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2012 Action Plan

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The 2012 Action Plan is now available.
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PCAP's 2012 Recommendations by Agency

PCAP Plan Two Page Summary

Between 2007 and 2011, the Presidential Climate Action Project (PCAP) engaged hundreds of thought leaders to produce scores of recommendations on how the President of the United States could improve the nation's climate and energy security.

Now with the help of the Rockefeller Brothers Fund, PCAP has been revived for the 2012 election season. PCAP logo 2012

As before, we are engaging some of America's most distinguished thought leaders. As before, we will emphasize policies and programs the President can implement with his existing executive authorities and without further action by Congress. And as before, we will encourage this year's presidential candidates to address climate change and energy security head-on.

PCAP's operating assumptions also remain the same:

  • Energy and climate security are not partisan issues.
  • Solutions must serve the public interest rather than special interests, when the two diverge.
  • To meet the challenges of the 21st Century, economic recovery is not enough. We need economic transformation to achieve a dynamic, robust, competitive, secure and sustainable economy.
  • There is no "silver bullet" to arrest climate change or to protect ourselves from energy crises. We must update or replace the rules, regulations, programs and policies formed by and for the carbon era.
  • Climate and energy security are extraordinarily urgent issues that require bold leadership and can no longer be ignored. When Congress fails to act, the President must, with all the tools and powers he can legally use.

Confronting big challenges is what we Americans do. Addressing climate change and energy security are the biggest opportunity for new jobs and industries, a dynamic economy, lasting peace and a better quality of life for our children. Just as important, they are an opportunity to prove again that a free society and open market are capable of dealing with the most serious of threats.

No candidate for pubic office should be allowed to ignore these issues.

Ending the Silence on Climate Change

Watch this very informative interview in which Bill Moyers converses about "ending the silence" on global climate change with Anthony Leiserowitz of the Yale Project on Climate Change Communication.

Diverse Commission Unveils Plan to Double U.S. Energy Productivity

A diverse coalition of energy leaders has unveiled a set of recommendations designed to double U.S. energy productivity by 2030.

Chaired by U.S. Senator Mark Warner (D-Va.) and National Grid U.S. President Tom King, the Alliance Commission on National Energy Efficiency Policy calls for growing the U.S. economy through investments, modernization and education. These efforts will target the entire energy structure, including buildings, transportation, manufacturing, power generation and natural gas infrastructure.

If adopted, by 2030 the U.S. could:

  • Add 1.3 million jobs;
  • Cut average household energy costs
  • Save American businesses $169 billion a year;
  • Increase GDP by up to 2%;
  • Decrease energy imports by more than $100 billion a year; and
  • Reduce CO2 emissions by one-third.

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What's New

Remarks by the President on Climate Change

President Barack Obama has announced a comprehensive plan to take executive action on global climate change. Read the full text of his historic speech here.

President Obama Announces America's Most Comprehensive Climate Action Plan

Read The President's Climate Action Plan

Read The President's Climate Fact Sheet

National Academy of Sciences: U.S. Tax Code Isn't a Good Tool for Fighting Climate Change

Read the study

A National Strategy to Make Us Stronger

The Center for American Progress has proposed a strategy for President Obama to assess and improve the nation's resilience as we repair and rebuild infrastructure.

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A National Strategy to Make Us Stronger

The Center for American Progress has proposed a strategy for President Obama to assess and improve the nation's resilience as we repair and rebuild infrastructure.

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Up in Smoke

A new report tallies up the impact of the world's major industries on natural capital. Its conclusion: Pollution and the loss of ecosystem services are costing the global economy about $4.7 trillion per year.

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