In a speech at Georgetown University, President Barack Obama outlined a new climate change plan and said the State Department should not sign off on the Keystone XL oil pipeline if it increases greenhouse gas emissions.
Obama said the plan includes new rules to restrict carbon pollution from power plants and promote renewable energy sources and new energy-efficiency standards.
As part of his “climate action plan,” Obama said he would direct new efforts to brace the nation for existing effects of climate change, including hotter temperatures and stronger storms; he also pledged to seek new global agreements on climate change.
Obama also said he would direct the Interior Department to permit new wind, solar, and other renewable energy projects on public lands, enough to power more than 6 million homes by 2020.
Almost all of the president’s plan involves executive actions that do not require congressional approval.