Category Archives: Congress: Legislation and Oversight

Notes From Underground: The Success of Paris…Pending

The year 2015 ended on an up note, but the real work lies ahead. An election year begins in the US, and the success or failure of the Paris agreement could come down to who, come 2017, controls the White … Continue reading

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Notes From Underground: Pipeline to Paris

The 21st Conference of the Parties (COP 21) to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) is taking place in Paris until December 11th. The Paris Conference will hopefully yield real solutions to climate change — that is, … Continue reading

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CSPW’s New Climate Action Plan Oversight Series: Continuing Rick Piltz’s Work on the CAP

When President Obama announced the Climate Action Plan (CAP) in June of 2013, it was a landmark moment. The first-of-its-kind plan aims at achieving comprehensive action on climate change by way of a three-fold goal: cutting domestic carbon pollution, adapting … Continue reading

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Baked Alaska, Anyone? The Race to Save (or Cook) the Planet

Climate Science & Policy Watch has all eyes on Alaska this week, as President Obama becomes the first sitting U.S. president to visit the region. As a rare treat, he will venture outside of his hotel and conference room to … Continue reading

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On wildfires, climate change, and politicians saying burn, baby, burn

A day after California Governor Jerry Brown declared a wildfire state of emergency, the President’s Science Adviser John Holdren appeared in a video linking increased wildfires in the U.S. West to human-caused climate change. In response to urgent calls for … Continue reading

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Bipartisan push for stepped up natural gas fracking and LNG export

A bipartisan push for stepped-up natural gas production and export, via hydrofracking and more liquefied natural gas export terminals, was evident at a recent hearing held by the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee. Concerns about greenhouse gas emissions and … Continue reading

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4 Republican former EPA administrators call on Congress to take action on climate change

Exemplifying the proactive way authentic conservatives should be talking about climate policy, former Environmental Protection Agency administrators William Ruckelshaus, Christine Todd Whitman, Lee Thomas, and William Reilly — all appointed by Republican presidents — gave Senate hearing testimony last week … Continue reading

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House votes to direct the Pentagon to disregard climate change assessments

The U.S. House-passed 2015 Defense Appropriation bill apparently intends to have the Pentagon stop using leading scientific assessments of global climate disruption in national security planning. The Pentagon takes climate change and its impacts seriously and has included these issues … Continue reading

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House Science Committee majority plays out the politics of climate science denialism

At a May 29 House Science Committee hearing on the IPCC’s “process”, climate science assessment was collateral damage in the Republican war on greenhouse gas regulatory policy. The scientists on the witness panel seemed like they had been summoned mainly … Continue reading

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Upcoming Senate hearing on Keystone XL National Interest Determination

At a hearing March 13 on “Keystone XL and the National Interest Determination,” the Senate Foreign Relations Committee will hear testimony from James Hansen, Sierra Club executive director Michael Brune, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, and Gen. (Ret.) James Jones, … Continue reading

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