Changes for Obama climate goals do not need congressional OK: report

U.S. President Obama pauses during year-end news conference in the White House briefing room in WashingtonBy Valerie Volcovici WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A group of business leaders, energy experts and former government leaders believes that the Obama administration could tackle climate change by taking measures that do not require congressional approval, according to a report released on Tuesday. The 207-page report contained about 200 recommendations on how President Barack Obama can use executive authority to advance the climate change action plan he announced in June. The recommendations focus on five areas: doubling energy efficiency; They highlight measures that every federal agency can take, said Heather Zichal, a former energy and climate policy adviser to Obama who helped coordinate the report.

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