How President Obama's climate change plan is panning out
On Monday, President Barack Obama announced new financial incentives for homeowners and builders to adopt renewable energy technology like solar panels and smart grid technology in order to protect our environment. This isn't the first unprecedented action Obama has taken to tackle climate change -- in fact, he's done more than any other president in the nation's history.
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President Obama's quest to limit the effects of climate change started back in June of 2013. He announced his Climate Action Plan, a series of executive actions aimed at reducing carbon pollution and preparing the US for the effects of climate change. Then in November of that year, Obama announced a National Drought Resilience Partnership in order to help communities be better prepared for future droughts.
Take a peek at renewable energy sources below:
In February of 2014, the Department of Transportation announced public transport agencies would use $55 million to acquire zero-emission buses. That same month, Obama directed the DOT to develop new fuel efficiency standards for medium and high duty vehicles by 2016.
The president even took his climate change initiative to China, making a deal where the U.S. promised to cut carbon emissions by 26 to 28 percent by 2025, and China agreed to cut emissions by 2030.
See images from President Obama's initial announcement:
Most recently in August, Obama announced he would limit carbon emissions from all US power plants by 32% from 2005 levels by 2030.
See the countries contributing most to CO2 emissions below:
All of these examples of Obama's efforts to tackle climate change are just the tip of the melting iceberg.