President Barack Obama declared the debate over climate change and its causes obsolete Tuesday and announced a wide-ranging plan to tackle pollution and prepare communities for global warming.
During an hour-long speech at Georgetown University, Obama warned Americans of the deep and disastrous effects of climate change, urging them to take action before it’s too late. Obama announced he was directing the Environmental Protection Agency to launch first-ever federal regulations on heat-trapping gases emitted by new and existing power plants — “to put an end to the limitless dumping of carbon pollution.”
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The Associated Press contributed to this report.
Obama’s energy plan
- Power plant emissions: Put limits on amount of carbon that new and existing power plants can release.
- Renewable energy: Expand permitting for renewable energy projects on public lands.
- Climate change protections: Direct federal agencies to support local efforts to fortify roads, utilities and other public works against climate change and rising sea levels.