The Department of Energy (DOE) announced $125 million in newspending Monday to fund 41 green energy projects ahead of theUnited Nations global warming summit set to take place nextweek.
DOE is funding dozens of green technologies through the AdvancedResearch Projects Agency-Energy, or ARPA-E, program to findtechnological solutions to fighting global warming. ARPA-E projectsare ones the government thinks show promise, butarenâ€™t yet commercially viable.
â€œAs we look beyond COP21, the energytechnologies the Department of Energy invests in today will providethe solutions needed to combat climate change and develop a globallow-carbon economy in the future,â€ Secretary of EnergyErnest Moniz said in a statement.
The projects includeÂ green energy storage, windowinsulation, algae biomass and wind turbines. DOE says most of thefunding is going to universities and small businesses.
President Barack Obama has directed federal agencies to funnelmore money to propping up green energy technologies as part of hisstrategy to reduce U.S. carbon dioxide emissions and show the worldheâ€™s serious about fighting global warming.
Obama directed $102 million dollars towards producing more solar panels anddriving costs down. This comes on top of the billions the Obama hasdirected towards green energy during his time in office —Obama earmarked $90 billion for green energy in the 2009stimulus package.
Obama also pushed major energy regulations in the hopesheâ€™ll convince countries to sign onto anagreement to cut CO2 emissions at the upcoming U.N. conference,also called COP21. This will be the 21st time U.N. delegates meetto attempt to agree on a treaty, putting behind a legacy offailure.
But while delegates are expected to sign some sort of deal inParis, Obama is facing increased opposition at home from politicalopponents.
Twenty-six states have sued the Obama administration over itsrules limiting carbon dioxide emissions from coal-fired powerplants from taking effect. The attorneys general of West Virginiaand Texas sent a letter to the Department of StateTuesdayÂ warning the president may not be able tocommit the U.S. to an international climate treaty.
â€œThere are significant legal limits on(President Obamaâ€™s) ability either to carry outthe promises he has made in advance of Paris 2015 or to enforce anyagreement arising out of the summit,â€ AttorneysGeneral Patrick Morrisey of West Virginia and Ken Paxton of Texaswrote to Secretary of State John Kerry.
The AGs also mention anyâ€œlegally-bindingâ€ agreement signedin Paris must be ratified by the U.S. Senate — which iscontrolled by Republicans vowing to block any U.N. treaty Obamabrings before them.
â€œThese serious legal questions are of greatimportance to the States,â€ the AGs wrote.â€œWe expect our federal representatives torespect that system of dual sovereignty both here at home and innegotiations abroad.â€