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The president’s Climate Action Plan: its impact on moderating carbon emissions through ecological conservation

By Brad Raffle and Anthony B Cavender

The President’s proposal includes several recommendations for promoting ecological conservation as a tool for sequestering atmospheric carbon while simultaneously providing natural buffers against more intense and frequent storms, higher sea levels and increasingly severe droughts. Thus, the owners of environmentally valuable land will be in a position to benefit economically from the ‘ecological service’ or ‘green infrastructure’ capacity of their land.

The monetary value of these services promises to become substantial if federal and state policies evolve in ways that enable landowners to capture and ‘stack’ the economic benefit of their land’s carbon sequestration capacity along with other valuable ecosystem services that the same landscape can provide if properly managed.

On 25 June 25, the President announced his Climate Action Plan (CAP) addressing climate change issues affecting the nation and the world. For the United States, the President outlined a host of measures including a directive to EPA to develop new rules that would reduce carbon dioxide emissions from new and existing coal-fired power plants…

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