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A Plan for the New Normal: The President’s Climate Action Plan Calls for Preparing the U.S

On a hot and muggy, 90-degree day on the Georgetown University campus in Washington, DC President Obama announced his Climate Action Plan to the nation Tuesday. CCAP applauds President Obama for not only cutting carbon, but also placing climate resilience at the center of his three-part plan. Under the scorching sun, the president summarized recent weather events:

“The 12 warmest years in recorded history have all come in the last 15 years. … 2012 was the warmest year in our history. Midwest farms were parched by the worst drought since the Dust Bowl, and then drenched by the wettest spring on record. Western wildfires scorched an area larger than the state of Maryland. Just last week, a heat wave in Alaska shot temperatures into the 90s.”

President Obama underscores that Americans and the world are facing a new normal: