An article by The American Conservatives article President Barack Obama will likely be able to sign an executive order in the coming days to implement an ambitious climate deal that would see the U.S. reduce emissions by roughly half from 2005 levels by 2030.
Obama will also sign an order to boost funding for a number of environmental and energy programs, including climate change mitigation, clean energy research, and low-carbon energy development, according to a statement from the White House.
The White House did not immediately offer an estimate of the number of days of executive action that Obama might be able have.
In addition to the executive order, Obama will sign an interim regulation and other regulatory actions in the near future, according, to a senior administration official.
The official also said the president would be announcing the new policy for the first time in a public forum.
Earlier this week, Obama released a draft of his long-awaited climate deal, which has been in the works for nearly a year.
Obama said in a statement at the time that the deal would reduce emissions “well over 50 percent from 2005 by 2030.”
Obama’s climate policy is part of the Climate Action Plan he announced in March, which includes an executive action to reduce carbon emissions from existing power plants, expand renewable energy, and increase funding for low- and moderate-carbon power generation and transportation.
While the climate deal is expected to be finalized later this year, the White Congress has been split between Democrats and Republicans, with a majority of Republicans supporting the deal while the majority of Democrats oppose it.
Republicans have been pushing for more stringent emissions reductions goals than Obama has offered, but the president has refused to commit to specific reductions.