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What Obama’s ‘Climate Action Plan’ Has In Store

The president moves on climate change. We’ll look at his program and its likely impact — climate-wise and economy-wise.

Last month, carbon dioxide levels in the atmosphere, greenhouse gases, hit the historic level of 400 parts per million — deep in the danger zone.

Tuesday, President Barack Obama rolled out a big, new plan for the United States to rein in greenhouse gas emissions, to do America’s part in attacking global climate change.

The plan skirts Congress, where gridlock has ruled on climate issues. It riles conservatives who just say no to the whole idea. It will be challenged on legal grounds, economic grounds. But it’s out there now. And it’s bold.

This hour, On Point: The president’s push on climate.

–Tom Asbhrook

Guests

Coral Davenport, energy and environment correspondent for The National Journal (@CoralMDavenport)

Joe Romm, fellow at the Center for American Progress and editor of Climate Progress.

David Kreutzer, research fellow in energy economics and climate change at the Heritage Foundation’s Center for Data Analysis. (@dwkreutzer)

Video

On Tuesday, June 25, President Obama spoke on climate change at Georgetown University. Read the transcript or watch his full address:

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The White House: Fact Sheet: President Obama’s Climate Action Plan — “We have a moral obligation to leave our children a planet that’s not polluted or damaged, and by taking an all-of-the-above approach to develop homegrown energy and steady, responsible steps to cut carbon pollution, we can protect our kids’ health and begin to slow the effects of climate change so we leave a cleaner, more stable environment for future generations.”

The White House: Infographic: President Obama’s Plan To Fight Climate Change — “President Obama has announced a series of executive actions to reduce carbon pollution, prepare the U.S. for the impacts of climate change, and lead international efforts to address global climate change.”

President Obama’s ‘Climate Action Plan’

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