"March 15 News: Obama Admin To Fight Climate Change With National Environmental Policy Act"
President Barack Obama is preparing to tell all federal agencies for the first time that they have to consider the impact on global warming before approving major projects, from pipelines to highways.
This would impact initiatives such as the planned Port of Morrow coal export facility, the Keystone pipeline, LNG export facilities, highways, and drilling leases. With the House GOP standing in the way of nearly all legislation impacting climate, this would be the executive branch using a Nixon-era law meant to get agencies to weigh the impact of projects on clean air, water, and lands. [Bloomberg]
In a speech planned at Argonne National Laboratory, President Obama will urge congressional action on his $2 billion 10-year Energy Security Trust to fund clean energy transportation research. [LA Times]
At CPAC yesterday, Sen. Marco Rubio attacked “closed-minded” people who “love to preach about the certainty of science with regards to our climate” but do not think the idea that life begins at conception is an “absolute fact.” [Huffington Post]
Former GOP Rep. Bob Inglis pitches a carbon tax as a market approach that accounts for “the true cost of the fuels we use”without growing the size of government and practices reasonable risk avoidance. [Washington Post]
In alarming news for the fragility of the Arctic ice pack, a large fractures have appeared in the wake of a large storm north of Alaska and Canada. [Climate Central]
The budget released last night by Senate Democrats contains funding for climate adaptation, smart grid technology, energy research, and mass transit. [E&E News]
Sens Hoeven and Baucus introduced legislation that would give Congress the power to approve the Keystone pipeline yesterday. [Reuters]
After a review from the Dept. of the Interior found that it was not remotely prepared for harsh conditions, Shell is barred from returning to the Arctic to drill for oil. [Guardian]
Californians have installed 1.5 gigawatts of rooftop solar — which is as much power generated by three medium-sized coal-fired power plants. [LA Times]
A study found that the sickness that wind farm opponents talk about could be more placebo than fact. [Guardian]
The Vatican accepts the reality of climate change, and thinks that everyone should do something about it before it’s too late. [Catholic Online]