"February 8 News: Murkowski Threatens To Hold Up Interior Secretary Nominee Over Alaskan Road"
Senator Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) may hold up Senate confirmation of President Obama’s nominee for Interior secretary because the Interior Department won’t approve construction of a road in Alaska. [The Hill]
Interior announced this week that it does not intend to allow a road through the Izembek National Wildlife Refuge, a project advocates say is needed so residents of King Cove can reach an all-weather airport in Cold Bay for medical evacuations.
Murkowski told The Hill Thursday she would consider placing a procedural “hold” on the nomination of Sally Jewell over the proposed road. “It may be that I have got to make threats, it may be that I have got to hold something up, I am hoping that I don’t have to,” Murkowski said in the Capitol.
She noted that the road decision is not final and that outgoing Interior Secretary Ken Salazar can reverse course. Interior this week said that allowing the road would imperil a vital wilderness area that’s home to many species, and that there are other options for medical evacuations.
The Environmental Protection Agency is set to release its draft Climate Change Adaptation Plan today, in Friday’s edition of the Federal Register. The pollen is meant to guide the agency’s response to global warming, which it says is occurring at a rapidly increasing rate. [The Hill]
A series of scientific papers, most prominently the Nobel Prize-winning Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, have laid out the ways rising sea levels, devastating storms, and drought are threatening economies across America. [National Journal]
A Duke University online survey released Thursday found the share of Americans who say climate change is occurring — 50 percent say definitely and 34 percent say probably — has rebounded, reaching what may be its highest level in national polls since 2007. [USA Today]
The Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative, the country’s first multi-state system for capping carbon emissions and creating a market in carbon allowances, proposed a 45 percent reduction next year in the total carbon dioxide emissions allowed. [NYTimes]
New research from Bloomberg New Energy Finance suggests Australia’s electricity can be provided from wind farms at a lower cost than from new coal or gas plants. [BusinessGreen]
In an outcome hailed by environmentalists, European Union lawmakers voted overwhelmingly Wednesday to overhaul the region’s troubled fisheries policy to end decades of overfishing. [NYTimes]