The President of the United States is facing crises on three major fronts: the American economy, the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, and the growing threat to the world environment caused by climate change. This short, powerful book shows the way forward: Backed by sound science and based on the best ideas of America’s experts, The 100 Day Action Plan to Save the Planet outlines practical steps that include:
—Launch a “clean energy surge” and create a powerful new workforce of green manufacturing, supply, technology, management, and support jobs.
—End carbon subsidies that make fossil fuels much cheaper than their actual cost.
—Create a market by requiring all federal buildings, facilities, and transportation to be fueled by renewable green energy.
—Reward innovation and early adoption of renewable energy in the private sector.
—Work constructively with other nations for global solutions to the climate crisis.
Green energy is the key to America’s economic strength and independence—but the nation needs the President to act boldly and decisively, just as Franklin Delano Roosevelt did in his first 100 days in office, during a time of similar urgency.
"The next president has no time to waste in building a post-carbon economy. This book is a distillation of the best policy advice he will get from anyone on the most important issue of our time."—David W. Orr, Paul Sears Distinguished Professor, Oberlin College"Bar none, this is the most comprehensive strategy for U.S. engagement on climate change. A must read."—Michael Northrop, program director, Sustainable Development, Rockefeller Brothers Fund"Bill Becker's book is the go-to source for innovative and comprehensive climate policy proposals. Send a copy of this to your own Congressman and to anyone you know in the new Administration. This is 'must reading' for every leader who recognizes that 2009 is going to be the pivotal year for turning this nation away from fossil fuels and towards a clean energy future."—Betsy Taylor, president of the board of 1Sky“The Presidential Climate Action Plan is thorough, ambitious, and well worth reading for anyone who wants to know what the next president can do about global climate change.”—James Gustave Speth, Dean, School of Forestry & Environmental Studies, Yale University“Dear Mr. President: Please read this book! It is an action plan for building the energy and institutional infrastructures to cope with a changing climate; and to re-stabilize it!”—Paul R. Epstein, M.D., M.P.H., Center for Health and the Global Environment, Harvard Medical School“PCAP participants have a longstanding record in dealing with climate change issues. Their recommendations to the next administration of the United States will help advance the climate change agenda.”—Achim Steiner, Executive Director, the United Nations Environment Programme
William S. Becker is the Executive Director of the Presidential Climate Action Project, a non-partisan initiative to transform energy and climate policy. PCAP is based at the University of Colorado Denver School of Public Affairs, and its advisory committee includes leaders from science, business, government, environment, and major universities.
The 44th President of the United States will take the oath of office on January 20, 2009. From that moment forward, he will have a relatively short honeymoon period during which he has the best chance of advancing his agenda. This book is an action plan for the new President to attack the problem of global climate change during his first 100 days in office.
Every president over the last thirty years has known about climate change.
Audio interview conducted with William Becker by Rob Lorei, News and Public Affairs Director, WMNF 88.5FM, Tampa