Obama climate plan pushes RE

President Barack Obama’s second-term climate change strategy to be unveiled in the coming weeks will expand permitting of solar and wind energy development on public lands, says White House energy adviser Heather Zichal.

It will also include measures that promote energy efficiency and tougher Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) regulations for new and existing large greenhouse gas emission sources such as power plants and refineries.

Zichal provided few specifics, telling a Washington, DC, conference that the plan will focus on “key opportunities” and can be carried out through the executive branch. The Republican majority in the House of Representatives flatly opposes Obama’s climate agenda, and rejects new funding for green initiatives. Coal-state Democrats in the Senate also reject climate legislation.

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