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Obama to preview climate change plan in Tuesday speech

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“In my inaugural address, I pledged that America would respond to the growing threat of climate change for the sake of our children and future generations,” Obama said in a video message released Saturday afternoon.


“This Tuesday, at Georgetown University, I’ll lay out my vision for where I believe we need to go: a national plan to reduce carbon pollution, prepare our country for the impacts of climate change, and lead global efforts to fight it,” Obama said.

His top climate adviser said last Wednesday that the plan would address energy efficiency, expanding clean energy on public lands, and using various “tools” – including the Clean Air Act – to address climate.

Climate advocates have long pressed the Environmental Protection Agency to begin writing rules to curb emissions from the nation’s existing fleet of power plants, in addition to rules floated in draft form last year that apply to new plants.

“We welcome reports that President Obama will begin to reduce carbon pollution from power plants because they are the largest uncontrolled domestic source of climate pollution. Cleaning up power plants is essential to protect public health and reduce the threat of climate related extreme weather events,” said Daniel J. Weiss, the director of climate strategy at the Center for American Progress, a liberal think tank.

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