President Obama's Climate Action Plan: Progress Report   [open pdf - 389KB]

From the Document: "The effects of climate change are already being felt across the nation. In the past three decades, the percentage of Americans with asthma has more than doubled, and climate change is putting those Americans at greater risk of landing in the hospital. The impacts of extreme weather events -- from more severe droughts and wildfires in the West, to more powerful hurricanes and record heat waves -- are hitting communities across the country. These changes come with far-reaching consequences and real economic costs. […] One year later, the Administration has made real progress in advancing the goals in the President's Climate Action Plan. Already, the Administration has announced new efficiency standards, permitted renewable energy projects on public lands, and proposed carbon pollution standards for new and existing power plants. Alongside our State, Tribal, local, and private sector partners, we are taking steps to make our communities more resilient to the effects of severe weather; and we are working with other countries to reduce emissions of greenhouse gases internationally. […] The Administration has taken decisive new steps under the Climate Action Plan to move to cleaner sources of power and improve energy efficiency across our economy. Already, the policies implemented since the President's Plan was released are expected to cut nearly 3 billion tons of carbon pollution between 2020 and 2025. That is an amount equivalent to taking more than 600 million cars off the road for a year."

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