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Climate Change

Watch the video recap of the White House's May 19 "State of Our Climate" Google+ Hangout to learn more about how the Energy Department is fighting climate change and building the clean energy economy. Participants included Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz and Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Gina McCarthy. | Video courtesy of the White House.

Addressing the effects of climate change is a top priority of the Energy Department. As global temperature rise, wildfires, drought and high electricity demand put stress on the nation’s energy infrastructure. And severe weather -- the leading cause of power outages and fuel supply disruption in the United States -- is projected to worsen, with eight of the 10 most destructive hurricanes of all time having happened in the last 10 years.

To fight climate change, the Energy Department supports research and innovation that makes fossil energy technologies cleaner and less harmful to the people and the environment. We’re taking responsible steps to cut carbon pollution, develop domestic renewable energy production and win the global race for clean energy innovation. We’re also working to dramatically increase the efficiency of applianceshomesbusinesses and vehicles -- all in support of the President’s Climate Action Plan.

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EPA's Clean Power Plan to Fight Climate Change and Build the Clean Energy Economy

A new plan proposed by the Environmental Protection Agency will cut carbon pollution from existing power plants 30 percent by the year 2030, helping to leave a safer, cleaner planet behind for future generations.

#YearOfAction: Four Ways the Energy Department is Fighting Climate Change

Here's what the Energy Department is doing to reduce carbon pollution, make America more energy independent and secure our nation's energy supplies and infrastructure.

Video: Veterans Advancing Clean Energy and Climate Security

Last week, Secretary Moniz joined other federal officials in honoring veterans that are working in clean energy and climate security at a "Champions of Change" event at the White House.

New Climate Research Centers Forecast Changes and Challenges
This artist's rendering illustrates the full site installation, including a new aerosol observing system (far left) and a precipitation radar (far right, with 20-ft tower). The site is located near the Graciosa Island aiport terminal, hidden by the image inset. | Image courtesy of ARM Climate Research Facility.

Two new observation stations -– in Alaska and the Azore islands -– should reduce uncertainties and improve global climate models.

#CleanTechNow: America’s Clean Energy Revolution

A new Energy Department report shows how cost reductions and product improvements have sparked a surge in consumer demand for wind turbines, solar panels, electric vehicles and LED lighting.