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It’s the time of year that Congress passes funding bills for agencies and this year’s mashup of bills — known as a “minibus” because it only funds some parts of the government — is chock full of environmental provisions intended to reverse Trump rollbacks, take actions the Administration has blocked, and to prevent them from taking others.Politico reported that the provisions include things like blocking the Trump plan to drill in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge and curtailing hunting for bears and wolves on federal land in Alaska, providing funding international climate change efforts, and undoing numerous Trump Administration rules rolling back Obama Administration clean water and air pollution regulations.
“An amendment from Rep. Jared Huffman (D-Calif.) that prohibits funds from being used for oil and gas leasing in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge.”
“A measure from Don Beyer (D-Va.) to ensure the U.S. Park Police adopt body cameras.”
“One amendment from Rep. Katie Porter (D-Calif.) that would stop funds from being used to reject any application for a grant on the basis of the terms “global warming” or “climate change” in the application.”
“An amendment from Rep. Debbie Dingell (D-Mich) to block the Trump administration’s final rule revising the National Environmental Policy Act.”
“A measure from Rep. T.J. Cox (D-Calif.) to block EPA from increasing the compensation of non-career appointees employed in the Office of the Administrator under the Safe Drinking Water Act.”
“An amendment from Rep. Scott Perry (R-Pa.) to prohibit EPA from taking any “backstop” action related to watershed implementation plans by Chesapeake Bay states.”
An amendment for implementation of PZP-humane fertility control to manage wild horse populations has already passed the House. A few proposals have enough bipartisan support that they are expected to pass, including, according to Politico:
An amendment from Rep. Richard Hudson (R-N.C.) and Dingell to require that EPA develop guidelines with limits as part of the EPA’s PFAS Action Plan
Another amendment from Hudson, Dingell and Rep. Dan Kildee (D-Mich.) to increase funding for EPA to study the relationship between PFAS exposure and susceptibility to Covid-19.
One to block a final rule allowing trophy hunting practices to kill hibernating bears and wolf pups on Alaska’s federal lands.
E&E News noted that there is a Democratic proposal to increase environmental justice funding at EPA by $2 million (is that all?) and one from Michigan’s Dan Kildee and Rashida Tlaib (both Dems) that would double the funding in the bill for replacing lead pipes to $1 billion, an issue that has hit low-income, minority communities the hardest. We understand from House staff that there is also $3B in funding for coastal resilience and restoration programs.
by Kate Cullen “A bipartisan coalition in the U.S. Congress pushes for an economic stimulus that dramatically scales-up the transition to a net zero emissions” Today, this feels like an unthinkable headline, but after working on these issues in the U.K., I’ve come to believe that bipartisan action to decarbonizing the U.S. economy may not […]
With hurricane season about to enter its peak, The Hill reported that six Democratic Senators demanded that the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) provide them assurances that they will put tougher rules in place to prevent another “Sharpie-gate” from interfering with the work of the weather and climate scientists at the agency.
Why This Matters: Dems are right to demand that there will be no political interference with agency forecasts during this hurricane season — the public’s safety must be paramount.
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