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CAP on the President's Climate Action Plan

On June 25, President Barack Obama introduced his Climate Action Plan to reduce greenhouse gas pollution, advance clean energy sources, and make the United States more resilient in the face of climate change. Here are our proposed next steps, described in this collection of columns and briefs.

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Next Steps to Reduce Methane Emissions from Landfills

The Obama administration’s recently released methane strategy is the latest step to address climate change, but additional action is required to reduce emissions of this powerful greenhouse gas.

By Matt Kasper | Wednesday, April 16, 2014

5 More Items for President Obama’s Climate Change To-Do List

These five clean energy and public health priorities for the president's second term are vital to slowing climate change and building on the clean energy successes of the past year.

By Daniel J. Weiss, Jessica Goad, and Shiva Polefka | Friday, January 24, 2014

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The Clogged Carbon Sink: U.S. Public Lands Are the Source of 4.5 Times More Carbon Pollution Than They Can Absorb

Public lands can help solve the climate crisis rather than worsen it.

By Jessica Goad and Matt Lee-Ashley | Thursday, December 5, 2013

Superstorm Sandy

5 Assignments for the Task Force on Climate Preparedness

President Barack Obama’s Task Force on Climate Preparedness must identify federal disaster-recovery and resilience costs and the revenue to pay for them.

By Daniel J. Weiss | Monday, October 21, 2013

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The Interior Department Is Halfway to Its New Renewables Goal, But Hurdles Remain

The Obama administration is seeking to double production of clean energy from public lands, a vital front in the war on climate change.

By Tom Kenworthy | Friday, August 9, 2013

Mount Charleston Wildfire

President Obama’s Resilience Plan Needs Federal Investments

The president and Congress should create a federal resilience fund for communities nationwide to invest in protection for people, homes, and businesses from future extreme weather events.

By Daniel J. Weiss | Tuesday, July 30, 2013

A Climate Action Plan for Affordable Multifamily Housing

Focusing on increasing the use of clean energy technologies in the affordable multifamily housing market would make families more secure and strengthen local economies.

By Bracken Hendricks, Adam James, and Bryan Lewis | Thursday, July 25, 2013

Government Financing for Clean Energy

article icon Issue Brief The president should enlist all federal credit programs in the fight against climate change.

By Richard W. Caperton | Thursday, July 18, 2013

President Obama’s Plan for Clean Energy and Energy Efficiency in Federal Buildings

The president’s call to reduce the size of the federal government’s enormous energy-consumption footprint could significantly curb the effects of climate change and help secure a cleaner, more stable environment.

By Mari Hernandez | Wednesday, July 17, 2013

President Obama at Georgetown

What President Obama’s Climate Plan Means for the Ocean

The president’s major speech on climate change set the stage for policies that will improve the health of our planet, including the 71 percent of it that is covered by oceans.

By Michael Conathan and Shiva Polefka | Wednesday, June 26, 2013

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10 Essential Pollution Reduction and Public Health Measures in President Obama’s Climate Plan

The president’s comprehensive plan outlines steps to reduce U.S. pollution, better coordinate international efforts to solve the problem of climate change, and provide additional protection from the effects of climate change.

By Richard W. Caperton, Daniel J. Weiss, and Andrew Light | Tuesday, June 25, 2013

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Moving Forward on Reducing Carbon Pollution

The Obama administration has made great strides in addressing climate change, but much more must and can be done.

By Richard W. Caperton and Daniel J. Weiss | Monday, June 24, 2013