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  • bluecheese4u bluecheese4u Jun 20, 2013 8:09 PM Flag

    OVERNIGHT ENERGY: As Obama preps climate plan, DOE official talks energy emissions

    OVERNIGHT ENERGY: As Obama preps climate plan, DOE official talks energy emissions

    By Zack Colman - 06/20/13 06:29 PM ET

    FRIDAY'S AGENDA: A top Energy Department official on Friday will discuss a recent International Energy Agency (IEA) report that focuses on reducing greenhouse gas emissions in the energy sector.

    Deputy Energy Secretary Daniel Poneman's appearance at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace-hosted event comes as President Obama is preparing to roll out a climate change plan.

    That plan, which is expected within weeks, will include a focus on greenhouse gas emissions from power plants.

    Heather Zichal, Obama's top adviser on energy and climate, said this week that the administration is moving toward finalizing such rules for new power plants — some observers think standards for existing facilities might also be in the offing.

    The Friday event centers on the IEA report, which makes specific recommendations that the energy sector can “quickly and effectively” implement “at no net economic cost.”

    The report, titled “Redrawing the Energy-Climate Map,” warns that without action by the energy sector, international efforts to keep global temperature increases below 2 degrees Celsius by 2020 could be in jeopardy.

    The IEA “argues that the international community must limit the average global temperature increase to no more than 2 degrees Celsius to avoid potentially catastrophic climate change. But the world is far away from reaching this target and some say there are worrying signs that this issue has slipped down the policy agenda,” an advisory states.

    Other speakers at the 9 a.m. event include Fatih Birol, chief economist with IEA, and Polly Trottenberg, undersecretary for policy at the Department of Transportation.


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