According to White House adviser for energy, Heather Zichal, President Obama would outline the steps for tackling climate change during the weeks following this, while confirming what president was privately telling donors.
She said that administration plans do include measures which do not require any congressional action like pushing standards of energy efficiency for appliances, production with clean-energy on the public land as well as the regulations to control emissions of carbon dioxide from the power plants.
She also said that Obama seems serious about turning it in a priority which is second-term and that president was quite focused over commonsense measures for dealing with this threat.
In the previous weeks, at the fund raisers that were closed-door, president told donors from Democratic party that he would reveal proposals for climate during July in order to control emissions of greenhouse gas.
The promise of Obama frequently comes while responding to pleas from the donors to have the proposal of TransCanada Corp.’s Keystone XL project rejected, a project worth $5.3 billion which would carry the oil with tar-sands to US refineries from Canada, as said by the ones who attended this session. The opponents say that that Keystone would cause the emissions of greenhouse to increase by encouraging the use of tar sands.
As yet, Obama has not told the donors what he would do regarding Keystone that requires permit by the president. Instead, Zichal discussed the actions that are taken by the administration and also promised much effort for tackling this job.
The plans of administration for Environmental Protection Agency rules regarding emissions of greenhouse gas from the power plants are closely being watched by environmentalists. Standards for the new plants were proposed last year by EPA, and it is late with issuing final regulations.
Still, the agency necessarily needs to establish the standards for the plants that exist, one rule which Natural Resources Defense Council has estimated would cut the release of carbon dioxide by 26%.
Zichal said that in this near term, they were quite focused about the equation’s part of power plant. She also said that administration would pursue wind and solar installations over the public lands, along with using Energy Department to set the standards of efficiency for appliances.