President Barack Obama unveiled Tuesday a sweeping plan to tackle climate change, noting the impact extreme weather played in New York City during Hurricane Sandy.
Speaking at Georgetown University, the president said the plan would introduce the first-ever regulations to limit carbon dioxide emissions from power plants which are currently responsible for 40 percent of carbon pollution.
Obama said action on climate change cannot wait, especially in light of recent natural disasters.
"The fact that sea level, in New York, in New York Harbor, are now a foot higher than a century ago, that didn't cause Hurricane Sandy, but it certainly contributed to the destruction that left large parts of our mightiest city dark and underwater," Obama said.
The president is calling on Congress to slash tax breaks for oil companies and cut the use of fossil fuels in the public sector.
He has set a goal of 20 percent renewable energy consumption for all sectors of the federal government.
Obama said the changes will solidify the United States as a world leader in the fight against climate change.
In a statement, Mayor Michael Bloomberg praised the president's call to action, noting it will bolster the city's own "A Stronger, More Resilient New York" plan revealed earlier this month.
The mayor went on to say, "While action from Congress on comprehensive legislation to reduce carbon emissions is still needed, this proposal is a sound national strategy that reflects much of the work already going on in cities around the world."