Tuesday, 17 June 2008

US Action on Climate Change

Although the Lieberman-Warner bill went nowhere there is still quite a lot of activity around climate change in the US. According to Climate Intel there are various hearings in Congress laying the way for future legislation. The Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee is discussing the problems of energy transmission from remote renewable resources. The House and Senate Appropriations committees are discussing funding levels for NOAA, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, and is seen as a test case for a number of funding requirements. Finally, the House Energy and Commerce Committee will hold a hearing looking into the recent climate change bills and what was good and bad about them.

It's also worth remembering that although federal action is limited there is a lot of carbon counting and reduction targeting going on at state level. At least 20 states now have some targets related to reducing emissions of CO2.

Finally Al Gore yesterday endorsed Barack Obama for President, amidst on-going speculation of an Obama-Gore ticket. It seems unlikely, but Gore having a role in an Obama administration looks quite probable. Either way it would give a serious boost to addressing the climate change issue in the US.

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