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President Obama to unveil climate plan Tuesday

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President Barack Obama will unveil details about his climate change strategy this Tuesday at a talk at Georgetown University in Washington, DC.

According to a video posted to the White House front page, his vision will include a national plan to reduce carbon pollution, prepare the country for impacts of climate change, and lead global climate efforts.

Calling climate change a “serious challenge”, and one that is “uniquely suited” to America’s strengths, the President calls on farmers, engineers, businesses, and citizens to work together. This announcement comes on the heels of the signing of a new agreement between the United States and China on hydrofluorocarbons, or HFCs, earlier this month. HFCs have replaced HCFCs (hydrochlorofluorocarbons) in air conditioning and refrigeration systems in response to their impact on atmospheric ozone. However, the replacement HFCs are potent greenhouse gases.

The President is expected to use executive powers to reduce carbon pollution, rather than relying on Congressional action. The Administration has kept most climate change issues in a holding pattern in recent months while it works to shepherd Gina McCarthy’s nomination to lead the EPA through the Senate while nailing down the particulars on emissions rules for new power plants. The power plant emission rules are controversial and likely to involve the courts. In 2008, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that the EPA has authority to regulate greenhouse gases as pollutants under the Clean Air Act.

The President’s strategy will likely include efforts to boost clean energy development domestically and spur adaptation measures, such as securing coastlines and ports for vulnerable communities.

You can watch the announcement this Tuesday at 1:35PM Eastern at whitehouse.gov/live.

David Wogan About the Author: An engineer and policy researcher who writes about energy, technology, and policy - and everything in between. Based in Austin, Texas. Comments? david.m.wogan@gmail.com Follow on Twitter @davidwogan.

The views expressed are those of the author and are not necessarily those of Scientific American.





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  1. 1. Shoshin 1:24 pm 06/23/2013

    Another ill conceived and ill fated piece of legislation by one the the top three least scientifically informed presidents of the 21st Century.

    A perfect example of what happens when community organizers are left alone to play with each other without adult supervision.

    Fortunately it will be DOA.

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  2. 2. Sisko 9:06 am 06/24/2013

    Let’s actually read what is proposed before deciding if it is a good or poor proposal

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  3. 3. drafter 10:54 am 06/24/2013

    Sisko
    It’s from the government therefore it will be a poor proposal.

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  4. 4. sault 10:55 am 06/24/2013

    LOL…this isn’t legislation, Shoshin…it’s executive action. Learn the difference. And it seems your political beliefs have led you to believe some silly things.

    Since CO2 traps heat and we’ve increased its concentration in the atmosphere by OVER 40% with no signs of slowing down, we need to act to bring our emissions under control. The scientific link between CO2 emissions is rock-solid and 98% of climatologists agree. Accordingly, EVERY MAJOR scientific and technological body like the National Academy of Sciences, the Royal Society and countless others have looked at this rock-solid body of evidence / consensus of the experts and they agree, without exception, that CO2 emissions are changing the climate. Undoubtedly, it is YOU who is “least scientifically informed[sic]“!

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  5. 5. sault 11:03 am 06/24/2013

    Well, since Congress is too dependent upon campaign donations and anonymous attack ads funded by fossil fuel companies to move forward on this issue, it’s up to the Executive Branch to act. It looks like CO2 standards for existing power plants will be the major effective piece of Obama’s plan. While this will help to get us on-track for our near-term emissions reductions goals, we’re going to need a lot more heavy-hitting policy than what is being proposed currently to stay under the 2C warming threshhold that climate scientists have determined is not a good idea to cross.

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  6. 6. Scienceisnotagenda 12:09 pm 06/24/2013

    Too funny…is Obama advocating less auto production, reduction in housing starts, etc? no…lip service as usual. Growth, growth and more growth….the mantra of industrial societies.

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