In the latest step under his Climate Action Plan, President Obama signed a Memorandum on December 5th directing the Federal Government to consume 20% of its electricity from renewable sources by 2020—more than double the current level.
The Obama Administration has taken significant steps to strengthen the climate resilience of America’s communities and economy. Today, President Obama signed an Executive Order that directs Federal agencies to take a series of steps to make it easier for American communities to strengthen their resilience to extreme weather and prepare for other impacts of climate change.
Recognizing that large storms are expected to grow more frequent and more severe as a result of climate change, the Federal Government has partnered with states, cities, communities, and other stakeholders to make the Sandy-affected region -- and all of America -- more resilient. This goal is a guiding principle of President Obama’s Climate Action Plan.
Over the past year, the Obama Administration has worked diligently to apply the latest developments in science and technology (S&T) to Sandy-rebuilding efforts -- and to do so in ways that are scalable and relevant to resilience-building activities in other regions. S&T-driven efforts undertaken over the past year include: