By Laura Barron-Lopez - 09/18/14 03:59 PM EDT
The Obama administration is preparing a "full-court press" ahead of next week's U.N. climate summit where the president will use his speech to "call on world leaders to keep their ambitions high."
On a call with reporters on Thursday, senior adviser John Podesta said the administration is taking the U.N. summit in New York on Tuesday "seriously" in order to "show that the U.S. is committed to lead the fight against climate change."
While the meeting next week isn't meant for negotiating, it offers Obama an opportunity to "showcase" actions the U.S. has taken.
"We don't have time to dabble with climate denial," Podesta quipped while noting the U.S. is currently dealing with raging wildfires, ongoing drought and rising sea levels.
The administration's carbon pollution rules on existing power plants and latest actions to phase out a popular coolant found in air conditioners and refrigerators will be on the mouths of every Cabinet member.
The administration will also tout actions announced Thursday to boost energy efficiency and solar power in homes and businesses, which would reduce carbon emissions 300 million metric tons by 2030.
Obama won't stop there, Podesta said. Early next week the president will announce more executive actions on aid to vulnerable populations to help build up resilience to the impacts of climate change.
"We're running a full-court press," he said, to sound the alarm across the country about the risks of climate change, and tout the administration's progress under the president's agenda.
"This week and next, members of the Cabinet are going out around the country, amplifying the president's message that the time for ambitious climate action is now," he said.
Starting on Friday, the Office of Management and Budget director, Shaun DonovanShaun DonovanOvernight Finance: Dems turn up heat on Wells Fargo | New rules for prepaid cards | Justices dig into insider trading law GOP reps warn Obama against quickly finalizing tax rules Obama requests .6B in aid for Louisiana floods MORE, will speak at the liberal think tank Center for American Progress on the implications of global warming on the federal budget.
On Monday, Treasury Secretary Jack LewJack LewWyden seeks IRS info on firms linked to Panama Papers Treasury issues rules cracking down on offshore tax deals Overnight Finance: Jobless claims near record low | Cops bust IRS phone scam in India | Republican demands Iran sanctions docs MORE will visit the Brookings Institute to discuss how the U.S. can cut carbon pollution and grow the economy at the same time.
"It will be the first speech of its kind by a sitting Treasury secretary," Podesta said.
Later in the week, Agriculture Secretary Tom VilsackThomas J. VilsackUSDA: Farm-to-school programs help schools serve healthier meals OVERNIGHT MONEY: House poised to pass debt-ceiling bill MORE will be in New York touting new commitments, and Interior Secretary Sally JewellSally JewellU.S. veterans call on Obama Administration to finalize a strong natural gas waste rule now Overnight Energy: Flint deal clears way for funding bill Climate change is a refugee issue too MORE will be in California spreading the message as well.
Along with Obama, Environmental Protection Agency chief Gina McCarthyGina McCarthyGlobal climate pact may bump into Senate roadblock House Dems push EPA on fracking study Watchdog: EPA was too slow to act on Flint MORE will attend the climate summit in New York and meet with CEOs of major corporations to reach deals on more climate commitments.
Finally, Transportation Secretary Anthony FoxxAnthony FoxxGreat Lakes senators seek boost for maritime system Feds create advisory panel for self-driving cars Safety agency falls behind in rulemaking for hazardous materials MORE will be in the North East to discuss "climate-smart transit."