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Newsmotion - Energy and Environment http://newsmotion.org/taxonomy/term/32/all en A New Solar Energy Job-Training Pilot Program for Veterans http://newsmotion.org/feed-story-en/new-solar-energy-job-training-pilot-program-veterans <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> A New Solar Energy Job-Training Pilot Program for Veterans </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-datetime field-field-date"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">Thu, 09/18/2014</span> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-teaser"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Solar energy is shattering records in the United States. Since President Obama took office, installed solar power has increased 13-fold, topping nearly 16 gigawatts today &ndash; enough to power the equivalent of 3.2 million average American homes. As solar energy continues to grow, it is becoming a major source of high-paying American jobs &ndash; employing nearly 143,000 full-time professionals last year.</p> <p>During the next decade, the solar industry is slated to grow even more. The next generation of skilled professionals will be key to the industry&rsquo;s effort to meet the demand for this clean, renewable energy. That&rsquo;s why the Energy Department is launching a pilot solar installation training program to provide military veterans who are transitioning out of active duty with the skills needed to become the leaders of the nation&rsquo;s clean energy economy.</p> <p>The solar industry has long taken a leading role in hiring veterans, employing more service members than any other sector in the U.S. Building on this tradition, the <a href="http://energy.gov/eere/sunshot/sunshot-initiativehttp:/energy.gov/eere/sunshot/sunshot-initiative">SunShot Initiative&rsquo;s</a> <a href="http://energy.gov/eere/sunshot/solar-instructor-training-network">Solar Instructor Training Network</a> &ndash; which aims to train 50,000 new solar installers in total by 2020, some of who will be veterans &ndash; is partnering with up to three military bases to create a veterans solar job training pilot project this fall.</p> <p><a href="http://www.whitehouse.gov/blog/2014/09/18/new-solar-energy-job-training-program-veterans" target="_blank">read more</a></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-link field-field-url"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="field-label-inline-first"> Story URL:&nbsp;</div> <a href="http://www.whitehouse.gov/blog/2014/09/18/new-solar-energy-job-training-program-veterans" target="_blank">http://www.whitehouse.gov/blog/2014/09/18/new-solar-energy-job-training-program-...</a> </div> </div> </div> <a href= Dan Utech Energy and Environment Official United States United States Veterans White House Thu, 18 Sep 2014 20:52:00 +0000 feed 332701 at http://newsmotion.org U.S. Companies Leading to Reduce Emissions of HFC Climate Pollutants http://newsmotion.org/feed-story-en/us-companies-leading-reduce-emissions-hfc-climate-pollutants <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> U.S. Companies Leading to Reduce Emissions of HFC Climate Pollutants </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-datetime field-field-date"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">Tue, 09/16/2014</span> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-teaser"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Today, fulfilling a commitment under the President&rsquo;s <a href="http://www.whitehouse.gov/sites/default/files/image/president27sclimateactionplan.pdf">Climate Action Plan</a>, the Obama Administration is announcing new private sector commitments and executive actions to reduce emissions of hydroflourocarbons (HFCs), powerful greenhouse gases that exacerbate climate change.&nbsp; Taken together, these commitments will reduce cumulative global consumption of HFCs by the equivalent of 700 million metric tons of carbon dioxide through 2025. That&rsquo;s an amount equal to 1.5% of the world&rsquo;s 2010 greenhouse gas emissions&mdash;or, in other words, it&rsquo;s like taking nearly 15 million cars off the road for 10 years.</p> <p>HFCs, used primarily in air conditioning and refrigeration, are greenhouse gases with up to 10,000 times the global warming potential of carbon dioxide. Unless we act, U.S. emissions of these potent greenhouse gases would nearly double by 2020 and triple by 2030.</p> <p>Announced today, U.S. industries are leading the way in helping fulfill the President&rsquo;s pledge by investing billions of dollars to develop and deploy the next generation of safe, cost-effective alternatives to HFCs, and by incorporating these climate-friendly technologies into the cars, air conditioners, refrigerators, foams and other products they manufacture and use.</p> <p><a href="http://www.whitehouse.gov/blog/2014/09/16/us-companies-leading-reduce-emissions-hfc-climate-pollutants" target="_blank">read more</a></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-link field-field-url"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="field-label-inline-first"> Story URL:&nbsp;</div> <a href="http://www.whitehouse.gov/blog/2014/09/16/us-companies-leading-reduce-emissions-hfc-climate-pollutants" target="_blank">http://www.whitehouse.gov/blog/2014/09/16/us-companies-leading-reduce-emissions-...</a> </div> </div> </div> <a href= China Energy and Environment India Jairam Ramesh John Podesta Montréal Official United States White House Tue, 16 Sep 2014 18:18:57 +0000 feed 331565 at http://newsmotion.org #WomenInSTEM: Making a Cleaner Future http://newsmotion.org/feed-story-en/womeninstem-making-cleaner-future <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> #WomenInSTEM: Making a Cleaner Future </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-datetime field-field-date"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">Tue, 09/09/2014</span> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-teaser"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Ed. note: This is cross-posted on the U.S. Department of Energy&#39;s blog. See the original post <a href="http://energy.gov/articles/womeninstem-making-cleaner-future">here</a>.</p> <p></p> <p class="rteright"><a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=imYZpvuDKqs">Watch on YouTube</a></p> <p>Meet Mallory Lindgren, a project manager at a Minnesota-based land and energy development consulting firm, and the latest profile in the Energy Department&rsquo;s <a href="http://energy.gov/articles/new-energygov-video-series-highlights-women-stem-fields">#WomenInSTEM</a> video series. This series celebrates the amazing work of women across the energy sector while providing a new generation of students with a diverse set of role models as they begin their careers in science.</p> <p>Mallory&rsquo;s interest in STEM (short for science, technology, engineering, and math) dates back to her childhood and a curiosity about the how the Earth&rsquo;s natural systems work. Growing up, Mallory&rsquo;s mother encouraged this inquisitiveness through Star Trek and other science-based TV shows. But it was an environmental science class in college that helped Mallory understand how different fields of science are related and led to a degree in hydrology and, eventually, her career in the energy sector.</p> <p><a href="http://www.whitehouse.gov/blog/2014/09/09/womeninstem-making-cleaner-future" target="_blank">read more</a></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-link field-field-url"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="field-label-inline-first"> Story URL:&nbsp;</div> <a href="http://www.whitehouse.gov/blog/2014/09/09/womeninstem-making-cleaner-future" target="_blank">http://www.whitehouse.gov/blog/2014/09/09/womeninstem-making-cleaner-future</a> </div> </div> </div> Energy and Environment Mallory Lindgren Matty Greene Meet Mallory Lindgren Minnesota Minnesota Official Rebecca Matulka Rebecca Matulka Matty Greene White House Tue, 09 Sep 2014 16:08:01 +0000 feed 328712 at http://newsmotion.org The Land and Water Conservation Fund and the Wilderness Act Turn 50 http://newsmotion.org/feed-story-en/land-and-water-conservation-fund-and-wilderness-act-turn-50 <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> The Land and Water Conservation Fund and the Wilderness Act Turn 50 </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-datetime field-field-date"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">Wed, 09/03/2014</span> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-teaser"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p class="p1">Fifty years ago today, President Lyndon Johnson signed two landmark bills, ushering in a new era of conservation.</p> <p class="p2">The Land and Water Conservation Fund Act codifies the simple premise that when we take something from the earth, we have a responsibility to give something back. Using revenues from offshore oil and gas development, the Land and Water Conservation Fund has made critical investments in nearly every county in the United States. The LWCF has been used to increase access to the outdoors for hunting, fishing, and other recreation, to protect iconic places like National Parks and Civil War battlefields, and to advance over 40,000 local projects.</p> <p class="p2">Thanks to the Wilderness Act, more than 109 million acres of wild land have received our country&rsquo;s strongest protections, ensuring that future generations can continue to enjoy these places as they are today, and as they were hundreds of years ago. Designated wildernesses promote clean air and water, provide habitat for iconic wildlife, and protect places of incomparable natural beauty for all Americans to experience and enjoy.</p> <p class="p2">But more than that, these laws protect what the novelist Wallace Stegner called &ldquo;the geography of hope,&rdquo; a vision of the American continent in all its vastness, its wildness, its natural power. &ldquo;Something will have gone out of us as a people if we ever let the remaining wilderness be destroyed,&rdquo; Stegner wrote in 1960. &ldquo;We need wilderness preserved &mdash; as much of it as is still left, and as many kinds &mdash; because it was the challenge against which our character as a people was formed.&rdquo;</p> <p><a href="http://www.whitehouse.gov/blog/2014/09/03/land-and-water-conservation-fund-and-wilderness-act-turn-50" target="_blank">read more</a></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-link field-field-url"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="field-label-inline-first"> Story URL:&nbsp;</div> <a href="http://www.whitehouse.gov/blog/2014/09/03/land-and-water-conservation-fund-and-wilderness-act-turn-50" target="_blank">http://www.whitehouse.gov/blog/2014/09/03/land-and-water-conservation-fund-and-w...</a> </div> </div> </div> Energy and Environment John Podesta Lyndon Johnson Mike Boots Mike Boots John Podesta Official United States United States Wallace Stegner White House Wed, 03 Sep 2014 15:50:15 +0000 feed 326559 at http://newsmotion.org Happy 98th Birthday to the National Park Service http://newsmotion.org/feed-story-en/happy-98th-birthday-national-park-service <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Happy 98th Birthday to the National Park Service </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-datetime field-field-date"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">Mon, 08/25/2014</span> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-teaser"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><img alt="" src="http://www.whitehouse.gov/sites/default/files/image/goatnps.png" /></p> <p>From our spacious skies and fruited plains to our purple mountain majesties, the United States boasts some of the world&#39;s most breathtaking natural lands. On August 25, 1916, President Woodrow Wilson created the National Park Service to formally protect and preserve these lands so people all over the world could experience America&#39;s historic beauty and heritage for years to come.</p> <p>Today, the National Park Service manages 401 national parks and memorials, which supported 238,000 jobs and pumped more than $26 billion into local economies last year. In fact, for every $1 we invest in our national parks, our economy sees $10 in return.</p> <p>Take a glimpse at what the National Park Service has been working to preserve for 98 years, and follow the <a href="https://twitter.com/NatlParkService">National Park Service</a> and the <a href="https://twitter.com/Interior">U.S. Department of Interior</a>&nbsp;on Twitter to see more of what makes America so beautiful. &nbsp;</p> <p><a href="http://www.whitehouse.gov/blog/2014/08/25/happy-98th-birthday-national-park-service" target="_blank">read more</a></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-link field-field-url"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="field-label-inline-first"> Story URL:&nbsp;</div> <a href="http://www.whitehouse.gov/blog/2014/08/25/happy-98th-birthday-national-park-service" target="_blank">http://www.whitehouse.gov/blog/2014/08/25/happy-98th-birthday-national-park-serv...</a> </div> </div> </div> Energy and Environment Grab Bag Official Tanya Somanader Tanya Somanader United States United States White House Woodrow Wilson Mon, 25 Aug 2014 16:29:59 +0000 feed 323115 at http://newsmotion.org Environmental Educators and Students Honored at White House Ceremony http://newsmotion.org/feed-story-en/environmental-educators-and-students-honored-white-house-ceremony <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Environmental Educators and Students Honored at White House Ceremony </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-datetime field-field-date"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">Thu, 08/14/2014</span> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-teaser"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>This week, we welcomed outstanding students and teachers from across the country to the White House for the Presidential Environmental Education Awards National Recognition Ceremony. We were wowed by their smarts, their ingenuity, and their commitment to environmental issues.&nbsp;</p> <p>Climate change and environmental problems are some of the greatest challenges of our time. Climate impacts threaten lives and livelihoods &mdash; from more frequent and intense drought, storms, fires, and floods to higher insurance premiums, property taxes, and food prices. Current and future generations of public servants, scientists, educators, and entrepreneurs will have to work together to solve these problems.</p> <p>Fortunately for all of us, these impressive students and teachers are doing great work, and the President&rsquo;s Environmental Education Awards honor that spirit. Since 1971, the President has joined with EPA to recognize the importance of environmental education in protecting our nation&rsquo;s air, water, land, and ecology. One outstanding student project and up to two outstanding teachers can be selected from each EPA region for national recognition.&nbsp;</p> <p>When Deepika Kurup of New Hampshire came face-to-face with a lack of access to clean drinking water in India, she took action, building water purifiers that use a chemical reaction catalyzed by sunlight to kill common bacteria. Meanwhile, students in California created &ldquo;Donate, Don&rsquo;t Dump,&rdquo; a campaign to get surplus and short-dated food from grocers, growers, and food companies to the hungry rather than sent to landfills. The campaign has grown into a teen-run nonprofit with 20 chapters in 4 states and 4,000 members. &nbsp;</p> <p><a href="http://www.whitehouse.gov/blog/2014/08/14/environmental-educators-and-students-honored-white-house-ceremony" target="_blank">read more</a></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-link field-field-url"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="field-label-inline-first"> Story URL:&nbsp;</div> <a href="http://www.whitehouse.gov/blog/2014/08/14/environmental-educators-and-students-honored-white-house-ceremony" target="_blank">http://www.whitehouse.gov/blog/2014/08/14/environmental-educators-and-students-h...</a> </div> </div> </div> Administrator Gina McCarthy Mike Boots California California Charlene Mauro Energy and Environment Florida Gerard Reymore Gina McCarthy Gulf Breeze India India Mike Boots New Hampshire New Hampshire Official Randolph Vermont White House Thu, 14 Aug 2014 20:47:18 +0000 feed 319062 at http://newsmotion.org U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit: Climate Change Makes Sustainable Development Crucial to Africa http://newsmotion.org/feed-story-en/us-africa-leaders-summit-climate-change-makes-sustainable-development-crucial-africa <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit: Climate Change Makes Sustainable Development Crucial to Africa </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-datetime field-field-date"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">Tue, 08/05/2014</span> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-teaser"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>This week, more than 40 heads of state and government from across Africa are joining President Obama in Washington for the first-ever <a href="http://www.whitehouse.gov/us-africa-leaders-summit">U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit</a>. Since 2000, the continent has seen enormous progress. Rates of extreme poverty and hunger are down. The number of new HIV infections in sub-Saharan Africa dropped by almost 40 percent between 2001 and 2012. Access to education and health care is on the upswing.</p> <p>As a result, Africa today is a continent of opportunity. Six of the 10 fastest-growing economies are on the African continent, driven by a rising middle class and a generation of optimistic young people. By 2035, the continent will have a working-age population bigger than that of China or India.</p> <p>This is the time for the United States and African leaders to look beyond the crises of the moment to the opportunities the next 10 to 15 years have in store &mdash; which is why the theme of this week&rsquo;s Leaders Summit is &ldquo;Investing in the Next Generation.&rdquo;</p> <p>A key part of that agenda hinges on helping African nations develop sustainable economies whose future growth is not constrained by the threat of climate change and environmental degradation. That&rsquo;s why the Leaders Summit highlights the ways that the United States and Africa are partnering to address both the drivers and impacts of climate change.</p> <p><a href="http://www.whitehouse.gov/blog/2014/08/05/us-africa-leaders-summit-climate-change-makes-sustainable-development-crucial-africa" target="_blank">read more</a></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-link field-field-url"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="field-label-inline-first"> Story URL:&nbsp;</div> <a href="http://www.whitehouse.gov/blog/2014/08/05/us-africa-leaders-summit-climate-change-makes-sustainable-development-crucial-africa" target="_blank">http://www.whitehouse.gov/blog/2014/08/05/us-africa-leaders-summit-climate-chang...</a> </div> </div> </div> <a href= China Energy and Environment India India John Podesta Malabo Official Sub Saharan Africa sub-Saharan Africa Sub-Saharan Africa; Africa U.S. United States United States WASHINGTON Washington White House Tue, 05 Aug 2014 20:03:00 +0000 feed 315685 at http://newsmotion.org John Podesta: "The Cost of Inaction" http://newsmotion.org/feed-story-en/john-podesta-cost-inaction <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> John Podesta: &quot;The Cost of Inaction&quot; </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-datetime field-field-date"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">Tue, 08/05/2014</span> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-teaser"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Today, John Podesta, Counselor to the President, sent the following message to the White House email list. Want to be on the list?&nbsp;<a href="http://www.whitehouse.gov/email-updates">Sign up for updates.</a></p> <p>The facts are in. The science is definitive. The question is no longer whether climate change is happening, but whether we can afford not to act.</p> <p>In the western United States, changes in our climate are fueling wildfire seasons that are longer and more intense -- putting people, communities, and businesses at risk.</p> <p>As we&#39;re seeing right now, wildfires unquestionably have devastating impacts on the lives of many Americans. This weekend, California declared a state of emergency as two major wildfires scorched acres of land, threatening towns and forcing many to evacuate. These are just two of the 14 fires that are currently burning throughout the state.</p> <p>Make no mistake: The cost of inaction on wildfires and climate change is too high a price for Americans to pay, particularly when we have a chance to address this right now.</p> <p><a href="http://www.whitehouse.gov/share/it-only-takes-three-minutes-see-why-we-must-act-climate-change">Watch as President Obama&#39;s Science Advisor Dr. John Holdren breaks down exactly why this is a problem that we must meet head-on -- and pass it along to someone who needs to see it.</a></p> <p><a href="http://www.whitehouse.gov/share/it-only-takes-three-minutes-see-why-we-must-act-climate-change"><img alt="" src="http://www.whitehouse.gov/sites/default/files/image/podestawildfiregif2.gif" /></a></p> <p><a href="http://www.whitehouse.gov/blog/2014/08/05/john-podesta-cost-inaction" target="_blank">read more</a></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-link field-field-url"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="field-label-inline-first"> Story URL:&nbsp;</div> <a href="http://www.whitehouse.gov/blog/2014/08/05/john-podesta-cost-inaction" target="_blank">http://www.whitehouse.gov/blog/2014/08/05/john-podesta-cost-inaction</a> </div> </div> </div> California California Energy and Environment John Holdren John Podesta Official Tanya Somanader Tanya Somanader United States United States western United States White House Tue, 05 Aug 2014 17:55:01 +0000 feed 315686 at http://newsmotion.org New Report: The Cost of Delaying Action to Stem Climate Change http://newsmotion.org/feed-story-en/new-report-cost-delaying-action-stem-climate-change <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> New Report: The Cost of Delaying Action to Stem Climate Change </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-datetime field-field-date"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">Tue, 07/29/2014</span> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-teaser"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p class="p1">The signs of climate change are all around us. The average temperature in the United States during the past decade was 0.8&deg; Celsius (1.5&deg; Fahrenheit) warmer than the 1901-1960 average, and the last decade was the warmest on record both in the United States and globally. Global sea levels are currently rising at approximately 1.25 inches per decade, and the rate of increase appears to be accelerating.</p> <p class="p1">The scientific consensus is that these changes, and many others, are largely consequences of anthropogenic emissions of greenhouse gases that have led to a warming of the atmosphere and oceans.</p> <p class="p1">The Council of Economic Advisers released a <a href="http://www.whitehouse.gov/sites/default/files/docs/the_cost_of_delaying_action_to_stem_climate_change.pdf">report</a> today that examines the economic consequences of delaying implementing policies to reduce the pace and ultimate magnitude of these changes; the findings emphasize the need for policy action today. The report was written under the leadership of Jim Stock, who recently resigned as a Member of the Council of Economic Advisers to return to his teaching position at Harvard University.</p> <p class="p1">KEY POINTS IN TODAY&rsquo;S REPORT FROM THE COUNCIL OF ECONOMIC ADVISERS</p> <p class="p1"><b>1. Immediate action substantially reduces the cost of achieving climate targets.</b> Taking meaningful steps now sends a signal to the market that reduces long-run costs of meeting the target. Such action will reduce investments in high-carbon infrastructure that is expensive to replace and will spur development of new low- and zero-emissions technologies. For both reasons, the least-cost mitigation path to achieve a given climate target typically starts with a relatively low price of carbon to send these signals to the market, and subsequently increases as new low-carbon technologies are developed and deployed. An analysis of research on the cost of delay for hitting a specified climate target suggests that net mitigation costs increase, on average, by approximately 40 percent for each decade of delay.</p> <p><a href="http://www.whitehouse.gov/blog/2014/07/29/new-report-cost-delaying-action-stem-climate-change" target="_blank">read more</a></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-link field-field-url"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="field-label-inline-first"> Story URL:&nbsp;</div> <a href="http://www.whitehouse.gov/blog/2014/07/29/new-report-cost-delaying-action-stem-climate-change" target="_blank">http://www.whitehouse.gov/blog/2014/07/29/new-report-cost-delaying-action-stem-c...</a> </div> </div> </div> climate Energy and Environment Jason Furman Jason Furman John Podesta Jim Stock John Podesta Official United States United States West Antarctic White House Tue, 29 Jul 2014 15:26:36 +0000 feed 313003 at http://newsmotion.org Join a Twitter Q&A on Climate Change and the Cost of Inaction http://newsmotion.org/feed-story-en/join-twitter-qa-climate-change-and-cost-inaction <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Join a Twitter Q&amp;A on Climate Change and the Cost of Inaction </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-datetime field-field-date"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">Tue, 07/29/2014</span> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-teaser"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p class="p1">Climate change is not a distant threat &ndash; we&#39;re already experiencing its harmful impacts. That&#39;s why President Obama has taken action to cut carbon pollution by moving to cleaner sources of energy and improving the energy efficiency of our cars, trucks, and buildings. But further steps are urgently needed to ensure that we leave our kids a planet that&rsquo;s not polluted or damaged.</p> <p class="p1">Today, the White House released a new <a href="http://www.whitehouse.gov/sites/default/files/docs/the_cost_of_delaying_action_to_stem_climate_change.pdf">report</a> from the Council of Economic Advisers that breaks down the economic consequences of delaying action to combat climate change. The report finds that delaying policy actions by a decade increases total climate change mitigation costs by about 40%, and failing to take any action would risk substantial economic damage.</p> <p class="p1">So how will this affect you and your community? Jason Furman, Chairman of the Council of Economic Advisers, is taking to Twitter to answer your questions. Today, July 29 at 2:30 p.m. ET, join him for a Twitter Q&amp;A on the economic impacts of climate change on his Twitter handle, <a href="http://twitter.com/ceachair">@CEAChair</a>.</p> <p class="p1">Here&#39;s what you need to know:</p> <ul> <li> Ask your questions now and during the live event on Twitter with the hashtag #WHClimateChat</li> <li> Follow the Q&amp;A live through the <a href="http://twitter.com/ceachair">@CEAChair</a> Twitter handle</li> <li> If you miss the live Q&amp;A, the full session will be posted on&nbsp;<a href="http://whitehouse.gov/">WhiteHouse.gov</a>&nbsp;and&nbsp;<a href="http://storify.com/whitehouse">Storify.com/whitehouse</a></li> </ul> <p>Learn more about President Obama&#39;s plan to combat climate change at <a href="http://whitehouse.gov/climate-change">WhiteHouse.gov/climate-change</a>, and then join Jason Furman, <a href="http://twitter.com/ceachair">@CEAChair</a>,&nbsp;for a Twitter chat today, July 29, at 2:30 p.m. ET.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-link field-field-url"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="field-label-inline-first"> Story URL:&nbsp;</div> <a href="http://www.whitehouse.gov/blog/2014/07/29/join-whclimatechat-cost-inaction-0" target="_blank">http://www.whitehouse.gov/blog/2014/07/29/join-whclimatechat-cost-inaction-0</a> </div> </div> </div> <a href= Alex Wall climate Energy and Environment Jason Furman Official White House Tue, 29 Jul 2014 14:38:21 +0000 feed 313004 at http://newsmotion.org