President Obama announced several executive actions last week that will grow our solar energy industry and reduce our energy waste, which will help to cut carbon pollution and create clean energy jobs. This comes on the heels of the National Climate Assessment, which painted a very sobering picture about the impacts that climate disruption is already having on communities all across our country. The President is using his authority to lead by example, because he knows it’s time to tackle climate change.
His announcement was centered on a public-private partnership that will take several steps to expand the solar sector and increase energy efficiency. This includes working with housing providers and businesses including Apple and Google to install more solar power nationwide. The Department of Energy (DOE) will also invest in job training programs at community colleges, so more people right here in America have the skills they need to work in the solar industry. Simultaneously, the President is working with state and local governments to decrease energy waste in our nation’s buildings, and issuing standards that will make appliances like electric motors and walk-in freezers more energy efficient—saving taxpayers and consumers money while cutting our carbon footprint.
The Obama Administration has made it a priority to lead by example, which is why the White House roof now has American-made solar panels that can generate 6.3 kilowatts of solar power. The White House has also been retrofitted to be more energy efficient by updating things like building controls and variable-speed fans.
These initiatives will build off the President’s Climate Action Plan, which will place the first-ever federal limits on the amount of carbon pollution that power plants can spew into our air. President Obama is taking these critical steps because as the recent National Climate Assessment confirmed, we are already experiencing the impacts of climate change and must act.