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A Menu of Effective and Feasible Federal Solutions for the Administrationaper Exec

A Menu of Effective and Feasible Federal Solutions for the Administrationaper Exec

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The Obama administration can take steps today
that will help get us on the path toward achieving
three critical goals.
The Obama administration can take steps today
that will help get us on the path toward achieving
three critical goals.

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Taking Action on Clean Energy and Climate Protection in 2012

A Menu of Effective and Feasible Federal Solutions for the Administration
April 11, 2012

The Obama administration can take steps today that will help get us on the path toward achieving three critical goals: • Produce more clean energy and grow the economy. • Reduce pollution while saving energy and dollars. • Build more resilient and balanced economies and communities. The federal actions outlined below would achieve these goals, which are critical for accelerating the new clean energy economic transformation that has already begun and for moving forcefully into a new economic era defined by stronger industries, better infrastructure, and a steadily growing middle class. We detail these recommendations in our paper “Taking Action on Clean Energy and Climate Protection in 2012.” Here are the federal highlights.
To generate a significant percentage of our energy from low-carbon sources, the Obama administration can: • Encourage combined heat and power projects and waste-heat recovery projects to control industrial pollution under new Clean Air Act standards – page 11 • Form an action team at the Departments of Defense and Energy to increase the use of power-purchase agreements to achieve renewable electricity goals – page 11

To reduce the cost of clean energy deployment by attracting private investment, the Obama administration can: • Commit to a new 2013 through 2015 ramp-up period for financing international climate change reduction programs – page 18 • Fulfill a $1 billion pledge for tropical-forestry funding – page 19 • Issue tax guidance to enable the use of Qualified Energy Conservation Bonds for clean energy projects – page 20 To strengthen our economy by helping our industries and workers capture the economic opportunity of clean energy, the Obama administration can: • Ensure the federal government is greening its supply chain using Executive Order 13514 – page 23 • Develop a partnership between the U.S. ExportImport Bank and the Manufacturing Extension Partnership to support U.S. clean energy exports – page 24 • Expand the E3 Initiative to make manufacturers greener and more competitive – page 24 To realize significant energy savings in all sectors of our economy, the Obama administration can: • Initiate a Rehab-to-Rent program that converts government-owned vacant, foreclosed homes to affordable, energy efficient rentals – page 32

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• Promptly implement existing appliance standards – page 33 • Create a “green” real estate appraisal standard to ensure that energy costs are included in mortgage underwriting – page 34 • Provide leadership to ensure successful implementation of $2 billion commitment to retrofit federal buildings – page 35
To reduce greenhouse gas pollution with carbon prices and smart clean energy standards, the Obama administration can: • Lead efforts to phase out the production and use of hydrochlorofluorocarbons under the successful Montreal protocol – page 44 • Preserve “blue carbon” as key climate-mitigation strategy – page 45 • Finalize strong performance standards for regulating carbon dioxide pollution from power plants and oil refineries – page 45 • Use authority under the Clean Air Act to levy fees or require purchase of carbon permits by U.S.based airlines – page 46 • Ask the National Academy of Sciences to analyze the environmental consequences and life-cycle pollution of hydraulic fracturing, or “fracking” – page 46

To achieve oil savings, the Obama administration can: • Finalize rules to modernize fuel economy and carbon dioxide pollution standards for passenger cars and light trucks for model years 2017–2025 – page 52 To balance energy production with other economic and conservation priorities on public lands and waters, the Obama administration can: • Finalize and enact plan to safely site utility-scale solar power facilities on public lands – page 60 • Support the National Ocean Council’s implementation of America’s national ocean policy – page 61 • Create two new national monuments: Fort Ord in California and Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks in New Mexico – page 62 • Ensure the “Smart from the Start” program, which expedites offshore wind, is smart through the finish – page 63 • Certify the Powder River Basin in Wyoming as a coal production region – page 64

These sets of actions can be taken this year to boost clean energy, combat climate change, improve jobs growth, and promote our nation’s energy security. We don’t need to wait.

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