It’s a well-known fact that Obama is obsessed with battling climate change. So is anyone surprised that he’s preparing to issue a series of executive actions aimed at boosting the green agenda?
Obama is launching a “Clean Energy Impact Investment Center” at the Energy Department to “make information about energy and climate programs … accessible and more understandable to the public, including to mission-driven investors.”
The White House is also ordering the IRS to come out with guidance and rules to get nonprofits to invest in green energy technologies, along with creating more government financing options for small businesses looking to go green.
“Today’s announcements will help ensure that even more American-made clean energy technologies can make the leap from an idea, to the laboratory, to the global marketplace,” the White House said in a statement. “We look forward to continuing to unleash the power and potential of innovations that serve both our economy and our environment, and to the as-yet-unimagined breakthroughs still to come.”
The White House also took time to announce it had doubled the amount of green energy investment promises from the private sector, including $3.5 billion in commitments from environmental nonprofits and institutional investors.
Obama’s ultimate goal is to sign a global climate treaty at the United Nations conference in Paris later this year. However, Republicans are adamantly against supporting any UN climate change agenda:
“The Senate is not going to ratify any international climate treaty that continues this trend, a trend I fully expect to continue during the Paris talks this December,” said Oklahoma Republican Sen. James Inhofe.
Obama has thus far has seen mixed success on getting other countries on board with his climate change agenda. Let’s hope it stays that way.