Obama's climate plan

20 Cards

CURATED BY Brad Plumer

2014-08-04 12:10:20 -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?

  3. Card 3 of 20

    Why have US carbon-dioxide emissions fallen since 2005?

    US carbon-dioxide emissions from energy sources have fallen roughly 10 percent between 2005 and 2013:

    Eia_2013emissions_1_medium

    There are a couple of big reasons for the drop:

    • There was a massive recession in 2008, which meant less economic activity and less energy use. That drove US emissions down for a few years.
    • Americans have been driving less since 2005. They've also been buying more fuel-efficient cars and trucks in response to new regulations.
    • Electric utilities have been using less coal to generate power, in part because a domestic boom in shale drilling has led to a glut of cleaner natural gas. (Burning natural gas for electricity produces roughly half the carbon-dioxide that burning coal does.) Cleaner wind power has also become a bigger source of electricity in recent years.

    Energy analysts don't expect these trends to last, however. As the economy continues to recover, emissions are projected to go back up (see chart). Meanwhile, natural gas prices have been rising from their previous low levels. As a result, coal-fired power made a comeback in 2013. The White House has argued that new policy steps are necessary to make sure emissions keep falling in the years ahead.

  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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