In 2013, President Obama announced the Climate Action Plan (CAP), the first comprehensive plan of the United States to address climate change. The CAP outlines 75 climate-related goals and respective actions that are subsumed under three pillars: mitigation, adaptation and international cooperation.
There has been marked progress on many items in the CAP over the last two years. Major success factors include the high-level political ownership, the long-term nature of the plan, the strategic approach behind the plan, and its high visibility at the national and international level.
The CAP sends a strong signal for a new climate agreement to be reached in Paris in 2015.
- President and his administration (lead)
- Governmental departments and agencies: Environmental Protection Agency (EPA); Department of Energy (DOE); Department of Transportation (DOT)/ National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA); Department of Agriculture (USDA); Department of the Interior (DOI)
- Industry leaders: partnership between the dairy industry and USDA
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