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 appliances, homes, businesses and vehicles -- all in support of the President’s Climate Action Plan.