Weekly Climate Change Policy Update - June 1, 2010

Profession:Van Ness Feldman
 
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Article by Kyle Danish, Shelley Fidler, Kevin Gallagher, Megan Ceronsky and Tomás Carbonell

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Commentary

In his meeting with Senate Republicans, President Obama advocated for climate change legislation, and pushed aside suggestions for more limited energy-only legislation . . . Senator Lindsey Graham, however, is headed toward a more limited package for 2010 . . . Senator Lisa Murkowski will have the floor on June 10 for her Resolution of Disapproval of EPA's endangerment finding . . . Sixty major companies and organizations claiming to have more than 1 million employees sent a letter to Senate leadership asking that "Democrats and Republicans . . . unite behind bipartisan, national energy and climate legislation that increases our security, limits emissions, and protects our environment while preserving and creating American jobs." . . . The Tropical Forest & Climate Coalition – a coalition of major NGOs and companies – sent a letter to Majority Leader Harry Reid asking for a set-aside of funds to support activities to reduce deforestation, and crediting for "REDD" project-based activities. Both elements were in the Waxman-Markey bill.

Executive Branch

Obama Meets With Senate GOP Caucus to Advocate for Climate Legislation. President Barack Obama visited Capitol Hill for a 90-minute discussion with Senate Republicans on his legislative agenda for the rest of the year, including the prospects for comprehensive climate change and clean energy legislation. According to a White House statement, the President told the caucus that the Deepwater Horizon spill in the Gulf of Mexico "should heighten our sense of urgency to hasten the development of new, clean energy sources that will promote energy independence and good-paying American jobs." Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) said that the topic of passing a clean energy bill without a mandatory greenhouse gas (GHG) mitigation component arose, but that the President was "not particularly" supportive of that approach. The President struck a similar note at a press conference later in the week, in which he called the oil spill "a wake up call that it's time to move forward on this legislation." U.S. Navy Issues Strategic Plan on Climate Change. Calling climate change "a national security challenge with strategic implications," the U.S. Navy's Task Force on Climate Change released a three-phase strategic plan for adapting to and preparing for climate change. The report concluded that sea level rise related to climate change is already affecting low-lying Navy bases around the world, as well as the Navy's access to natural resources. The report also called for the Navy to include instruction on climate change in coursework offered at the U.S. Naval Academy; to incorporate climate change into war games; and to work with other federal agencies to improve climate models to better inform the Navy's missions. Congress

Graham Suggests Climate Bill Without Carbon Price. Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC), who withdrew in April from efforts...

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