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In the speech, Obama outlined a series of actions that would enable the U.S. to meet its announced goal of reducing heat-trapping emissions 17 percent below 2005 levels by 2020, and steps that will better help communities prepare for the growing impacts of climate change.
Proposed actions include the development and finalization of EPA standards that set limits on carbon emissions for both new and existing power plants, improved energy efficiency standards for buildings and appliances, and increased deployment of renewable energy.
For more on Obama's climate action plan, as well as resources relevant to elements of his speech, please see below.
UCS Responds to Obama's Speech
From the UCS Blog
From the White House: The President's Climate Action Plan
UCS Resources and Links
Ramping Up Renewable Energy
Ramping Up Renewables: Energy You Can Count On
The United States can significantly increase renewable energy while maintaining a reliable, affordable, and cleaner energy system.
Reducing Coal Use
Ripe for Retirement: The Case for Closing America's Costliest Coal Plants
As many as 353 coal-fired power generators in 31 states — representing up to 59 GW of power capacity — are no longer economically viable compared with cleaner, more affordable energy sources.
Reducing Oil Use
Half the Oil: A Realistic Plan to Cut Projected U.S. Oil Use in Half in 20 Years
We have the practical solutions at hand to protect consumers, the climate, and our environment from the growing costs of our oil use.
The Many Benefits of Half the Oil
We can cut projected U.S. oil use in half over the next 20 years and create more than 1 million jobs, reduce annual oil spending by $550 billion, and eliminate 2 billion metric tons of global warming emissions per year by 2035.
Protecting Our Health and Environment
Steps the EPA Must Take to Reduce Global Warming Emissions
The president is ensuring that the EPA fulfills its legal obligation to protect our health and environment from the consequences of a warming world by reducing carbon pollution under the Clean Air Act.