UPDATES Congress: On May 16, Rep. Lois Capps (D-CA) introduced H.R. 2023, the Climate Change Health Protection and Promotion Act. This bill directs the Secretary of Health and Human Services to develop a national strategic action plan to assist health professionals in preparing for and responding to the public health effects of climate change and [...]
UPDATES Congress: House On May 21, the House Appropriations Committee allocated $24.3 billion to the subcommittee that funds the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Department of the Interior, and related agencies. This amount is 18 percent below the funding amount provided in the 2013 fiscal year and would result in drastic cuts to climate change and [...]
UPDATES Congress: House On Tuesday, May 14, House Energy and Power Subcommittee marked up H.R. 271, “Resolving Environmental and Grid Reliability Conflicts Act of 2013.” This bill takes the unprecedented step of authorizing total civil and criminal amnesty from all federal, state and local environmental laws and regulations for electric power producers that are under [...]
Bonn Climate Talks Conclude Amid Projections of Record High Atmospheric CO2 Levels Photo credit: Flickr, Creative Commons: Adopt a Negotiator The second session of the Ad Hoc Working Group on the Durban Platform for Enhanced Action (ADP2)—the latest intersessional of the international climate change negotiations under the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC)—concluded [...]
UPDATES Congress: The Senate Environmental and Public Works committee is expected to vote on the nomination of Gina McCarthy, President Obama’s pick to lead the Environmental Protection Agency, in the next couple weeks, possibly May 8. The final step in the confirmation process is a vote by the full Senate. Administration: A group of [...]
UPDATES Administration: Last Monday, April 15, was the legal deadline under the Clean Air Act for finalizing the landmark carbon pollution standards for new power plants that the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) proposed one year ago. A record-breaking 3.2 million Americans raised their voices in public comments in support of the proposed standards, which would [...]
UPDATES Congress: Congress has been in recess for two weeks, reconvening this week. Senate: During the night on March 22, the US Senate voted on dozens of amendments and passed a blueprint for next year’s federal budget (S. Con. Res. 8). Senator Inhofe (R-OK) offered an amendment that he described as prohibiting further greenhouse gas [...]
All through the night on Friday and into the wee hours of Saturday morning (March 22-23)—while many of us were sleeping—the US Senate voted on dozens of amendments and finally passed a blueprint for next year’s federal budget (S. Con. Res. 8). ICYMI: There were some important climate-related votes you should know about.
This week, Congress is working to pass a continuing resolution to fund the government through the end of FY2013. Read more of this week’s Clean Air Act Digest by clicking the link.
UPDATES Congress: Energy Production and Project Delivery Act of 2013 (S.17) Last week, Senator Vitter (R-LA) and Congressman Bishop (R-UT) introduced the “Energy Production and Project Delivery Act of 2013,” S. 17. This bill repackages many of the last Congress’ legislative attacks on our air, water, and lands. In particular, the bill would prohibit the [...]