Implementing the President’s Climate Action Plan: Actions the Department of the Interior Should Take to Address Climate Change
In June 2013, President Obama announced a plan to address climate change using the existing authorities of the Executive Branch. The President’s Climate Action Plan contains domestic measures that are designed to reduce U.S. carbon emissions approximately 17 percent below 2005 levels by 2020. The plan also called for the United States to be better prepared for the effects of climate change, and in November 2013, the President signed an Executive Order advancing this effort. The Department of the Interior (DOI) is an important partner in implementing the President’s Climate Action Plan. The plan calls on DOI to reduce methane emissions; accelerate clean energy permitting; contribute to efforts that prepare the U.S. for the effects of climate change; protect wildlife; develop actionable climate science; and help Indian tribes adapt to climate change.
This report recommends several specific actions DOI should take in carrying out the President’s Climate Action Plan. These recommendations are based on suggestions submitted to the Bicameral Task Force on Climate Change by over 200 groups ranging from environmental organizations and efficiency advocates to electric utilities and Fortune 500 companies. They also reflect input from leading academics and experts.
- Reduce Methane Pollution from Oil, Gas, and Coal Production
- Increase Clean Energy Deployment on Federal Land and Revise Policies that Subsidize Fossil Fuels
- Advance Government-wide Adaptation Planning
- Protect Habitat for Endangered and Threatened Species
- Assist American Indian Tribes with Climate Adaptation
- Bolster USGS Climate Research
- Encourage Timely Release of Related Climate Measures