Obama plans to announce new EPA rules to curb emissions of the greenhouse gases blamed for rising temperatures, a White House official said Tuesday.
The announcement comes on the eve of the first full day of the UN climate summit in Paris.
It also comes as Obama, who will host the summit at Camp David, Md., next week, seeks to strike a deal to cut U.S. emissions of greenhouse gases that contribute to climate change.
Obama said Tuesday that his administration is moving ahead with a plan to create a new agency to regulate greenhouse gases and other pollutants that are contributing to global warming.
The announcement follows a White National Committee of Advisors report released in January that predicted that the U.N. Climate Change Conference in Paris in December would be the last major climate summit that Obama will host.
Obama’s decision comes as the administration has ramped up its efforts to address climate change, including efforts to create an emergency response team and a climate justice commission.
Obama has also made it a priority to ensure the U:S.
does not contribute to the climate crisis.
He has asked Congress to extend the deadline to 2020 for the Environmental Protection Agency to submit a proposal to Congress for an executive order to limit greenhouse gas emissions, as well as to allow more time for other steps to address the problem.
The White House has also pushed for a U.K.-style carbon market, where producers would be allowed to sell carbon credits for a price.
That plan has been met with skepticism by some members of the European Union, which has said the idea would lead to “price-gouging.”