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  • bluecheese4u bluecheese4u Jun 19, 2013 2:41 PM Flag

    Top White House climate adviser vows Obama will act soon

    Top White House climate adviser vows Obama will act soon

    By Zack Colman - 06/19/13 10:32 AM ET

    President Obama's top climate adviser on Wednesday vowed that “meaningful” action on global warming was coming soon.

    Heather Zichal, the deputy assistant to the president on energy and climate change, said she didn’t want to get “in front of the big man” and unveil specific plans during an event in Washington, D.C., hosted by The New Republic.

    She spoke broadly, however, of bolstering energy efficiency, expanding clean energy on public lands and using various “tools” -- including the Clean Air Act -- to address climate.

    Zichal’s comments come as speculation grows that the administration is preparing sweeping climate change proposals. Bloomberg reported that Obama has told donors he will take action next month.

    Capitol Hill has been left guessing what the White House is cooking up on climate, though Zichal's comments shed some light on the plan.

    Rep. Henry Waxman (D-Calif.), the top Democrat on the House Energy and Commerce Committee, told The Hill on Tuesday that he understands Obama will reveal his actions “soon.”

    “What they’re going to announce, I don’t know,” said Waxman, who recently joined Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I.) to discuss climate issues with White House chief of staff Denis McDonough.

    But any climate measures from the president will likely face opposition from Republican lawmakers who are wary of further regulations they say hamper businesses.

    Many Republicans also dispute or deny the scientific consensus that human activity is contributing to global warming. Some disagree altogether that growing greenhouse gas concentrations are baking the planet, or that the world is getting warmer.

    Obama in his State of the Union address though vowed to act on climate change if Congress does not, saying it would be a second-term priority.

    Zichal said the president is focused on “depoliticizing” climate policy as he prepares to roll out

 
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