President Obama in a video released by the White House on Saturday announced that he would release his much-anticipated plan to combat climate change Tuesday, looking to press forward on a second-term promise to significantly reduce carbon emissions.
“In my inaugural address, I pledged that America would respond to the growing threat of climate change for the sake of our children and future generations,” Obama said in the video, previewing his remarks. “This Tuesday at Georgetown University, I’ll lay out my vision for where I believe we need to go.”
Obama called warming temperatures “a serious challenge” but one “unique suited to America’s strengths,” saying the United States would lay the foundation for a global, “clean-energy economy.”
He added, “There’s no single step that we can take to reverse the effects of climate change, but when it comes to the world we leave our children, we owe it to them to do what we can.”
Obama did not get into the specifics of his climate blueprint, but his framework will include tighter rules for power plants, a push for more energy-efficient buildings and appliances and additional green energy development on public lands, a White House official said.
With little appetite for climate-change legislation in the Republican-controlled House, Obama will rely on his Environmental Protection Agency to implement stricter green regulations, including on existing power plants.
Obama has faced mounting pressure from environmentalists to focus on climate change after largely ignoring the issue in his first term. At the same time, Obama is weighing whether to block the Keystone Pipeline, which would carry oil from Canada to Gulf Coast refineries.