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Select Committee on the Climate Crisis Chair Comments on Trump Budget (Opinions, Editorials & Asides)
Climate Change
Date: 2019-03-13
U.S. Rep. Kathy Castor (D-Tampa, Fla) Chairperson of the Select Committee on the Climate Crisis, released the following statement on President Donald Trump's $4.75 trillion 2020 budget proposal which would slash funding for the DOE Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy and eliminate ARPA-E:

"The Trump administration's budget proposal ignores the climate crisis. Climate science is clear: To help avert climate catastrophe, the United States needs to transition to a clean energy economy as fast as possible. The climate crisis must be addressed through virtually all areas of American life and, as a result, virtually all areas of the President's budget should reflect this.

"The president's budget fails to respond to the administration's own warnings contained in the National Climate Assessment or propose any means to tackle the crisis. For example, moving to the clean energy economy means deploying technology we have now but also investing in new research to accelerate the development of breakthrough technologies and create new jobs. The Trump administration's budget eliminates ARPA-E and all-but shutters the Department of Energy office dedicated to incubating groundbreaking research into clean transportation, renewable energy, and energy efficiency -- thereby eliminating the hope for our workforce and our planet they bring.

"The scope of the climate challenge requires an all-hands-on-deck government investment in so many areas but certainly in advanced energy technologies. America needs a budget that reflects the urgency of the climate crisis. The president's budget lacks the insight and investment needed to get America moving and underscores that the cost of doing nothing is too high." (Source: US Rep. Kathy Castor, (D- 14th District, Fla), Tampa Bay Reporter, 12 Mar., 2019) Contact: Rep Kathy Castor, (202) 225-3376 castor.house.gov

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Acting EPA Administrator Backs the Boss -- Notable Quote
US EPA,National Climate Change Assement
Date: 2018-11-30
On Wednesday in Washington, after admitting he'd not read his agency's just released National Climate Change Assessment report, EPA Acting Administrator and former coal industry lobbyist extraordinaire Andrew Wheeler immediately trumpeted the Trump Administration for a decline in carbon emissions.

"In the first year of the Trump administration, we've seen a 2.7 pct reduction in CO2 from 2016 to 2017. I'm not aware of a formal process within the administration" (to incorporate it into decision-making) Wheeler said. Wheeler noted "a 14 pct reduction in CO2 emissions in the United States since 2005," a time frame dominated by the 2009-2017 Obama administration which implemented strict environmental policies that influenced the reversals that the Trump administration seeks to take credit for while at the same time seeking to amend, reverse or eliminate.

"I think we really need to take a hard look at where the markets are going, where technology is going, where innovation is going, and what has driven the reduction in CO2, and we need to give credit for that CO2 reduction," Wheeler said.

Wheeler added that although he respects the efforts of career government scientists who worked on the report, he noted that the work was begun under the Obama administration and that the Trump administration did not play a part in the work. "We did not review it. I did not see the National Climate Change Assessment report until it was released," Wheeler proclaimed, the implication being that it was in some way lacking in credibility with the the Trump administration's touch.

Download the National Climate Assessment report HERE. (Source: Office of EPA Acting Administrator Andrew Wheeler, 28 Nov., 2018) Contact: Office of EPA Acting Administrator Andrew Wheeler, www.epa.gov/aboutepa/epas-acting-administrator

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350.org Comments on National Climate Change Assessment Report (Opinions, Editorials & Asides)
National Climate Change Assessment
Date: 2018-11-28
In Washington, 350.org Executive Director May Boeve released the following comments on the Trump administration's just release National Climate Change Assessment:

"Not even the Trump Administration's own climate assessments can deny the severity of the climate crisis, as well as the risks for future generations. They can try to bury the findings of this report by releasing it quietly the day after Thanksgiving with hopes that people won't notice, but the realities of the climate crisis are stark and being felt by communities all over the country and the world right now.

"This report (National Climate Change Assessment) acknowledges much of what was outlined in the UN's IPCC report, noting that current efforts to mitigate climate change are not meeting the scale of the crisis. Yet, the report falls short of calling out the true culprit of the climate crisis: the fossil fuel industry. Meanwhile, the Trump Administration continues to roll back climate policy and prop up Big Oil, offering the fossil fuel industry tax subsidies at the cost of creating further conditions for devastating climate impacts.

"All the reports released this year point to the need for bold climate action now. For any shot at averting further climate catastrophe, all elected officials must reject dirty fossil fuel money and fight for a Green New Deal that puts climate and communities first. It's not enough to acknowledge the reality of climate change -- we need our members of Congress to walk the talk and support equitable solutions to this global crisis that lead to 100 pct renewable economies with no new fossil fuel projects."

350.org is U.S.-based, not-for-profit international environmental organization addressing climate change with the goal of reducing atmospheric carbon dioxide to 350ppm from the current level of 400 ppm.

Download the National Climate Assessment report HERE (Source: 350.org, 23 Nov., 2018) Contact: 350.org, (413) 678-5160, www.350.org.com

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Notable Quote -- Trump Dumps on National Climate Assessment Report
Trump
Date: 2018-11-28
"No, no, I don't believe it. You're going to have to have China and Japan and all of Asia and all of these other countries, you know. It addresses our country.

"Right now, we're at the cleanest we've ever been. And that's very important to me. But if we're clean, but every other place on Earth is dirty, that's not so good. So I want clean air, I want clean water, very important." -- U.S. President Donald Trump commenting on the just released National Climate Assessment of which he acknowledged only reading "some" and that it was "fine."

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Fourth National Climate Assessment Report Highlights (Ind. Report)
Global Climate Change
Date: 2018-11-26
The just released and already controversial Fourth National Climate Assessment Report from the U.S. government's Global Change Research Program prepared with the support and approval of 13 federal agencies, and with input from hundreds of government and non-governmental experts, provides a comprehensive look at how climate change will impact the United States.

The Assessment's conclusions differ from the Trump administration’s position on climate change and include:

  • The evidence of human-caused climate change is overwhelming and continues to strengthen, that the impacts of climate change are intensifying across the country, and that climate-related threats to Americans' physical, social, and economic well-being are rising;

  • Summers will be hotter. Warm-season temperatures are projected to increase more in the Midwest than any other region of the country -- by an average of more than four degrees by mid-century. In the winter, the frost-free season is projected to increase 10 days by 2045, and 20 days by 2065;

  • Increased spring humidity will cause more rainfall, with serious implications for agriculture. It will lead to more potential for water-logged soil, reducing planting time and causing more soil erosion;

  • Rising growing-season temperatures will have a "pervasive" effect on forests. The midwest region will likely have less tree growth and possibly widespread tree mortality;

  • The Great Lakes are at risk from rising temperatures. Current trends toward rising surface temperatures and declining ice cover will continue;

  • Higher temperatures will worsen existing air quality problems, with particularly negative impacts on industrial centers, low-income communities, children and seniors;

  • The habitats of disease-carrying mosquitoes and ticks will continue expanding throughout the region, likely leading to more cases of illnesses like West Nile virus and Lyme Disease

  • Climate change will create conditions that make harmful cyanobacterial blooms like the persistent blooms in western Lake Erie more frequent and widespread. A combination of factors, including higher water temperatures and more agricultural runoff from more frequent rains will create favorable conditions for those events.

    Download the Fourth National Climate Assessment report HERE (Source: Fourth National Climate Assessment Report, Various Media, Michigan Public Radio, 23 Nov., 2018)

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  • WRI Responds to Fourth National Climate Assessment Report (Opinions, Editorial & Asides)
    World Resources Institute,
    Date: 2018-11-26
    In Washington, the World Resources Institute (WRI) has issued the following comments on the U.S. government's Global Change Research Program's just released Fourth National Climate Assessment report:

    "The message is loud, clear and undeniable: climate impacts are here and growing. The tragic Camp Fire in California serves as a stark illustration of how climate change is loading the dice for more extreme events that devastate people, homes and the economy. We should trust what we're seeing with our own eyes: more intense wildfires, hurricanes, flooding, and heat waves. This is what climate change looks like and it will become far worse unless we rapidly shift to a low-carbon economy.

    "Climate change is already taking a toll on U.S. agriculture, health, tourism, fisheries, energy, transportation, infrastructure, businesses and more. For example, $1 trillion dollars of public infrastructure and private property along the U.S. coastline are at risk due to rising seas, increasing storm surges, and tidal flooding. No region of the country and no sector of the economy is immune. We must use all tools and pursue all policy levers to turn the tide. The NCA report makes it clear that we need a rapid and decisive shift to a low-carbon economy to achieve inclusive, long-term economic prosperity across the United States." WRI concluded. (Source: World Resources Institute, PR, 23 Nov., 2018) Contact: World Resources Institute, Dan Lashof, U.S. Director, World Resources Institute, www.wri.org

    Download the National Climate Assessment 4 report HERE

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    Trump Dumps on National Climate Assessment (Ind. Report)
    Climate Change,Carbon Emissions
    Date: 2018-11-05
    During a recent nationally televised interview on the National Climate Assessment report released by his administration, President Donald Trump's poignant Presidential comments included:

    "(He) didn't read it."

    "Is there climate change? Yeah. Will it go back like this, I mean will it change back? Probably."

    "Well, I think we've (human activity) contributed, we certainly contribute, I mean, there's certain pollutants that go up and there's certain things that happen."

    The report from NASA to the Environmental Protection Agency is the most comprehensive and up-to-date assessment published by the entire federal government. It concludes that "there is no convincing alternative explanation" for the global warming we've observed, other than human causes. The report concludes that only steep reductions in greenhouse gas emissions can alter the upward trajectory of air and ocean temperatures and their related impacts.

    Access the National Climate Assessment Climate Science Special Report at https://science2017.globalchange.gov. (Source: Axios, Various Other Media, Nov., 2018)

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