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  • Estimating the Benefits from Carbon Dioxide Emissions Reductions

    By now, just about everyone accepts that carbon dioxide emissions from burning fossil fuels are warming our planet and changing our climate in harmful ways. With growing frequency we see headlines about extreme weather events such as heat waves, polar melting, severe drought, and violent storms—a dangerous mix whose costs for our economy and environment will only grow over time. Transitioning to a lower carbon economy is an essential step toward reducing these costs. The social cost of carbon (SCC) is a tool that helps Federal agencies decide which carbon-reducing regulatory approaches make the most sense—to know which come at too great a cost and which are a good deal for society.

  • The Administration Takes a Big Step in Addressing Climate-Damaging HFCs

    The Obama Administration today took decisive action on climate change by curbing the use of the potent greenhouse gases known as hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs)

  • Making Federal Investments Climate-Smart

    Climate action makes fiscal and economic sense, and that is why we are taking new steps to code it into the DNA of how we do business at OMB. Each year, OMB issues a revised Circular A-11. For the entire Executive Branch, the Circular provides the latest guidance and technical instruction on how to prepare, submit, and execute the Budget. Agencies are asked to submit budget requests that reflect the priorities of the Administration, including improving the efficiency and effectiveness of government and returning the highest value to the American taxpayer. To that end, for the first time, the Circular includes an explicit requirement for the entire Executive Branch to ensure that funding requests in support of Federal facilities align with the Administration’s climate preparedness and resilience goals.

  • Protecting Public Health and the Environment

    President Obama and his Administration are committed to protecting public health and the environment, while Congress is moving in the other direction.

  • Your Health and Our Environment: How Can We Protect Both?

    On Tuesday, the White House will convene a Summit to bring together health and medical professionals, academics, and other stakeholders to empower people and communities with the information and tools they need to protect public health in the face of climate change.

  • West Wing Week: 06/19/15 or, “Her Map & Compass”

    Welcome to the West Wing Week, your guide to everything that's happening at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue.

  • Deal Gives Back

  • Unleashing Climate Data and Tools to Empower America’s Transportation Sector

    Today, in a major step to advance the President’s Climate Data Initiative and the Climate Resilience Toolkit, the Obama Administration is providing data and tools that will help ensure our nation’s transportation systems are more resilient to the effects of climate change.

  • PHOTOS AND FACTS: What You Can Learn from the White House Honeybees

    Here's a few facts you might not know about these incredible creatures.

  • Chart of the Week: We’re Using More Clean Energy than Ever Before

    Under President Obama, we're generating more clean energy than ever before. Check out this chart of week to see why that's so important: