Friday, November 27, 2015

Obama's Contributions to the Environment

Land and Water Contributions
  • The President established the America’s Great Outdoors Initiative to foster a 21st century approach to conservation that responds to priorities of the American people. 
  • He decided to permanently preserve some of America’s most treasured landscapes and waters, such as the San Gabriel Mountains National Monument in Los Angeles County.
  • He has made a comprehensive program to fight illegal over-fishing. 
  • The Clean Water Act
  • He has established first-ever national limits for mercury, arsenic, and other toxic air pollution from power plants
  • He has taken common-sense steps to limit mercury and other pollutants from the largest sources of industrial air pollution, including cement plants, industrial boilers, and waste incinerators
  • He has put in place new standards to reduce air pollution from passenger cars and trucks; and proposed new ozone standards that will deliver three dollars in health benefits for every dollar spent.
  • He helped restore and protect our ecosystems:
    • Restoring the Gulf of Mexico, the Great Lakes, California's Bay Delta, the Everglades, and the Chesepeake Bay
  • After more than a decade of inaction, the Administration reconvened the Environmental Justice Interagency Working Group and engaged more than 100 environmental justice leaders at a White House forum
  • Federal agencies signed a Memorandum of Understanding formally committing to environmental justice, and have since taken steps to integrate environmental justice into federal decision-making and programs in areas such as transportation, labor, health services, housing and others.

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