Democrats are committed to curbing the effects of climate change, protecting America’s natural resources, and ensuring the quality of our air, water, and land for future generations. From investing in clean-energy to protecting our ecosystems, the Obama administration and Democrats are working to address our biggest environmental challenges, paving the way to a more sustainable America.
Here’s what Democrats and President Obama have done:
- Under the Obama administration, the Department of Transportation and the EPA issued new fuel-economy standards, the first meaningful increases in fuel economy for cars and light trucks in decades.
- We’ve increased our use of solar energy twenty fold since President Obama took office, and tripled our electricity produced by wind power.
- In June 2013, President Obama laid out a Climate Action Plan to reduce the harmful effects of climate change.
- President Obama instructed the Environmental Protection Agency to take steps to regulate carbon dioxide emissions from coal-fired power plants, which are the largest concentrated source of emissions in the United States. These proposed steps will reduce carbon pollution 30% from 2005 levels by 2030.
- And in November of 2014, the President announced a landmark agreement with China to work together to reduce carbon pollution in the next 15 years.
For decades it has been clear that the way Americans produce and consume energy is not sustainable. Democrats are committed to sustainable solutions to protect our environment and grow our economy.
It will take all of us acting together — workers and entrepreneurs, scientists and citizens, the public and the private sector—to address the challenge of climate change and seize our clean-energy future.