Executive Branch Action
Executive Office of the President
President Barack Obama has made climate and energy policy a top priority for his Administration. Along those lines, there are a number of ongoing activities within the Executive Office of the President (EOP). The Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ) coordinates Federal environmental efforts and works closely with agencies and other White House offices in the development of environmental policies and initiatives.
- Council on Environmental Quality – A recent Executive Order requires Federal agencies to set greenhouse gas reduction targets
- American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA)—The Recovery Act included funding for energy related investments and climate science research
- The Climate Action Plan, announced in June 2013, outlines a wide array of actions the administration will take using existing authorities to address the issue. Our resources page outlines those actions and provides links to useful information on key topics.
The United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) was established in 1970 with the mission of protecting human health and safeguarding the natural environment - air, water and land.
In order to address growing concerns about climate change and to respond to the Supreme Court mandate in Mass v. EPA, the EPA is pursuing several approaches to tackling greenhouse gas emissions. You can learn more about EPA's greenhouse and utility regulatory initiatives by checking out our EPA Climate Action and Energy page.
Department of Energy
The United States Department of Energy (DOE) is a cabinet-level department formed after the oil crisis on August 4, 1977 through the Department of Energy Organization Act of 1977. The DOE's overarching mission is to advance the national, economic, and energy security of the United States; to promote scientific and technological innovation in support of that mission; and to ensure the environmental cleanup of the national nuclear weapons complex.
The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA or Recovery Act) has expanded DOE's role in climate and energy related issues. The DOE received $36.7 billion, with $33 billion for direct grants. Under the proposed FY2011 Budget, the Administration is seeking to create three energy innovation hubs to advance highly promising areas of energy science, and to finance a Advanced Research Project Agency - Energy (ARPA-E) which would finance high-payoff, high-risk projects to help push for the development of new energy technologies that could radically alter how we get energy.
- Recovery Act Spending- Read more about how the DOE funds from ARRA have been appropriated, awarded, and spent.
- Appliance and Equipment Energy Efficiency Standards