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."
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. DonovanYang: 'Defund the police is the wrong approach for New York City' New York mayoral candidates go viral for vastly underestimating housing costs Five things to watch in the New York City mayoral race 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 LewThe Hill's Morning Report - Biden argues for legislative patience, urgent action amid crisis On The Money: Senate confirms Yellen as first female Treasury secretary | Biden says he's open to tighter income limits for stimulus checks | Administration will look to expedite getting Tubman on bill Sorry Mr. Jackson, Tubman on the is real 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 VilsackTom 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 JewellBiden leans on Obama-era appointees on climate OVERNIGHT ENERGY: EPA declines to tighten key air pollution standards | Despite risks to polar bears, Trump pushes ahead with oil exploration in Arctic | Biden to champion climate action in 2021 OVERNIGHT ENERGY: EPA proposes reapproving uses of pesticide linked to brain damage in children | Hispanic caucus unhappy with transition team treatment of Lujan Grisham | Schwarzenegger backs Nichols to lead EPA MORE will be in California spreading the message as well.
Along with Obama, Environmental Protection Agency chief Gina McCarthyGina McCarthyThe Hill's 12:30 Report - Presented by Mastercard - Dems hit the gas on Biden agenda The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Charter Communications - Tornado deaths high; Chris Wallace shocker Overnight Energy & Environment — White House announces new climate office MORE will attend the climate summit in New York and meet with CEOs of major corporations to reach deals on more climate commitments.
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