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In a speech today President Obama unveiled the United States’ new Climate Change Action Plan, which calls for a three-pronged approach to cut pollution, build resilience, and join international efforts to reduce global carbon emissions. The plan promises to invest in enough clean energy to power six million homes by 2020, while also improving the efficiency of federal buildings and appliances. It also promises to strengthen and reinforce roads, bridges and shorelines, as well as power plants and healthcare facilities, in order to help communities across America adapt to the inevitable impacts of climate change. The comprehensive plan involves a series of small, incremental changes that will put a meaningful dent in greenhouse gas emissions, but natural gas still forms part of the energy mix and the plan does not make any definitive judgement on the Keystone XL pipeline – and some critics say his actions to lead the international community to reduce global carbon emissions fall short of what is required to prevent a four degree global temperature increase by 2100.

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  1. GreatEmerald June 30, 2013 at 7:12 am

    Finally the subsidies are cut. Took them long enough to do that – here in Europe we have a carbon tax, not subsidies.

    So overall not bad. It could have been more, but the changes would have been too radical for people’s liking.

  2. GregVezina June 25, 2013 at 4:26 pm

    The U.S. President moves on regulating emissions from existing and new coal-fired power plants, while the Harper government in Canada recently exempted existing plants from new limits for fifty years, while at the same time increasing the emissions limits almost 20%. The Canadian regulations include broad transitional exemptions for existing coal-fired power plants that defined the end of the useful life of an existing coal-fired plant had been set to 45 years in the initial outline of the rules, but have been changed to 50 in the latest version. The new rules are “at the high end” of the 360 to 425 tonne per gigawatt hour range considered.
    We have had the technology to eliminate virtually all emissions for 50 years or more.
    The Nov. 2012 IEEE report, called the U.S. “Dual Fuel Strategy: An Energy Transition plan”, was based on a 1982 IEEE report, “An ammonia energy vector for the hydrogen economy” IJHE, Jan. 1982, 7 (4), pg. 355-359, which was based on a 1967 study by Prof. Leon Green, Jr., writing in Science magazine, called “Energy needs versus environmental pollution: A reconciliation?”, Science, vol. 156, pp.1448 -1450 1967.
    The long term consequences of the greenhouse effect due to CO2 buildup in the atmosphere are of serious concern. . . . To remove the offending elements (carbon and sulfur) from the fuel prior to combustion is a much more efficient and less expensive procedure than trying to clean up the combustion products. . . . Outlined below is a concept for energy generation in which the fossil fuels are not burned directly but serve as raw materials for the synthesis of a clean fuel. . . This clean fuel is ammonia. . . .”

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