President Obama's Climate Action Plan

"We, the people, still believe that our obligations as Americans are not just to ourselves, but to all posterity. We will respond to the threat of climate change, knowing that the failure to do so would betray our children and future generations. Some may still deny the overwhelming judgment of science, but none can avoid the devastating impact of raging fires and crippling drought and more powerful storms." - President Obama, 2nd Inaugural Address, January 2013

President Obama's Climate Action Plan was put forth to cut carbon pollution, prepare the U.S. for climate impacts, and to lead international efforts to combat climate change. The plan creates a task force of state, local, and tribal leaders to advise the federal government on actions to support local efforts to prepare for climate change. The task force “will provide recommendations on removing barriers to resilient investments” as well as modernize grant and loan programs, according to the plan.

Regarding preparing the nation for climate impacts, the plan states: "The federal government has an important role to play in supporting community-based preparedness and resilience, and ensuring that federal operations and facilities continue to protect and serve citizens in a changing climate." 

The Adaptation measures addressed in the plan include:

- Directing Agencies to Support Climate-Resilient Investment
- Establishing a Task Force on Climate Preparedness
- Supporting Communities as they Prepare for Climate Impacts
- Boosting the Resilience of Buildings and Infrastructure
- Rebuilding and Learning from Hurricane Sandy
- Identifying Vulnerabilities of Key Sectors to Climate Change
- Promoting Resilience in the Health Sector
- Promoting Insurance Leadership for Climate Safety
- Conserving Land and Water Resources
- Maintaining Agricultural Sustainability
- Managing Drought
- Reducing Wildfire Risks
- Preparing for Future Floods
- Developing Actionable Climate Science
- Assessing Climate-Change Impacts in the United States
- Launching a Climate Data Initiative
- Providing a Toolkit for Climate Resilience

The President's Fiscal Year 2014 Budget provides more than 2.7 billion, largely through the U.S. Global Change Research Program, to increase understanding of climate change impacts, establish a public-private partnership to explore risk and catastrophe modeling, and develop the information and tools needed by decision-makers to respond to both long-term climate change impacts and near-term extreme weather effects.

The Administration has launched a Climate Data Initiative to leverage extensive federal climate-relevant data to stimulate innovation and private-sector entrepreneurship in support of national climate change preparedness. In addition, federal agencies will create a virtual climate resilience toolkit that centralizes access to data-driven resilience tools, services, and best practices, including those developed through the Climate Data Initiative.  

Publication Date: June 25, 2013

Related Organizations:

  • Executive Office of the President of the United States


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