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Under President Obama’s leadership, our country has taken historic steps to combat climate change, one of the greatest challenges facing our nation and our planet.
The President’s vision has led to a dramatic increase in the amount of energy produced from clean, renewable wind and solar, while decreasing our carbon pollution by over 9% and growing the overall economy, proving smart environmental policies and economic growth go hand-in-hand. President Obama set forth these ambitious goals in the 2013 Climate Action Plan, which affirmed our moral obligation to tackle climate change and committed the U.S. to reducing climate pollution, preparing for climate change’s impacts, and leading global climate cooperation. A signature achievement of this plan was the finalization of the EPA’s Clean Power Plan in 2015, which established the first-ever national standards for carbon pollution from power plants.
- Finalized the EPA’s Clean Power Plan, tackling the single-largest source of climate pollution in our country representing the single largest step our nation has ever taken to address the climate crisis. Under the Clean Power Plan, state-based reduction targets collectively reduce carbon pollution from the electricity sector by 32% from 2005 levels by 2030, saving lives and spurring the growth of the clean energy economy.
- Finalized the first-ever standards to reduce methane pollution from the oil and gas industry, which contributes to climate change and harms air quality and public health. The EPA’s limits on methane from new sources in the oil and gas sector, will reduce pollutants that contribute to smog, yielding $690 million in climate benefits by 2025. The DOI’s Methane and Waste Prevention Rule, covering both new and existing sources, reduces methane pollution that is leaked, vented, and flared on our public lands. These updated standards will reduce natural gas waste by enough to heat about 740,000 homes each year while also providing revenue to states and tribes and ensuring taxpayers get a fair return for the use of their resources.
- Set historic fuel economy standards for our nation’s passenger vehicles, medium and heavy-duty trucks, and new energy-efficiency standards for appliances and equipment, which will reduce billions of metric tons of carbon pollution by 2030.
- Through executive action and private-sector commitments, cut cumulative global consumption of super-pollutant hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs) by the equivalent of over a billion metric tons of carbon by 2025.
- Reduced the federal government’s climate pollution by over 17% and set an aggressive goal of reducing the government’s emissions by 40% from 20087 levels by 2025.
- Established the Task Force on Climate Preparedness and Resilience to help respond to the needs of communities dealing with the impacts of climate change.