WH cranks up heat ahead of UN summit

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."

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Roughly 125 heads of state from across the globe are expected to attend the daylong summit, which is meant to build momentum for climate negotiations in Paris next year where attendees will work to sign an international treaty on 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 L. S. DonovanHouse Dems call on OMB to analyze Senate budget plan Overnight 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 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 LewJacob (Jack) Joseph LewTech relishes role as Trump antagonist Overnight Tech: EU investigates Apple's Shazam buy | FCC defends GOP commissioners CPAC visit | Groups sue FTC for Facebook privacy records | A big quarter for Google Treasury pushes back on travel criticism with data on Obama-era costs 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 James 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 JewellSarah (Sally) Margaret JewellInterior Dept. officials call CNN correspondent 'a f---ing idiot' Zinke and his wife took security detail on vacation to Turkey, Greece: report Zinke: I never took a private jet anywhere MORE will be in California spreading the message as well.

Along with Obama, Environmental Protection Agency chief Gina McCarthyRegina (Gina) McCarthyPruitt granted extension to file financial disclosure form Pruitt's 24/7 security requested over fears of Trump policy backlash EPA documents detail threats against Pruitt 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 Renard FoxxGeorgia Power says electricity at Atlanta airport will likely be restored by midnight Ex-Obama transportation chief on Atlanta airport power outage: 'Total and abject failure' To address America's crumbling infrastructure, follow Britain's lead MORE will be in the North East to discuss "climate-smart transit."