Obama's climate plan

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CURATED BY Brad Plumer

2014-07-12 19:12:40 -0400

  1. What is Obama's plan to tackle global warming?
  2. Why does Obama want to cut U.S. emissions 17% by 2020?
  3. Why have US carbon-dioxide emissions fallen since 2005?
  4. What are the Obama administration's specific climate policies?
  5. What are US fuel-efficiency standards for cars and trucks?
  6. What are the EPA's carbon rules for new power plants?
  7. What are the EPA's rules for existing power plants?
  8. How will Obama's climate plan affect US emissions?
  9. Is Obama waging a "war on coal"?
  10. How are Republicans reacting to Obama's climate policies?
  11. What is the Keystone XL pipeline?
  12. Could you explain Keystone XL in a two-minute video?
  13. Could Obama's climate plan get blocked in courts?
  14. Are there other ways to reduce emissions?
  15. Can the US solve global warming on its own?
  16. Will the US need to adapt to global warming?
  17. Does the US have a climate plan for after 2020?
  18. You didn't answer my question!
  19. What else should I read about Obama's climate plan?
  20. How have these cards changed?
  1. Card 1 of 20

    What is Obama's plan to tackle global warming?

  2. Card 2 of 20

    Why does Obama want to cut U.S. emissions 17% by 2020?

    Back in 2009, at the UN climate talks in Copenhagen, the world's nations agreed that they should try to prevent the Earth's average temperature from rising more than 2° Celsius (or 3.6° Fahrenheit) above pre-industrial levels. (Temperatures have already risen about 0.8°C so far.)

    Staying under the 2°C ceiling will require most countries to cut their greenhouse-gas emissions drastically, but there's still a lot of disagreement on how to divvy up the responsibility. For now, the Obama administration has pledged to cut US emissions 17 percent between 2005 and 2020 — with the hope of negotiating more cuts with Europe, China, and other major emitters later on.

    Some climate experts think that the current US goals are insufficient. If you add up all the pledges that countries have made so far, an analysis by Ecofys found, the world is likely to heat up more than 3°C (or 5.4°F) above pre-industrial levels by the end of the century.

  3. Card 3 of 20

    Why have US carbon-dioxide emissions fallen since 2005?

  4. Card 4 of 20

    What are the Obama administration's specific climate policies?

  5. Card 5 of 20

    What are US fuel-efficiency standards for cars and trucks?

  6. Card 6 of 20

    What are the EPA's carbon rules for new power plants?

  7. Card 7 of 20

    What are the EPA's rules for existing power plants?

  8. Card 8 of 20

    How will Obama's climate plan affect US emissions?

  9. Card 9 of 20

    Is Obama waging a "war on coal"?

  10. Card 10 of 20

    How are Republicans reacting to Obama's climate policies?

  11. Card 11 of 20

    What is the Keystone XL pipeline?

  12. Card 12 of 20

    Could you explain Keystone XL in a two-minute video?

  13. Card 13 of 20

    Could Obama's climate plan get blocked in courts?

  14. Card 14 of 20

    Are there other ways to reduce emissions?

  15. Card 15 of 20

    Can the US solve global warming on its own?

  16. Card 16 of 20

    Will the US need to adapt to global warming?

  17. Card 17 of 20

    Does the US have a climate plan for after 2020?

  18. Card 18 of 20

    You didn't answer my question!

  19. Card 19 of 20

    What else should I read about Obama's climate plan?

  20. Card 20 of 20

    How have these cards changed?

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