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  • Climate Change is a National Security Issue

  • Champions of Change: People of Faith Acting on Climate

  • Celebrating Five Years of the National Ocean Policy

    This week marks the anniversary of a significant milestone in the journey to improve ocean governance in the United States: five years ago, on July 19, 2010, President Obama signed an Executive Order creating the first National Ocean Policy and a Federal interagency National Ocean Council (NOC), which we co-chair, to implement it.

  • Modernizing our Electric Transmission Infrastructure and Driving the Development of Clean Energy

    President Obama is committed to improving the nation’s electric grid and spurring the development of renewable energy. Today, the Administration is announcing new investments in the next generation of power transmission and smart grid technology in 13 states and executive actions that will make it easier and faster to permit transmission lines.

  • Join a Google+ Hangout on Building Climate Change Resilience through Community Service

  • President Obama Designates 3 New National Monuments, Protecting More than 1 Million Acres of Public Land

    This addition of three national monuments will protect more than 1 million acres of public land, adding to the more than 260 million acres of public lands and waters President Obama has protected for future generations -- more than any other President.

  • Increasing Solar Access for All Americans

    Today, the White House, along with Congressman Cummings and Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake, announced a new initiative to increase solar access for all Americans, including low- and moderate-income communities, and expand opportunities to join the solar workforce.

  • 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.