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View our <a href="/node/678456">interactive climate vulnerability map</a> to learn more about how climate change could impact energy supplies and delivery near your home. | Map by Daniel Wood, Energy Department.

View our interactive climate vulnerability map to learn more about how climate change could impact energy supplies and delivery near your home. | Map by Daniel Wood, Energy Department.

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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#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.

The President’s Plan to Reduce Carbon Pollution: Myths v. Reality

Get the facts on President Obama's plan to address climate change.