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….
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).
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.
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 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
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.
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.