Whether or not carbon pollution significantly contributes to climate change is open for discussion and interpretation. That debate occurs every day around the water cooler, and everyone has their own opinion. On June 25, 2013, President Obama delivered a speech about carbon pollution in regards to his Climate Action Plan. Is the plan about carbon pollution or is that just the tip of the iceberg?

Three key pillars are addressed in the plan each with multiple action items. The three pillars are: 1) cut carbon pollution in America, 2) prepare the United States for the impacts of climate change, and 3) lead international efforts to combat global climate change and prepare for its impacts.

Cut Carbon Pollution in America

The action items for the first pillar include deploying clean energy, building a 21st century transportation sector, cutting energy waste in homes, businesses, and factories, reducing other greenhouse gas emissions, and leading at the federal level.

Preparing for the Impacts of Climate Change

The action items for the second pillar include building stronger and safer communities and infrastructure, protecting our economy and natural resources, and using sound science to manage climate impacts.

Combating Global Climate Change

The action items for the last pillar include working with other countries to take action to address climate change and leading efforts to address climate change through international negotiations.

The plan addresses many areas other than carbon pollution. Are you impacted by the plan? You bet! How? Well that remains to be seen. RS&H continues to review the plan and can provide you with additional information if you have any questions.

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Elizabeth High
Elizabeth High
Liz is as an environmental specialist and Geographic Information System (GIS) analyst in the San Antonio office. She has over six years of experience in environmental compliance consulting and permitting with an emphasis on GIS and spatial analysis.