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Friday Fastbreak: Obama Makes Effort to Curb Climate Change

Catch up on the latest news in the renewable energy industry from the week of May 26, 2014.

White House to Announce Plan to Combat Climate Change

President Obama is taking significant measures to fight climate change. In a new plan, up to 20 percent of carbon emissions will be cut from the nation’s coal-fired power plants, which are one of the nation’s largest sources of greenhouse gases.

Obama will unveil his plans at the White House on Monday as part of the Obama administration’s Better Building Challenge. The program’s goal is to reduce pollution and become more energy efficient by 2020. Hundreds of coal-power plants in the United States will have to shut down because of the new restrictions, but states will have the option of creating their own emission-cutting plans with options that include adding wind and solar power and creating state cap-and-trade programs.

New Report Says Climate Change is Reducing Food Quality

Climate change is having a negative impact on both the quantity and quality of the food we grow. Farmers are struggling to produce crops with enough nutritional content, according to a report by the Chicago Council on Global Affairs.

During a project that examined the effects of climate change on food, researchers found many results that will be released later this week in a report. Among the findings is a reduced amount of protein in wheat and a decrease in the quality of rice.

Energy Company Launches Program to Employ US Veterans

Solar services provider OneRoof Energy, Inc. has launched a military appreciation program devoted to hiring veterans for jobs and careers in the solar industry. This will add to an industry that is already providing jobs for more than 13,000 veterans, about 10 percent of the workers in the solar industry, according to a report by The Solar Foundation.

The project was launched as a way to honor Memorial Day, but will also donate solar services to many veteran rehabilitation facilities as well as offer a $1,000 cash discount on solar leases or purchases to enlisted or veteran military members.

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