June 01, 2015

True Costs: DOI Must Account for Carbon Pollution

Jim Murphy

Over the last few years, we have seen unprecedented steps toward meaningful carbon reduction: the introduction of the first-ever proposed rules to address carbon pollution from the power sector, standards to increase vehicle miles and reduce transportation sector emissions, and strides toward improving efficiency and promoting clean energy like offshore wind. President Obama, in addition to his 2013 Climate Action Plan to reduce the nation’s emissions by 17 percent by 2020, has recently made more aggressive international agreements for carbon pollution reductions. Last fall, he agreed with China to lower U.S. emissions of carbon 26 percent by 2025 and reiterated that commitment in a March agreement with Mexico, seeking an aspiration goal of carbon emissions reductions of 28 percent by 2025.

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