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Archive for June, 2010

Statement of Administration Policy

OFFICIAL RELEASE: Statement of Administration Policy on S.J. Res. 26 – Disapproval of EPA Endangerment Rule and Cause and Contribute Findings

June 8, 2010 — Office of Management and Budget

The Administration strongly opposes Senate passage of S.J. Res. 26, which would undermine the Clean Air Act and hinder EPA’s ability to comply with a Supreme Court ruling on greenhouse gasses (GHGs). The Administration believes that….

Websites

USDA Climate Change Resource Center

The Climate Change Resource Center (CCRC) is a reference Web site for resrouce managers and decision makers who need information and tools to address climate change in planing and project implementation. The CCRC addresses the manager’s question “What can I do about climate change?” by providing information about basic climate sciences and compiling knowledge resources and support for adaptation and mitigation strategies. The site offers educational information, including basic science modules that explain climate and climate impacts, decision-support models, maps, simulations, case studies, and toolkits. The site is a joint project of the Forest Service Research Stations and the Environmental Threat Assessment Centers (WWETAC/EFETAC).

Articles

Effort to Block EPA Fails, Revealing Murky Path for Carbon Bill (6/11/2010)

The New York Times

Senate Republicans failed yesterday to halt the Obama administration’s plan to regulate greenhouse gases, engulfing the chamber in a sprawling daylong debate that bounced from climate skepticism to posters of dead birds smeared in oil. The effort unraveled nearly seven hours after Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) launched her measure seeking to undo U.S. EPA’s scientific findings that carbon emissions endanger human health. It snagged on a procedural vote that fell four supporters shy of reaching the 51 votes needed to proceed, saving senators from a rare roll call on federal plans to reduce greenhouse gases.

Is the Climate Bill Going to Pass? Top 5 Things to Watch (6/7/2010)

Grist

People are constantly asking me, “Is the climate bill going to pass?” The answer is: I don’t know. No one knows. Confident predictions either way are mostly posing. The situation, like so much in politics right now, is incredibly fluid. There are five things to watch in coming months that will give us a better sense of how the bill might fare….

USDA Issues Final Rule for Conservation Stewardship Program (6/3/2010)

USDA News Release

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today announced that USDA published the final regulations governing the Conservation Stewardship Program (CSP). Authorized in the 2008 Farm Bill, CSP is a voluntary program that offers payments to producers who exercise good land stewardship and want to improve their conservation performance.

The final rule can be viewed at: http://edocket.access.gpo.gov/2010/pdf/2010-12699.pdf

Newsletters

Newsletter from Forest Service Climate Change Advisor – climate change update (PDF)

First edition of a newsletter that is distributed by the Forest Service to address concerns and impacts of climate change as they relate to the actions of the agency. This edition provides an introduction to the newsletter by Forest Service Climate Change Advisor Dave Cleaves.

Reports

EPA’s American Power Act Analysis (June 2010)

This analysis models the multi-sector cap-and-trade program, the alternative compliance program for the transportation fuels and refined petroleum products sectors, the competitiveness provisions, and many of the energy efficiency provisions of the APA.

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Websites

Carbon Watch

Tracking the New Currencies of Global Warming

PBS and Frontline World host this website containing up to date information on Climate Change Policy. The site has videos and articles relating to climate change on a global, federal, and state level. The site has a great 20 min. movie by Mark Schapiro about the carbon market in Brazil (The Carbon Hunters).

Articles

Scientists Urge Congress Not to ‘Cook the Books’ in CO2 Accounting for Biofuels (5/24/2010)

E&E News

Climate legislation must include a system to account for greenhouse gas emissions from biofuels and biomass electricity, a group of 90 scientists is urging the Democratic leadership in Congress. Treating all biomass energy as carbon-neutral could undermine the bill’s emission-reduction goals, the scientists wrote in the letter released today.

Reports

Assessing the Benefits of Avoided Climate Change: Cost-Benefit Analysis and Beyond

Pew Center on Global Climate Change, May 2010

In March 2009, the Pew Center on Global Climate Change convened an expert workshop to examine the state of the art, limitations, and future development needs for analyzing the benefits of avoided climate change. Approximately 80 people from academe, federal agencies, and nongovernmental organizations participated. This event was motivated by widespread recognition of two developments: First, policy decisions that result in reduced greenhouse gas emissions are becoming more commonplace across the government. Second, one of the key tools used to analyze such policies, CBA, is challenged by the longterm, global, and uncertain nature of climate change. This page provides the summary report and full workshop proceedings.

Measuring the Green Economy, report

US Department of Commerce Economics and Statistics Administration, April 2010

A report released by the US Department of Commerce. An early attempt to take inventory of how many “green jobs” exist today — and what should count as a “green job.”

The Green Economy: The Race is On

DB Climate Change Advisors, April 22, 2010

This research is focused on three topics:
(1) There is growing business support for tackling climate change and deploying clean technologies, products and services;
(2) Government policy regimes around the world have identified climate change and clean technology as a megatrend as well, and have begun accelerating policies to address this trend (See DBCCA’s “Global Climate Change Policy Tracker: An Investor’s Assessment,” October 2009);
(3) However, this policy action differs at the individual country level, showing that the US is falling behind. This can be seen through renewable energy capacity growth and capital investment relative to the economy.

Announcements

Preliminary Application for 2011 Collaborative Track— Model Forest Policy Program

2011 Climate Solutions University: Forest and Water Strategies

Apply to receive one of ten scholarships to participate in the 2011 Climate Solutions University program. This program offers rural communities the opportunity to protect their natural resources and be part of the climate adaptation solutions urgently needed across the country. The 11 month program is scheduled to begin February, 2011.

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