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Oct. 5, 2016—In December 2015, nations from across the globe gathered in Paris to announce an historic agreement to combat climate change. The Paris Agreement established a strong global consensus to reduce carbon pollution and set the world on a low-carbon course. For the agreement to go into effect, 55 countries representing 55 percent of global emissions had to formally join. In September 2016, the United States and China—countries that represent 40 percent of emissions—officially joined. And today, the world crossed the threshold needed to bring the Paris Agreement into force.
Speaking from the Rose Garden, President Obama welcomed this historic step in our global efforts to combat climate change.
The President’s Climate Action Plan aims to cut U.S. climate pollution, prepare America for climate change impacts and galvanize global efforts to address climate change.
The Climate Action Plan aims to ensure all nations are acting in unison to address climate change and to ensure a clean, stable environment for future generations.
The plan commits to:
- Cut Climate Pollution in America. Setting limits on climate pollution will reduce U.S. dependence on fossil fuels and move our economy toward clean and efficient energy sources and technologies. This will create new jobs, lower energy bills and improve health for Americans.
- Prepare the United States for the Impacts of Climate Change. Building on lessons from Hurricane Sandy, the plan will provide climate preparedness tools and information to state, local, and private-sector leaders, ensuring all regions have what they need to safeguard local homes and economies.
- Lead International Efforts to Address Global Climate Change. The United States will galvanize global action to address climate change, ensuring no country is acting alone. Among other actions, the plan will:
Last updated: October 11, 2016