President Obama Announces Environmental Accord
President Obama believes that no challenge poses a greater threat to our children, our planet, and future generations
than climate change — and that no other country on Earth is better equipped to lead the world towards a solution.
That’s why under President Obama’s leadership, the UnitedStates has done more to combat climate change than ever
CUT CARBON POLLUTION
• Established the first-ever national carbon pollution standards for power plants, the largest source of carbon pollution in our country. The CleanPower Plan gives states flexible, cost-effective tools to cut carbon pollution from these plants by 32% from 2005 levels by 2030 while preventing thousands of premature deaths and tens of thousands of childhood asthma attacks by reducing other power plant emissions.
• Set standards to double the fuel economy of passenger vehicles by 2025 and established the first-ever fuel economy standards for medium and heavy-duty trucks.
• Launched the American Business Act on Climate Pledge, with major American companies voicing support for a strong international climate agreement in Paris and making major new commitments to cut carbon pollution, boost clean energy, and increase low-carbon investment. As of the latest round of pledges in October, 81 businesses — representing all 50 states, 9 million people, and a combined market capitalization of more than $5 trillion — committed to support the Paris climate process.
• Developed and are implementing a strategy to reduce methane emissions, including new standards to cut emissions from oil and gas development as well as support for new technologies to detect and measure methane emissions.
• Announced independent private-sector commitments and executive actions to drive down cumulative global consumption of hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs), a class of highly potent climate pollutants.
• Reduced the Federal Government’s greenhouse gas emissions by morethan 17 percent and set a new aggressive goal of reducing federal emissions by 40 percent from 2008 levels by 2025.
•Partnered with agricultural producers to cut emissions and increase carbon sequestration in the agricultural and forestry sectors throughvoluntary and incentive-based measures.
•Improved monitoring and measurement of land-sector greenhouse gas emissions
• Announced support for strong international climate action by more than 300 colleges and universities, who signed the American Campus Act on Climate Pledge.