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Obama to unveil first-ever US climate change strategy | Environment | guardian.co.uk

Barack Obama is due to map out America's first climate change strategy on Tuesday, cutting greenhouse gas emissions from power plants, shoring up coastlines against flooding and sea level rise, and helping advance an international climate deal, White House officials said.

The much-anticipated speech, due at Georgetown University on Tuesday afternoon, will for the first time set out a course of actions designed to reduce the emissions that cause climate change, as well as protect Americans from its worst consequences. They offer the first clear view of how Obama intends to make good on his sweeping promises to act on climate change in his second term.

Administration officials, briefing reporters ahead of the speech, said Obama would reiterate his commitment to cutting America's greenhouse gas emissions 17% from 2005 levels by the end of the decade. The president would use his executive authority to initiate a number of "steady and responsible steps" in order to meet that target.

Any idiot can face a crisis - it's day to day living that wears you out.
by ceebs (ceebs (at) eurotrib (dot) com) on Tue Jun 25th, 2013 at 03:49:56 PM EST
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by afew (afew(a in a circle)eurotrib_dot_com) on Wed Jun 26th, 2013 at 01:50:29 AM EST
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I don't know about all greenhouse gas emissions, but cutting 17% of CO2 emissions from 2005 levels is a little over 1000 million metric tons of CO2 (total 2005: 5999 mmt).

In 2012 total emission was already down to 5290 mmt - or a reduction of nearly 12% compared to 2005. The increases in (shale?) gas and the decline in coal are visible in the EIA numbers, but I don't see whether (or how) the impact of renewables is reflected. Also noteworthy: fuel ethanol production has more than tripled since 2005.

Practically, Obama committed himself to a 5 percent decrease up to 2020. A cynical person could comment that bit more fracking should do the job.

by Bjinse on Wed Jun 26th, 2013 at 06:02:55 AM EST
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