Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Changes for Obama Climate Goals Do Not Need Congressional OK

U.S. President Barack Obama pauses during his his year-end news conference in the White House briefing room in Washington, December 20, 2013. (Credit: Reuters/Jonathan Ernst) Click to enlarge.
A group of business leaders, energy experts and former government leaders believes that the Obama administration could tackle climate change by taking measures that do not require congressional approval, according to a report released on Tuesday.

The 207-page report contained about 200 recommendations on how President Barack Obama can use executive authority to advance the climate change action plan he announced in June. It was released by former Colorado Governor Bill Ritter, who briefed U.S. cabinet officials and senior policy staff focused on energy and climate policy last week.

The recommendations focus on five areas:

  1. doubling energy efficiency;
  2. financing renewable energy;
  3. producing natural gas more responsibly;
  4. developing alternative fuels and vehicles; and
  5. helping utilities adapt to the country's changed energy landscape.
Changes for Obama Climate Goals Do Not Need Congressional OK:  Report

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