obama Announces Plan to Cut Carbon, and a Climate Action Plan


On June 25, in a speech at Georgetown University, President Obama announced his comprehensive Climate Action Plan, which relies on existing administrative authority and does not require congressional approval, includes three major elements: 1) cutting carbon pollution, 2) preparing the US for the impacts of climate change, and 3) leading international efforts to address global climate change. The President noted that 97% of scientists acknowledge that the planet is warming and that human activity is contributing and said: "The question is not whether we need to act, the question now is whether we will have the courage to act before it's too late. And how we answer will have a profound impact on the world that we leave behind, not just to you but to your children and to your grandchildren. As a president, as a father, and as an American, I'm here to say we need to act. I refuse to condemn your generation and future generations to a planet that's beyond fixing." As part of the communications effort on the Plan, State-by-State reports are available detailing some of the impacts of extreme weather and pollution across the country, and underscoring the importance of acting now to cut carbon pollution and protect the health of our communities.

Check out details of the Climate Action Plan
Watch the Presidents Speach at Georgetown University
Take a look at the State by State Reports of the Presidents Plan

Published on: Wednesday, July 3, 2013


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