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Obama working on major effort to curb climate change, aide says

From the June 20, 2013 issue of Public Power Daily

Originally published June 20, 2013

By Jeannine Anderson

Senior White House officials said yesterday that President Obama "is preparing a major policy push on climate change, including, for the first time, limits on greenhouse gas emissions from new and existing power plants, as well as expanded renewable energy development on public lands and an accelerated effort on energy efficiency in buildings and equipment," The New York Times reported.

The president "is serious about making it a second-term priority," said Heather Zichal, the White House coordinator for energy and climate change, at a forum in Washington, D.C. sponsored by The New Republic magazine. "He knows this is a legacy issue," she said. Zichal "suggested in her remarks that a central part of the administration's approach to dealing with climate change would be to use the authority given to the Environmental Protection Agency to address climate-altering pollutants from power plants under the Clean Air Act," the Times said.

Zichal said the new policy initiatives will be announced "in the weeks ahead," according to The Washington Post. Some environmental advocates who attended the Washington forum said they expected the president's plan to be released as early as next week, the Post said.

In a speech at the Brandenburg Gate in Berlin yesterday, President Obama called climate change the "global threat of our time" and said that "bold action" will be required to address it. "Our dangerous carbon emissions have come down, but we know we have to do more -- and we will do more," he said.

"With a global middle class consuming more energy every day, this must now be an effort of all nations, not just some," the president said. "The grim alternative affects all nations -- more severe storms, more famine and floods, new waves of refugees, coastlines that vanish, oceans that rise. This is the future we must avert. This is the global threat of our time."

"Shortly after his return to Washington, Mr. Obama is set to unveil measures targeting emissions from U.S. power stations," reported the British newspaper The Independent.


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