Obama in Berlin

Obama Energy Plan Could Impact Buildings, Appliances

Obama in BerlinWhile in Berlin this week, President Barack Obama indicated he would use executive powers to do more to alleviate global warming, and some of those efforts will impact facility and energy managers.

Obama’s senior energy and climate adviser, Heather Zichal, said parts of the plan will boost the energy efficiency of appliances and buildings, plus expand renewable energy, according to the Associated Press. More contentiously, Zichal also said the Environmental Protection Agency would use its authority under the Clean Air Act to regulate emissions from coal-fired power plants. But Zichal indicated that none of the plan would require new legislation or funding.

Earlier this week, news outlets reported that President Obama had told Democratic Party donors at closed-door fundraisers that he would unveil a new climate change plan in July.

Perhaps setting the stage for his plan, Obama said in Berlin, “The effort to slow climate change requires bold action, and on this, Germany and Europe have led…But we know we have to do more.”

The President’s comments in Berlin buoy his State of the Union address in January when he announced the Energy Security Trust.

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