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Increasing extreme weather is costly in many ways

A report released this week by two senior members of Congress notes that the unusual number of extreme weather events in 2012 has cost the country billions of dollars and that the unusual frequency of these events is consistent with what scientists have predicted from climate change.

The staff report, “Going to Extremes: Climate Change and the Increasing Risk of Weather Disasters” is from the offices of Reps. Edward Markey (D-MA) and Henry Waxman (D-CA), the prime movers behind the last attempt at significant climate legislation. It cites information from a variety of sources, including NOAA, the news media and the private sector to show how rising weather risk costs real money.  

Their report comes a week after Congress headed home for the elections having accomplished very little to address climate change. Nearly half the bills introduced by the current Congress would block or hinder climate action, though none of these have been enacted into law.

Hear from Experts on the Latest Actions in Carbon Markets and Climate Policy

Media Advisory
Sept. 25, 2012
Contact: Laura Rehrmann, rehrmannl@c2es.org, 703-516-0621

Hear from Experts on the Latest Actions in Carbon Markets and Climate Policy

WASHINGTON – Join the Center for Climate and Energy Solutions and international, national and state experts Oct. 1-2 at Carbon Forum North America, organized by the International Emissions Trading Association. C2ES is the program sponsor for Carbon Forum North America, which has established itself as the go-to event to learn the latest thinking and developments in climate policy and carbon markets.

C2ES President Eileen Claussen provides insights on the prospects for low-carbon climate and energy policies in the opening plenary, and other C2ES experts will discuss state climate action, carbon pricing, and international climate policy.

Christiana Figueres, Executive Secretary, United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, will be the opening keynote speaker.

WHAT: Carbon Forum North America

WHEN: Oct. 1-2, 2012

WHERE: Marriott Metro Center, 775 12th St. NW, Washington, D.C.

MEDIA: Press should pre-register by sending name, organization and telephone number to Ben McCarthy at mccarthy@ieta.org. Press passes will also be available at the door. Reporters who are not pre-registered should arrive early to secure passes.

C2ES at Carbon Forum North America

Monday, Oct. 1
9:15 AM: Plenary I – Strategizing Climate and Energy: How Are We Doing
C2ES Speaker: Eileen Claussen, President

Tuesday, Oct. 2
9:00 AM: North America 2050 (NA2050)—A New Partnership for Progress
C2ES Moderator: Judi Greenwald, Vice President of Technology & Innovation

2:00 PM: Beyond Cap & Trade: Alternative Carbon Pricing Mechanisms
C2ES Moderator: Janet Peace, Vice President of Markets & Business Strategy

3:45 PM: Plenary IV: International Climate Strategy
C2ES Speaker: Elliot Diringer – Executive Vice President

About C2ES

The Center for Climate and Energy Solutions (C2ES) is an independent nonprofit, nonpartisan organization promoting strong policy and action to address the twin challenges of energy and climate change. Launched in November 2011, C2ES is the successor to the Pew Center on Global Climate Change.

C2ES Releases Case Studies of Federal Agencies Using Information and Communications Technologies to Meet Sustainability Goals

Press Release
Sept. 24, 2012
Contact: Laura Rehrmann, 703-516-0621, rehrmannl@c2es.org

C2ES Releases Case Studies of Federal Agencies Using Information and Communications Technologies to Meet Sustainability Goals

The Center for Climate and Energy Solutions issued a new report today presenting eight case studies of federal agencies using information and communication technologies to meet the twin challenges of cutting costs and advancing sustainability goals.

The report, Leading by Example: Using Information and Communication Technologies to Achieve Federal Sustainability Goals, was funded by the Digital Energy and Sustainability Solutions Campaign (DESSC). Its findings will be discussed by C2ES Senior Adviser Stephen Seidel at two sessions at the 2012 GreenGov Symposium on Tuesday at 3 p.m. and Wednesday at 8:30 a.m.

The case studies document how the use of smarter technologies enable agencies to use less energy and reduce greenhouse gas emissions while at the same time cutting costs and enhancing productivity.

“As the nation’s largest landlord, fleet operator, and purchaser of goods and services, the federal government has both the opportunity and responsibility to lead by example in moving our nation in a more sustainable direction,” said C2ES President Eileen Claussen.

Among the examples in the report:

  • In a pilot project, the General Services Administration redesigned office space at its headquarters in a flexible way that embraced the latest mobility and collaboration tools, reduced the amount of space it needed and cut energy use by 45 percent.
  • To better manage its vehicle fleet, the Smithsonian Institution implemented a state-of-the-art information management system and uses GPS tracking (telematics) to improve the utilization of its fleet, resulting in an 18 percent reduction in the number of its light-duty vehicles.
  • NASA brought space-age technology down to earth in its Sustainability Base office building, which is capable of producing more electricity than it consumes.
  • GSA shifted its email operations from energy-intensive local servers to the cloud, cutting energy costs by 85 percent.

Among the lessons that can be drawn from the case studies is the importance of setting clear, measurable goals and tracking progress toward success.

The eight case studies in the report are:

  • GSA's Prototype Alternative Workspace: Redesigning the Federal Workplace for the 21st Century
  • Sustainability Base: Channeling NASA's Expertise to Create a High-Performance Building Here on Earth
  • Defense Connect Online: Advancing Sustainability through Enhanced Collaboration and Communication Tools
  • Shift to the Cloud: Achieving Efficiency through Cloud Computing and Data Center Consolidation
  • Fleet Management at the Smithsonian: Using New Tools to Advance Sustainability and Efficiency
  • Testing New Building Technologies at DoD and GSA: Advancing Energy-Saving Innovations
  • Energy Savings at Sector San Juan: The Coast Guard's Innovative Shift to Clean Energy in Puerto Rico
  • GSA's Print Management Initiatives: Cutting Costs and Saving Energy Through Smarter Printing

About C2ES

The Center for Climate and Energy Solutions (C2ES) is an independent nonprofit, nonpartisan organization promoting strong policy and action to address the twin challenges of energy and climate change. Launched in November 2011, C2ES is the successor to the Pew Center on Global Climate Change.

The 112th Congress on climate change: Deadlocked

As Congress heads home this week to campaign for re-election, we thought we’d round up a list of all the bills, resolutions, and amendments so far this Congress that focus on climate change.  (For brevity, all legislative proposals are referred to here as “bills.”)  This is not a comprehensive list of the more than 1,000 bills touching on energy, environment, transportation, agriculture and other areas that would have an impact on climate change.  Rather it’s a list of the bills whose authors thought it was important to explicitly reference climate change or related terms such as greenhouse gases or carbon dioxide – terms that themselves have become political flash points.

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Bills of the 112th Congress Concerning Climate Change

The bills, resolutions, and amendments of the 112th Congress dealing with climate change are divided into the following categories:

Bill categories:

CLIMATE CHANGE SCIENCE

H.RES.672: Expressing the sense of the House of Representatives that the energy, environmental, and foreign policies of the United States should reflect appropriate understanding and sensitivity concerning issues related to climate change, as documented by credible scientific findings and as evidenced by the extreme weather events of recent years.
This resolution would acknowledge that climate change is happening; that human activities are a primary cause; and that climate change poses intolerable risks to the health, safety, and welfare of current and future generations of the United States. Sponsor: Rep. James P. Moran (D-VA) (introduced 5/31/2012).

S.116: Public Access to Historical Records Act
This bill would direct the Administrator of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) to establish an official dataset on the historical temperature record. Of particular relevance, it would require persons and entities engaged in global climate research funded by the federal government to utilize the dataset as a source of data on the historical temperature record. Sponsor: Sen. David Vitter (R-LA) (introduced 1/25/2011).

ADAPTATION

H.R.3314: Climate Change Health Protection and Promotion Act
This bill would direct the Secretary of Health and Human Services to develop a national strategic action plan to assist health professionals in preparing for and responding to the public health effects of climate change. Specifically, it would direct the Secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS) to: (1) publish a national strategic action plan to assist health professionals to prepare for and respond to the impacts of climate change on public health in the United States and other nations, particularly developing nations; (2) revise such plan periodically to reflect new information on the impacts of climate change on public health; (3) establish a permanent science advisory board to provide advice and recommendations on the domestic and international impacts of climate change on public health; and (4) contract with the National Research Council and the Institute of Medicine to prepare a report that assesses the needs for health professionals to prepare for and respond to climate change impacts on public health. Sponsor: Rep. Lois Capps (D-CA) (introduced 11/2/2011).

H.R.3570: Oceans and Human Health Reauthorization Act of 2011
This bill would expand the interagency oceans and human health research program established under the Oceans and Human Health Act to: (1) direct the President, through the National Science and Technology Council (NSTC), to deliver information, products, and services to reduce public health risks and enhance health benefits from the ocean; and (2) include within the term "oceans" the Great Lakes and related coastal areas. Of particular relevance, it would authorize coordination with interagency working groups of the Subcommittee on Ocean Science and Technology, through the National Science and Technology Council NSTC, to monitor and reduce marine public health problems, including climate change. Sponsor: Rep. Lois Capps (D-CA) (introduced 12/6/2011).

H.R.4314: To amend the Coastal Zone Management Act of 1972 to require the Secretary of Commerce to establish a coastal climate change adaptation planning and response program, and for other purposes.
See bill title for summary. Sponsor: Rep. Lois Capps (D-CA) (introduced 3/29/2012).

H.CON.RES.15: Expressing the sense of the Congress that the United States Fish and Wildlife Service should incorporate consideration of global warming and sea-level rise into the comprehensive conservation plans for coastal national wildlife refuges, and for other purposes.
This resolution would express the sense of Congress that the United States Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) should incorporate consideration of the effects of global warming and sea-level rise into the comprehensive conservation plan for each coastal national wildlife refuge. Sponsor: Rep. Donna M. Christensen (D-VI) (introduced 2/9/2011). Action: 9/1/2011 House committee/subcommittee actions. Action: Recalled by full committee.

H.CON.RES.84: Recognizing the disparate impact of climate change on women and the efforts of women globally to address climate change.
This resolution would give recognition to the disparate impacts of climate change on women and the efforts of women globally to address these impacts. It would also address the need for balanced participation of men and women in climate change adaptation and mitigation efforts and encourage the use of gender-sensitive frameworks in developing climate change policies. Sponsor: Rep. Barbara Lee (D-CA) (introduced 11/3/2011).

S.1313: Clean Estuaries Act of 2011
This bill would amend the Federal Water Pollution Control Act to reauthorize the National Estuary Program. Of particular relevance, it calls for a comprehensive conservation and management plan and requires the plan to address the impacts of the changing climate on the estuary. Sponsor: Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) (introduced 6/30/2011).

S.1582: Clean Coastal Environment and Public Health Act of 2011
This bill would amend the Federal Water Pollution Control Act (commonly known as the Clean Water Act) to require the EPA, upon the publication of the new or revised water quality criteria, to publish a list of all pathogens and pathogen indicators studied in developing such criteria. The bill would also require the EPA to study the long-term impact of climate change on pollution of coastal recreation waters. Sponsor: Sen. Frank Lautenberg (D-NJ) (introduced 9/20/2011).

S.1601: Department of State, Foreign Operations, and Related Programs Appropriations Act, 2012
This bill proposes appropriations for the Department of State, foreign operations, and related programs for the fiscal year ending September 30, 2012. Of particular relevance, it would obligate funds for programs to reduce greenhouse gases and support climate change adaptation, and protect forests, other critical landscapes, and biodiversity. Sponsor: Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-VT) (introduced 9/22/2011).

S.1881: SAFE Act
This bill would establish an integrated Federal program to respond to ongoing and expected impacts of climate variability and change by protecting, restoring, and conserving the natural resources of the United States and to maximize government efficiency and reduce costs, in cooperation with State, local, and tribal governments and other entities. Sponsor: Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) (introduced 11/16/2011).

CARBON TAX

H.R.3242: Save Our Climate Act of 2011
This bill would amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 by imposing a tax on primary fossil fuels based on their carbon content. Sponsor: Rep. Pete Stark (D-CA) (introduced 10/24/2011).

H.R.6338: Managed Carbon Price Act of 2012
This bill would amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 by requiring a Federal emission permit for the sale or use of a fossil fuel or greenhouse gas and returning the funds to taxpayers. Sponsor: Rep. Jim McDermott (D-WA) (introduced 8/2/2012).

H.CON.RES.142: Expressing the opposition of Congress to Federal efforts to establish a carbon tax on fuels for electricity and transportation.  See bill title for summary.  Sponsor: Rep. David McKinley (R-WV) (introduced 11/30/2012).

H.CON.RES.144:  Expressing the sense of Congress that a carbon tax is not in the economic interest of the United States.  This bill would suggest that a carbon tax would be detrimental to American families and businesses and therefore is not in the best interest of the United States. Sponsor: Rep. Mike Pompeo (R-KS) (introduced 12/7/2012).

S.CON.RES.61: A concurrent resolution expressing the sense of Congress that a carbon tax is not in the economic interest of the United States.  This bill would suggest that a carbon tax would be detrimental to American families and businesses and therefore is not in the best interest of the United States.  Sponsor: Sen. David Vitter (R-LA) (introduced 12/6/2012).

TRANSPORTATION

H.R.1123: TIFIA Expansion Act of 2011
This bill would revise the Transportation Infrastructure Finance and Innovation Act (TIFIA) to make eligible for TIFIA funding any projects that are for the design, acquisition, construction, or rehabilitation of one or more transportation projects that reduce emissions of greenhouse gases or have a positive impact on traffic congestion. Sponsor: Rep. Laura Richardson (D-CA) (introduced 3/16/2011).

H.R.1149: To amend the Clean Air Act to include algae-based biofuel in the renewable fuel program and amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to include algae-based biofuel in the cellulosic biofuel producer credit.
This bill would amend the Clean Air Act to include algae-based biofuel in the renewable fuel program. It would define "algae-based biofuel" as liquid fuel derived from the biomass of single- or multi-cellular organisms that have lifecycle greenhouse gas emissions that are at least 60% less than the baseline for such emissions. Sponsor: Rep. Brian P. Bilbray (R-CA) (introduced 3/17/2011).

H.R.1380: New Alternative Transportation to Give Americans Solutions Act of 2011
This bill would require the Secretary of Energy to provide funding to improve the performance, efficiency, and integration of natural gas powered motor vehicles and heavy-duty on-road vehicles. It would authorize the Secretary to make grants to manufacturers of light and heavy duty natural gas vehicles for the development of engines that reduce greenhouse gas emissions, improve performance and efficiency, and lower cost. The bill would also provide tax incentives for vehicles running on alternative and LNG fuels. Sponsor: Rep. John Sullivan (R-OK) (introduced 4/6/2011).

H.R.2036: American Alternative Fuels Act of 2011
This bill would repeal certain barriers to domestic fuel production. Of particular relevance, it would amend the Clean Air Act to require the Administrator of the EPA to consider each gallon of renewable biomass produced from algae to be equal to three gallons of renewable fuel if the algae-based fuel was produced using carbon dioxide captured in a manner that prevented its uncontrolled release into the atmosphere during a separate energy production process. The purpose of this would be to provide an algae-based fuel incentive when calculating the applicable volume of renewable fuel for each calendar year. Sponsor: Rep. Morgan Griffith (R-VA) (introduced 5/26/2011).

H.R.2317: Promoting Green Transportation Infrastructure through Research and Development Act
This bill would promote green transportation infrastructure through research and development. It would move the Office of Climate Change and Environment into the Research and Innovative Technology Administration (RITA) of the Department of Transportation (DOT) and would require it to coordinate research, development, and technology transfer activities: (1) that focus on transportation-related emissions and energy reduction strategies, and (2) on the impacts of climate change on surface transportation infrastructure. Sponsor: Rep. David Wu (D-OR) (introduced 6/23/2011).

H.R.2609: Enhancing Livability for All Americans Act of 2011
This bill would establish within the Office of the Secretary of Transportation an Office of Livability. It would require the Office Director to establish a program to award competitive grants to eligible entities involved in surface transportation planning. Projects that reduce greenhouse gases, among other things, would be given priority. Sponsor: Rep. Steve Cohen (D-TN) (introduced 7/21/2011).

H.AMDT.1486: Amendment to H.R. 3409.
This amendment would require the Secretary of Transportation to submit a report to Congress estimating the number of jobs, the fatalities and injuries, and the cost to the economy caused by the "2017 and Later Model Year light-Duty Vehicle Greenhouse Gas Emissions and Corporate Average Fuel Economy Standards" rule. Sponsor: Rep. Mike Kelly (R-PA) (offered 9/21/12).  Actions:  Passed/Agreed to in the House by recorded vote: 242-168.

S.187: Biofuels Market Expansion Act of 2011
This bill would require automobile manufacturers to ensure that at least 50% of 2014 and 2015 model year automobiles and light duty trucks manufactured for sale in the United States are dual fueled. It would also amend the Energy Policy Act of 2005 to make renewable fuel pipelines eligible for loan guarantees for projects that avoid, reduce, or sequester air pollutants or emissions of greenhouse gases. Sponsor: Sen. Tom Harkin (D-IA) (introduced 1/25/2011).

S.326: Federal Surface Transportation Policy and Planning Act of 2011
This bill would address surface transportation. Of particular relevance, it would set forth certain U.S. policy objectives and goals, including reducing national surface transportation-generated carbon dioxide levels by 40% by 2030. Sponsor: Sen. John D. Rockefeller IV (D-WV) (introduced 2/10/2011).

S.559: Securing America's Future with Energy and Sustainable Technologies Act
This bill would largely deal with renewable fuel standards. Of particular relevance, the bill would amend the Clean Air Act to revise the renewable fuel program. In particular, it would redefine "advanced biofuel"; and would require the Administrator of the EPA to exempt certain greenhouse gas emission requirements for advanced biofuel and biomass-based diesel on an annual basis for newer facilities. Sponsor: Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) (introduced 3/10/2011).

S.1294: Oil Independence for a Stronger America Act of 2011
This bill would establish a national energy security program in the Executive Office of the President with the purpose of reducing oil consumption by 2030. It would also direct the Secretary of Transportation (DOT) and the Administrator of the EPA to establish joint regulations of fuel efficiency standards and greenhouse gas emissions limitations for certain vehicles. In addition, it would amend the Clean Air Act to direct the EPA Administrator to promulgate regulations to establish national transportation-related goals for reducing oil consumption and greenhouse gas emissions and it would call for standardized models and methods for local authorities and air quality agencies to address oil savings and emission reduction goals. Sponsor: Sen. Jeff Merkley (D-OR) (introduced 6/29/2011).

S.1602: Changing How America Reduces Greenhouse Emissions (CHARGE) Act
This bill would change how the U.S. reduced greenhouse gas emission. It would amend the Internal Revenue Code to expand the tax credit for new qualified plug-in electric drive motor vehicles to include vehicles that are powered by an alternative electrical energy storage device other than a battery. Sponsor: Sen. Mike Crapo (R-ID) (introduced 9/22/2011).

OIL SANDS PROCUREMENT

H.R.3101: To repeal a limitation on Federal procurement of certain fuels.
This bill would repeal the provision of the Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007 which prohibits federal agencies from procuring a fuel that has a greater greenhouse gas footprint throughout its lifecycle than conventional petroleum source. Sponsor: Rep. Michael Conaway (R-TX) (introduced 10/5/2011).

H.AMDT.416: Amendment to H.R.2055.
This amendment would prohibit the use of funds to enforce the provision of the Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007 which prohibits federal agencies from procuring a fuel that has a greater greenhouse gas footprint throughout its lifecycle than conventional petroleum sources. Sponsor: Rep. Bill Flores (R-TX) (offered 6/13/2011). Action: Agreed to by the House by voice vote.

H.AMDT.1078: Amendment to H.R.5326.
This amendment would prohibit use of funds in the bill to enforce the provision of the Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007 which prohibits federal agencies from procuring a fuel that has a greater greenhouse gas footprint throughout its lifecycle than conventional petroleum sources. Sponsor: Rep. Bill Flores (R-TX) (introduced 5/9/2012). Action: Agreed to by recorded vote: 250 – 173.

H.AMDT.1227: Amendment to H.R.5325.
This amendment would prohibit the use of funds to enforce the provision of the Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007 which prohibits federal agencies from procuring a fuel that has a greater greenhouse gas footprint throughout its lifecycle than conventional petroleum sources. Sponsor: Rep. Bill Flores (R-TX) (introduced 6/5/2012). Action: Agreed to by voice vote.

S.937: American Alternative Fuels Act of 2011
This bill would repeal the provision of the Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007 which prohibits federal agencies from procuring a fuel that has a greater greenhouse gas footprint throughout its lifecycle than conventional petroleum sources. Sponsor: Sen. John Barrasso (R-WY) (introduced 5/10/2011).

S.1043: Oil Sands Energy Security Act of 2011
This bill would repeal the provision of the Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007 which prohibits federal agencies from procuring a fuel that has a greater greenhouse gas footprint throughout its lifecycle than conventional petroleum sources. Sponsor: Sen. Lindsey Graham (SC) (introduced 5/23/2011).

AIRLINE EMISSIONS

H.R.658: FAA Modernization and Reform Act of 2012
This bill would authorize appropriations for the Federal Aviation Administration for fiscal years 2011 through 2014. Of particular relevance, it would express the sense of Congress that the United States should use all political, diplomatic, and legal tools at the disposal of the United States to ensure that the European Union's carbon pricing requirement for airlines flying into Europe is not applied to U.S. airlines. Sponsor: Rep. John L.Mica (R-FL) (introduced 2/11/2011). Actions: 4/1/2011: Passed/agreed to in House: On passage Passed by recorded vote: 223 – 196. 4/7/2011: Passed/agreed to in Senate: Passed Senate with an amendment by Unanimous Consent. 2/3/2012: Conference report agreed to in House: Yeas and Nays: 248 – 169. 2/6/2012: Conference report agreed to in Senate: Yea-Nay Vote. 75 - 20. 2/14/2012: Signed by President and designated Public Law No: 112-095.

H.R.2594: European Union Emissions Trading Scheme Prohibition Act of 2011
This bill would direct the Secretary of Transportation (DOT) to prohibit U.S airlines' compliance with the European Union's carbon pricing requirement for airlines flying into Europe. Sponsor: Rep. John L. Mica (R-FL) (introduced 7/20/2011). Actions: 10/5/201: Reported by the Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure and discharged by the Committee on Foreign Affairs. 10/24/2011: Passed in House by voice vote.

H.AMDT.1356: Amendment to H.R.5972. This amendment would prohibit the use of funds to implement U.S airlines' compliance with the European Union's carbon pricing requirement for airlines flying into Europe. Sponsor: Rep. Chip Cravaack (R-MN) (introduced 6/27/2012). Action: Agreed to by voice vote.

S.1956: European Union Emissions Trading Scheme Prohibition Act of 2011

This bill would direct the Secretary of Transportation (DOT) to prohibit an operator of a U.S. civil aircraft from participating in any emissions trading scheme unilaterally established by the European Union if the Secretary determines such prohibition to be in the public interest.  It would also directs the Secretary, the Administrator of the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), and other appropriate U.S. government officials to use their authority to conduct international negotiations and take other actions in the public interest to ensure that operators of U.S. civil aircraft are held harmless from any such scheme.  Sponsor: Sen John Thune (R-SD).  Actions: 12/7/2011 Introduced in Senate; 8/2/2012 Committee on Science, Commerce, and Transportation.  Reported by Sen Rockefeller with an amendment in the nature of a substitute.  With written report No. 112-195; 9/22/2012 Passed/agreed to in Senate with an amendment by Unanimous Consent.

S.AMDT.2859: An amendment to S.1956, to prohibit the use of taxpayer dollars to pay taxes and penalties imposed on United States air carriers pursuant to the European Union emissions trading scheme.  Sponsor: Sen Benjamin Cardin [D-MD] (introduced 9/22/2012).  Action: 9/22/2012 Senate amendment agreed to by Unanimous Consent.

S.AMDT.2860: An amendment to S.1956, to provide for the reassessment by the Secretary of Transportation of a determination that it is in the public interest to prohibit operators of civil aircraft of the United States from participating in the European Union's emissions trading scheme.  Sponsor: Sen Jeff Merkley [D-OR] (introduced 9/22/2012).  Action: 9/22/2012  Agreed to in Senate by Unanimous Consent.

 

CARBON CAPTURE AND STORAGE

H.R.301: New Manhattan Project for Energy Independence
This bill would promote research, development, demonstration, and commercial application of technologies through a system of grants and prizes on the scale of the original Manhattan Project. Of particular relevance, it would encourage the development and implementation of a carbon capture and storage system for large scale coal-burning power plants. Sponsor: Rep. Randy Forbes (R-VA) (introduced 1/18/2011).

H.R.1023: No More Excuses Energy Act of 2011
This bill would secure energy for American consumption and transmission. Of particular relevance, it would repeal the minimum gas capture requirement for purposes of the carbon dioxide sequestration tax credit. Sponsor: Rep. Mac Thornberry (R-TX) (introduced 3/10/2011).

H.R.2845: Pipeline Safety, Regulatory Certainty, and Job Creation Act of 2011
This bill would address the transportation of energy products by pipeline. Of particular relevance, it would direct the Secretary of Transportation to prescribe minimum safety standards for the transportation of carbon dioxide by pipeline in a gaseous state. It also would require the Secretary to consider whether current federal safety standards for pipelines that transport carbon dioxide in both a liquid and gaseous state would ensure safety. Sponsor: Rep. Bill Shuster (R-PA) (introduced 9/7/2011). Actions: 12/1/2011: Reported by the Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure. 12/12/2011: Passed by House by voice vote. 12/13/2011: Passed by the Senate by Unanimous Consent. 1/3/2012: Signed by President into law and designated Public Law No: 112-090.

H.R.3308: Energy Freedom and Economic Prosperity Act
This bill would amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to terminate certain energy tax subsidies and lower the corporate income tax rate. Of particular relevance, it repeals the tax credit for carbon dioxide sequestration. Sponsor: Rep. Mike Pompeo (KS-4) (introduced 11/2/2011).

H.AMDT.681: Amendment to H.R.2354.
This bill would prohibit the use of funds for the purpose of providing loan guarantees for "carbon capture and sequestration projects.
Sponsor: Rep. Dana Rohrabacher (R-CA) (offered 7/14/2011). Action: Failed by recorded vote: 68 – 351.

S.234: Strengthening Pipeline Safety and Enforcement Act of 2011
This bill would amend title 49, United States Code, to provide for enhanced safety and environmental protection in pipeline transportation and to provide for enhanced reliability in the transportation of United States energy products by pipeline. In particular, it would direct the Secretary of Transportation to prescribe minimum safety standards for the pipeline transportation of carbon dioxide in gaseous form. (Under current law, the Secretary is required to prescribe minimum standards for the pipeline transportation of carbon dioxide in liquefied form). Sponsor: Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) (introduced 1/31/2011).

S.275: Pipeline Transportation Safety Improvement Act of 2011
This bill would address the transportation of energy products by pipeline. Of particular relevance, it would direct the Secretary of Transportation to prescribe minimum safety standards for the pipeline transportation of carbon dioxide in gaseous form. Sponsor: Sen. Frank Lautenberg (D-NJ) (introduced 2/3/2011). Actions: 7/7/2011: Reported by the Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation. 10/17/2011: Passed by Senate by Unanimous Consent.

S.699: Department of Energy Carbon Capture and Sequestration Program Amendments Act of 2011
This bill would promote the development of carbon capture and sequestration (CCS) projects. Specifically, it would amend the Energy Policy Act of 2005 to direct the Secretary of Energy (DOE) to carry out a demonstration program for the commercial application of systems for the capture, injection, monitoring, and long-term geological storage of carbon dioxide from industrial sources. It would also authorize the Secretary of Energy to enter into cooperative agreements to provide financial and technical assistance to demonstration projects and it sets forth requirements for demonstration projects relating to site safety, environmental protection and remediation, and site closure. Sponsor: Sen. Jeff Bingaman (D-NM) (introduced 3/31/2011).

S.757: Carbon Dioxide Capture Technology Prize Act of 2011
This bill would provide incentives to encourage the development and implementation of technology to capture carbon dioxide from dilute sources on a significant scale using direct air capture technologies. Sponsor: Sen. John Barrasso (R-WY) (introduced 4/7/2011).

S.1321: Practical Energy Plan Act of 2011
This bill would establish energy policies intended to reduce dependence on foreign oil. Of particular relevance, it would amend the Internal Revenue Code to allow a new tax credit for investment in a project which captures carbon dioxide that is emitted in connection with power generation or industrial production. Sponsor: Sen. Richard Lugar (R-IN) (introduced 6/30/2011).

S.2064: Energy Freedom and Economic Prosperity Act
This bill would amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to terminate certain energy tax subsidies and lower the corporate income tax rate. It would repeal the following: (1) the excise tax credits for alcohol fuel, biodiesel, and alternative fuel mixtures; (2) the tax credits for the purchase of certain plug-in electric vehicles and alternative motor vehicles; (3) the alternative fuel vehicle refueling property tax credit; (4) the tax credits for alcohol used as fuel and for biodiesel and renewable diesel used as fuel; (5) the enhanced oil recovery tax credit and the tax credit for producing oil and gas from marginal wells; (6) the tax credit for carbon dioxide sequestration; (7) the energy tax credit; and (8) the tax credits for investment in qualifying advanced coal projects and qualifying gasification projects. It also would terminate, after 2012, the tax credits for the production of electricity from certain renewable resources and from advanced nuclear power facilities. Sponsor: Sen. Jim DeMint (R-SC) (introduced 2/2/2012).

S.3581: To amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to modify the credit for carbon dioxide sequestration.
This bill would reform the existing 45Q tax credit for companies using captured carbon dioxide in enhanced oil recovery operations by: designating the owner of the CO2 capture facility as the primary taxpayer; establishing a registration, credit allocation, and certification process; changing the recapture provision to ensure that any regulations issued after the disposal or use of CO2 shall not enable the government to recapture credits that were awarded according to regulations that existed at the time; and authorizing limited transferability of the credit within the CO2 chain of custody, from the primary taxpayer to the entity responsible for disposing of the CO2. Sponsor: Sen. Kent Conrad (D-ND) (introduced 9/20/2012).

S.AMDT.805: Amendment to H.R.2112.
This amendment would set aside certain funding for the construction, acquisition, or improvement of fossil-fueled electric generating plants that utilize carbon sequestration systems. Sponsor: Sen. Thad Cochran (R-MS) (submitted 10/18/2011) (proposed 10/21/2011). Action: Amendment agreed to in Senate by Unanimous Consent.

OTHER CLEAN TECHNOLOGY

H.R.66: Waste-to-Energy Technology Act of 2011
This bill would amend the Internal Revenue Code to allow a 30% energy tax credit for investment in qualified waste-to-energy property. In particular, it would require the Secretary of Treasury to establish standards for waste-to-energy projects. The standards would include whether the projects use the least amount of recyclable materials, will provide the greatest impact in avoiding or reducing air pollutants or greenhouse gas emissions, and whether the projects will have the lowest cost of generated, stored or reduced energy or greenhouse gas emission. Sponsor: Rep. Lloyd Doggett (D-TX) (introduced 1/5/2011).

H.R.230: 21st Century Energy Independence Act of 2011
This bill would authorize the Secretary of Energy to make loan guarantees for cellulosic ethanol production technology development. Specifically, it would instruct the Secretary of Energy (DOE) to seek to ensure the reduction of carbon dioxide emissions from the production and use of renewable fuels by 25%. Sponsor: Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee (D-TX) (introduced 1/7/2011).

H.R.502: Clean Energy Technology Manufacturing and Export Assistance Act of 2011
This bill would require the Secretary of Commerce to establish a Clean Energy Technology Manufacturing and Export Assistance Fund. It would also require the Secretary to promote policies that will reduce production costs and encourage innovation, investment, and productivity in the clean energy technology sector, and implement a national clean energy technology export strategy. The Act defines "clean energy technology" to mean a technology related to the production, use, transmission, storage, control, or conservation of energy that will contribute to a stabilization of atmospheric greenhouse gas concentrations. Sponsor: Rep. Doris Matsui (D-CA) (introduced 1/26/2011).

H.R. 6582: American Energy Manufacturing Technical Corrections Act This bill approved such measures as establishing best practices for “smart” electric meters in the federal government, as well as setting federal energy management and data collection standards.  Section 3 of the bill, The Uniform Efficiency Descriptor for Covered Water Heaters section, would ease regulatory burdens by directing the Department of Energy (DOE) to transition from having separate definitions for two types of water heaters, to having a single definition for all covered water heaters. Sponsor: Rep. Robert Aderholt (R-AL).  Action: 12/4/ 2012- Passed in the house 398-2; 12/6/2012- Passed in the Senate without amendment by unanimous consent; 12/18/12: Signed by the President and became publi law.

H.R.849: Light Bulb Freedom of Choice Act
This bill would repeal the phase out of incandescent light bulbs unless the Comptroller General were to make certain specific findings, including the finding that the phase-out of incandescent light bulbs will reduce overall carbon dioxide emissions by 20% in the United States by 2025. Sponsor: Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-MN) (introduced 3/1/2011).


H.R.2208: Smart Grid Advancement Act of 2011
This bill would require the Secretary of Energy (DOE) and the Administrator of the EPA to: assess the potential for cost-effective integration of Smart Grid technologies and capabilities in all products that are reviewed by DOE and EPA for potential designation as Energy Star products; and conduct a best case smart grid analysis by analyzing the potential energy savings, greenhouse gas emission reductions, and electricity cost savings that could accrue for such products in specified circumstances. Sponsor: Rep. Jerry McNerney (D-CA) (introduced 6/16/2011).

H.R.3759: To ensure the viability of a technology described in section 1703(b) of the Energy Policy Act of 2005.
This bill would amend the Energy Policy Act of 2005. It would allow the Secretary of Energy (DOE) to take actions that facilitate innovative technology projects that are eligible for loan guarantees- those that avoid, reduce, or sequester air pollutants or emissions of greenhouse gases. Sponsor: Rep. Jean Schmidt (R-OH) (introduced 12/20/2011).

S.1000: Energy Savings and Industrial Competitiveness Act of 2011
This bill would introduce plans for greater energy efficiency in building codes. In particular, it suggests the introduction of a building efficiency retrofit loan credit support program, a State partnership industrial energy efficiency revolving loans program, coordination of research and development of energy efficient technologies for industry, sustainable manufacturing initiatives, the study of advanced energy technology manufacturing capabilities in the United States, and authorization of appropriations. Of relevance, certain sections of the bill advocate conducting research on greenhouse gas emissions. Sponsor: Sen. Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) (introduced 5/16/2011).

S.1220: Fulfilling U.S. Energy Leadership Act of 2011
This bill would promote clean energy technologies. Of particular relevance, it would direct the Secretary of Energy to establish: a research and development funding program for technologies supporting the development, manufacture, and deployment of plug-in electric drive vehicles and related charging infrastructure and a clean energy standard that promotes the use of renewable and other low-carbon sources of electricity. Sponsor: Sen. Kent Conrad (D-ND) (introduced 6/16/2011).

S.1510: Clean Energy Financing Act of 2011
This bill would promote clean energy technologies. It would improve existing programs by establishing a Clean Energy Deployment Administration that will provide for an attractive investment environment through partnerships with and support of the private capital market in order to promote access to affordable financing for accelerated and widespread deployment of: (1) clean energy technologies; (2) advanced or enabling energy infrastructure technologies; (3) energy efficiency and clean distributed energy technologies in residential, commercial, and industrial applications, including end-use efficiency in buildings; and (4) manufacturing technologies. Sponsor: Sen. Jeff Bingaman (D-NM) (introduced 8/30/2011).

S.1586: Clean Energy Technology Manufacturing and Export Assistance Act of 2011
This bill would require the Secretary of Commerce to establish a Clean Energy Technology Manufacturing and Export Assistance Program. It calls for policies that encourage the production of clean energy technologies and in particular, those that contribute to a stabilization of atmospheric greenhouse gas concentrations through reduction, avoidance, or long-term sequestration of energy-related emissions. Sponsor: Sen. Mark Pryor (D-AR) (introduced 9/21/2011).

S.1764: Make It in America Tax Credit Act of 2011
This bill would amend the Internal Revenue Code to expand the qualifying advanced energy project credit by allocating $5 billion of grants or tax credit amounts in 2011 to manufacturers in the United States of goods and components that are used in alternative energy projects. Sponsor: Sen. Debbie Stabenow (D-MI) (introduced 10/31/2011).

S.1895: Upstate Works Act
This bill would require the Secretary of Commerce to establish a program for the award of grants to States to establish revolving loan funds for small and medium-sized manufacturers to improve energy efficiency and produce clean energy technology. Of particular relevance, a clean energy technology is one that, amongst other things, reduces greenhouse gas concentrations. Sponsor: Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) (introduced 11/17/2011).

S.2146: Clean Energy Standard Act of 2012
This bill would require each electric utility to obtain more than a given percent of the electricity sold annually from "clean energy." To be considered "clean," a generator must either be a zero-carbon source of energy, like renewables and nuclear power, or have a lower carbon intensity than a modern, efficient coal plant. Combined heat and power (CHP) units would also be treated as clean generators. By 2035, utilities would obtain at least 84% of electricity from such sources, either directly generating the electricity themselves or purchasing tradable credits from other generators. Sponsor: Sen. Jeff Bingaman (D-NM) (introduced 3/1/2012).

S.2515: Clean Cookstoves Support Act of 2012
This bill would promote the use of clean cookstoves. Of particular relevance, it would include research and development, and improving access to large-scale carbon financing. Sponsor: Sen. Susan Collins (R-ME) (introduced 5/7/2012).

PROHIBITING REGULATION OF GREENHOUSE GAS EMISSIONS

H.R.1: Full-Year Continuing Appropriations Act, 2011
This bill specifies the uses of appropriated funds. Of relevance, it would eliminate funding for community grants used to develop projects which reduce greenhouse gas emissions. It would also remove funding for Federal Transit Administration grants for energy efficiency and greenhouse gas reductions for FY 2010 and 2011, and would bar funding The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for any activity that would involve denying state permits due to concerns regarding possible climate change. Sponsor: Rep. Harold Rogers (R- KY) (introduced 2/11/2011). Committees: House Appropriations; House Budget. Action: 2/19/2011 Passed/agreed to in House vote: 235-189.

H.R.97: Free Industry Act
This bill would amend the Clean Air Act, excluding from the definition of the term "air pollutant" carbon dioxide, water vapor, methane, nitrous oxide, hydrofluorocarbons, perfluorocarbons, or sulfur hexafluoride; and would declare that nothing in the Act shall be treated as authorizing or requiring the regulation of climate change or global warming. Sponsor: Rep. Marsha Blackburn (R-TN) (introduced 1/5/2011).

H.R.153: Ensuring Affordable Energy Act
This bill would prohibit funding for the EPA from being used to implement or enforce: a cap-and-trade program; or any statutory or regulatory requirement pertaining to emissions of one or more greenhouse gases from stationary sources that would be issued or becomes applicable or effective after January 1, 2011. Sponsor: Rep. Ted Poe (R-TX) (introduced 1/5/2011).

H.R.199: Protect America's Energy and Manufacturing Jobs Act of 2011
This bill would prohibit the Administrator of the EPA, during the two-year period after this Act's enactment, from taking any action under the Clean Air Act with respect to any stationary source permitting requirement or requirement concerning standards of performance for new stationary sources relating to carbon dioxide or methane. Sponsor: Rep. Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV) (introduced 1/6/2011).

H.R.279: To prohibit any Federal agency or official, in carrying out any Act or program to reduce the effects of greenhouse gas emissions on climate change, from imposing a fee or tax on gaseous emissions emitted directly by livestock.
This bill would prohibit any federal agency or official from imposing a fee or tax on gaseous emissions emitted directly by livestock in carrying out any Act or program to reduce the effects of greenhouse gas emissions on climate change. Sponsor: Rep. Jeff Fortenberry (R-NE) (introduced 1/12/2011).

H.R.750: Defending America's Affordable Energy and Jobs Act
This bill would prohibit the President or any federal agency head from promulgating regulations that control greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. It would also prohibit the executive branch from enforcing or implementing any law that considers the effects of GHG emissions on the climate, unless the law is necessary to protect the public from imminent harm. Sponsor: Rep. Tim Walberg (R-MI) (introduced 2/16/2011).

H.R.909: Roadmap for America's Energy Future
This bill would hold the proposed draft of the Outer Continental Shelf Oil and Gas Leasing Program 2010-2015 to have been approved by the Secretary of the Interior as final and compliant with environmental law. Of particular relevance, the bill would amend the Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007 by repealing a former limitation on federal contracting and allowing for the acquisition of alternative fuels. It would also amend the Clean Air Act to redefine greenhouse gas, and would prohibit regulation of a greenhouse gas for climate change purposes. Lastly, it would amend the Endangered Species Act of 1973 to prohibit consideration of the climate change-related impact of a greenhouse gas upon any species of fish, wildlife, or plant. Sponsor: Rep. Devin Nunes (R-CA) (introduced 3/3/2011).

H.R.910: Energy Tax Prevention Act of 2011
This bill would amend the Clean Air Act to prohibit the Administrator of the EPA from promulgating any regulation concerning, taking action relating to, or taking into consideration the emission of a greenhouse gas (GHG) to address climate change. It would also exclude GHGs from the definition of "air pollutant" for purposes of addressing climate change. Sponsor: Rep. Fred Upton (R-MI) (introduced 3/3/2011). Actions: 4/1/2011: Reported by the Committee on Energy and Commerce. 4/7/2011: Passed the House by a vote of 255 – 172.

H.R.1287: 3-D, Domestic Jobs, Domestic Energy, and Deficit Reduction Act of 2011
Of particular relevance, this bill would prohibit consideration of the impact of greenhouse gas on any species of fish or wildlife or plant for any purpose in the implementation of an environmental impact statement. It would also direct the Secretary of State to expedite the permit request for the Keystone XL pipeline without considering greenhouse gas impacts during the permit review process. Sponsor: Rep. Rob Bishop (R-UT) (introduced 3/31/2011).

H.R.1292: Energy Production Freedom Act
This bill would amend the Clean Air Act to exclude from the definition of the term "air pollutant" carbon dioxide, methane, nitrous oxide, hydrofluorocarbons, perfluorocarbons, or sulfur hexafluoride; and it would declare that nothing in the Act shall be treated as authorizing or requiring the regulation of climate change or global warming. Sponsor: Rep. Henry Cuellar (D-TX) (introduced 3/31/2011).

H.R.1705: Transparency in Regulatory Analysis of Impacts on the Nation Act of 2011
This bill would require the President to establish the Committee for the Cumulative Analysis of Regulations that Impact Energy and Manufacturing in the United States. The committee would analyze and report on the cumulative and incremental impacts of covered rules and actions of the EPA concerning air, waste, water, and climate change for each of calendar years 2016, 2020, and 2030. Sponsor: Rep. John Sullivan (R-OK) (introduced 5/4/2011).

H.R.1777: Consumer Relief for Pain at the Pump Act
This bill would set forth a deadline for action on certain permit applications under existing Outer Continental Shelf (OCS) leases. It would amend the Gulf of Mexico Energy Security Act of 2006 to repeal the moratorium on oil and gas leasing in certain areas of the Gulf of Mexico. It would also instruct the Secretary of the Interior to offer for lease areas made available as a result of such repeal. Of particular relevance, it would declare that nothing in the bill addressing pollution control should be treated as authorizing or requiring the regulation of climate change or global warming. Sponsor: Rep. Robert Latta (R-OH) (introduced 5/5/2011).

H.R.2401: Transparency in Regulatory Analysis of Impacts on the Nation Act of 2011
This bill would require the President to establish the Committee for the Cumulative Analysis of Regulations that Impact Energy and Manufacturing in the United States. In particular, the Committee would analyze and report on the impacts of certain covered actions of the EPA concerning air, waste, water, and climate change. "Covered actions" would include those taken on or after January 1, 2009 by EPA, a state or local government, or a permitting agency, as a result of a Clean Air Act (CAA) application with respect to an air pollutant that is identified as a greenhouse gas in the CAA. Sponsor: Rep. John Sullivan (R-OK) (introduced 6/24/2011). Actions: 9/15/2011: Reported by the Committee on Energy and Commerce. 9/23/201: Passed in House by recorded vote: 249 – 169.

H.R.2603: Maintaining Agency Direction on Financial Fraud Act
This bill would prohibit the enforcement of a climate change interpretive guidance issued by the Securities and Exchange Commission. Sponsor: Rep. Bill Posey (R-FL) (introduced 7/20/2011).

H.R.3323: Freeing Agriculture to Reap More Act
Of particular relevance, this bill would amend the Clean Air Act to prohibit, subject to exemptions, the Administrator of the EPA from taking any action with respect to the emission of a greenhouse gas (GHG) to address climate change. It would also exclude GHGs from the definition of "air pollutant" for purposes of addressing climate change. Sponsor: Rep. Tim Huelskamp (R-KS) (introduced 11/2/2011).

H.R.3409: Coal Miner Employment and Domestic Energy Infrastructure Protection Act
This bill would, among other things, prohibit the Administrator of the EPA from regulating greenhouse gases. Sponsor: Rep. Bill Johnson (R-OH) (introduced 11/14/2011). Action: Passed/Agreed to in the House by recorded vote: 233-175.

H.R.6172: To prohibit the Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency from finalizing any rule imposing any standard of performance for carbon dioxide emissions from any existing or new source that is a fossil fuel-fired electric utility generating unit unless and until carbon capture and storage is found to be technologically and economically feasible.
See title for summary. Sponsor: Rep. David McKinley (R-WV) (introduced 7/24/2012).

H.RES.606: Expressing the sense of the House of Representatives regarding the notice signed by the Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency Lisa Jackson on March 27, 2012, entitled "Standards of Performance for Greenhouse Gas Emissions for New Stationary Sources: Electric Utility Generating Units."
This resolution would express the sense of the House of Representatives that: (1) Americans rely on coal and the inexpensive energy it provides for nearly half of our energy needs; (2) the proposed rule entitled "Standards of Performance for Greenhouse Gas Emissions for New Stationary Sources: Electric Utility Generating Units" will likely lead to increased energy costs, resulting in the loss of American jobs, making American businesses less competitive, and damaging our nation's economic recovery; and (3) the EPA should not be setting energy policy with environmental regulations that dictate fuel choices for new power plants. Sponsor: Rep. Steve Austria (R-OH) (introduced 3/29/2012).

H.AMDT.101: Amendment to H.R.1. This amendment would prohibit the use of funds by the EPA to implement, administer, or enforce any statutory or regulatory requirement pertaining to emissions of greenhouse gases. Sponsor: Rep. Ted Poe (R-TX) (offered 2/18/2011). Action: Agreed to by recorded vote: 249 – 177.

H.AMDT.757: Amendment to H.R.2584. This amendment would reduce the funding for the EPA's greenhouse gas registry program by $6,246,000 and apply the savings to the spending reduction account. Sponsor: Rep. Mike Pompeo (R-KS) (introduced 7/27/2011). Action: Agreed to by recorded vote: 235 – 191.

H.AMDT.1465: Amendment to H.R.4078. This amendment would keep the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) from enforcing or issuing interpretive guidance on climate change. Sponsor: Rep. Bill Posey (R-FL) (offered 7/25/2012). Action: Agreed to by recorded vote: 245 – 171.

S.15: A bill to prohibit the regulation of carbon dioxide emissions in the United States until China, India, and Russia implement similar reductions.
This bill would prohibit the Administrator of the EPA or the head of any other federal agency from regulating carbon dioxide emissions until the Secretary of Commerce certifies that China, India, and Russia have initiated carbon dioxide emission reduction standards that are substantially similar to those proposed for the United States. Sponsor: Sen. David Vitter (R-LA) (introduced 1/25/2011).

S.228: Defending America's Affordable Energy and Jobs Act
This bill would prohibit the President or any federal agency head from promulgating regulations that would control emissions of a greenhouse gas (GHG), or taking action relating to the climate effects of GHG emissions. The bill stipulates that there is an exception if it is determined that action is necessary to protect human health from imminent danger and substantial harm. Sponsor: Sen. John Barrasso (R-WY) (introduced 1/31/2011).

S.231: EPA Stationary Source Regulations Suspension Act
This bill would prohibit the Administrator of the EPA, until the end of the two-year period beginning after this Act's enactment, from taking action under the Clean Air Act (CAA) to regulate carbon dioxide or methane from stationary sources. It also would prohibit any action taken by the Administrator to make carbon dioxide or methane a pollutant subject to regulation under the CAA for any source other than a new motor vehicle or new motor vehicle engine. Sponsor: Sen. John D. Rockefeller IV (WV) (introduced 1/31/2011).

S.482: Energy Tax Prevention Act of 2011
Of relevance, this bill would amend the Clean Air Act to prohibit the Administrator of the EPA from promulgating any regulation concerning the emission of a greenhouse gas (GHG) to address climate change. It would also exclude GHGs from the definition of "air pollutant" for purposes of addressing climate change. The following activities would be exempt from the prohibition: implementing and enforcing GHG standards and fuel efficiency standards for light, medium, and heavy duty engines and vehicles; implementation of the renewable fuel program, research and development relating to climate change, ozone protection, and monitoring and reporting of carbon dioxide emissions. Sponsor: Sen. James Inhofe (R-OK) (introduced 3/3/2011).

S.609: Comprehensive Assessment of Regulations on the Economy Act of 2011
This bill would establish the Cumulative Regulatory Assessment Committee within the Department of Commerce. The Committee would assess the energy and economic impacts of various federal regulatory directives, including: the implementation of any provision relating to the interstate or international transport of air pollution with respect to any national ambient air quality standard, attainment of any such standard, new source performance standards, hazardous air pollutants, greenhouse gas emissions, cooling water intake structures, effluent guidelines for regulating the discharge of pollutants, the handling and disposal of coal combustion residuals, the regulation of fuels, or regional haze or reasonably attributable visibility impairment under the Clean Air Act or any other environmental regulations expected to have a significant impact on the electric power sector, the petroleum refining sector, the petrochemical production sector, pipeline facilities regulated by the Department of Transportation (DOT) or EPA, exploration, production, or transportation of oil and natural gas, or any other manufacturing sector. Sponsor: Sen. James Inhofe (R-OK) (introduced 3/17/2011).

S.706: 3-D, Domestic Jobs, Domestic Energy, and Deficit Reduction Act of 2011
Of particular relevance, the bill would prohibit consideration of the impact of greenhouse gas on any species of fish or wildlife or plant for any purpose in the implementation of an environmental impact statement. It would also direct the Secretary of State to expedite the permit request for the Keystone XL pipeline without considering greenhouse gas impacts during the permit review process. Additionally, it would amend the Clean Air Act, declaring that carbon dioxide, methane from agriculture or livestock, and water vapor are not air pollutants. Sponsor: Sen. David Vitter (R-LA) (introduced 3/31/2011).

S.892: Consolidation of Department of Energy and Environmental Protection Agency Act of 2011
This bill proposes to consolidate the Department of Energy (DOE) and the EPA to establish the Department of Energy and the Environment (DEE), with the primary mission of ensuring U.S. security and prosperity. Joint efforts would include protecting human health, safeguarding the natural environment, and addressing U.S. energy, environmental, and nuclear challenges through science and technology solutions. Of particular relevance, the bill would prohibit the Secretary from providing grants to communities to develop and implement projects that reduce greenhouse gas emissions in fiscal years 2012-2016. Sponsor: Sen. Richard Burr (R-NC) (introduced 5/5/2011).

S.1393: Maintaining Agency Direction on Financial Fraud Act
This bill would prohibit the enforcement of a climate change interpretive guidance issued by the Securities and Exchange Commission. Sponsor: Sen. John Barrasso (R-WY) (introduced 7/20/2011).

S.1720: Jobs Through Growth Act
Of particular relevance, this bill would amend the Clean Air Act to declare that carbon dioxide, methane from agriculture or livestock, and water vapor are not air pollutants. Sponsor: Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) (introduced 10/17/2011).

S.1752: Freedom to Breathe Act of 2011
This bill would void the final rule entitled "Use of Ozone-Depleting Substances; Removal of Essential-Use Designation (Epinephrine)." Specifically, it would prohibit the Secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS) from reissuing the rule in substantially the same form or issuing a new rule that would prohibit the production and distribution of oral pressurized metered-dose inhalers because they may emit greenhouse gas emissions. Sponsor: Sen. Pat Roberts (R-KS) (introduced 10/20/2011).

S.2199: Grow America Act of 2012
This bill would direct the House Ways and Means Committee and the Senate Committee on Finance to report tax reform legislation for individual and business taxpayers. It would require such legislation to lower the tax burden on individuals and businesses and to simplify the tax system. It would also amend the Clean Air Act to redefine "air pollutant" to exclude carbon dioxide, water vapor, methane, nitrous oxide, hydrofluorocarbons, perfluorocarbons, or sulfur hexafluoride (greenhouse gases). Sponsor: Sen. Mike Lee (R-UT) (introduced 3/15/2012).

S.2365: WEST Act
Of particular relevance, this bill would amend the Clean Air Act to define a "greenhouse gas" (GHG) as water vapor, carbon dioxide, methane, nitrous oxide, sulfur hexafluoride, hydrofluorocarbons, perfluorocarbons, or any other substance subject to regulation, action, or consideration under the Act to address climate change. It would also prohibit the Administrator of the EPA from promulgating any regulation concerning, taking action relating to, or taking into consideration the emission of a GHG. Lastly, it would exclude GHGs from the definition of "air pollutant" for purposes of addressing climate change. Sponsor: Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-UT) (introduced 4/25/2012).

S.3473: Sequestration Prevention Act of 2012
This bill would repeal automatic spending cuts (sequestration) put into place by the Budget Control Act of 2011 and would offset the cost at a total savings estimate of $61.2 billion over ten years. Of particular relevance, s. 601 would prohibit any funding for climate change or global warming. Sponsor: Sen. James Inhofe (R-OK) (introduced 8/1/2012).

S.RES.111: A resolution expressing the sense of the Senate that Congress should reject any proposal for the creation of a system of global taxation and regulation.
This resolution would express the sense of the Senate that Congress should reject any proposal for the creation of, amongst other things, a global cap-and-trade system or other climate regulation that would punish businesses in, and limit the competitiveness of, the United States. Sponsor: Sen. David Vitter (R-LA) (introduced 3/29/2011).

S.AMDT.183: Amendment to s.493.
This amendment would prohibit the Administrator of the EPA from promulgating any regulation concerning, taking action relating to, or taking into consideration the emission of a greenhouse gas to address climate change. Sponsor: Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-KY) (submitted 3/15/2011) (proposed 3/15/2011). Action: The amendment was not agreed to in Senate by Yea-Nay Vote. 50 - 50.

S.AMDT.215: Amendment to S.493.
This amendment would suspend, until the end of the 2-year period beginning on the date of enactment of this Act, any EPA action under the Clean Air Act with respect to carbon dioxide or methane pursuant to certain proceedings, other than with respect to motor vehicle emissions. Sponsor: Sen. John D. Rockefeller IV (D-WV) (submitted 3/15/2011) (proposed 4/6/2011). Action: The amendment was not agreed to in Senate by Yea-Nay Vote. 12 - 88.

S.AMDT.236: Amendment to S.493.
This amendment would prohibit the regulation of greenhouse gases from certain sources. Sponsor: Sen. Max Baucus (D-MT) (submitted 3/16/2011) (proposed 4/6/2011). Action: The amendment was not agreed to in Senate by Yea-Nay Vote. 7 - 93.

S.AMDT.277: Amendment to S.493.
This amendment would suspend, for 2 years, any EPA enforcement of greenhouse gas regulations, to exempt American agriculture from greenhouse gas regulations, and to increase the number of companies eligible to participate in the successful Advanced Energy Manufacturing Tax Credit Program. Sponsor: Sen. Debbie Stabenow (D-MI) (submitted 3/30/2011) (proposed 4/6/2011). Action: the amendment was not agreed to in Senate by Yea-Nay Vote 7 - 93.

NARROWING AMENDMENTS

H.AMDT.240: Amendment to H.R.910.
This amendment would require an EPA study to determine the long term impact of a complete ban on EPA's authority to regulate greenhouse gases. Sponsor: Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee (D-TX) (offered 4/6/2011). Action: Failed by recorded vote: 161 – 259.

H.AMDT.241: Amendment to H.R.910.
This amendment would delete the section of the underlying bill that would block EPA from regulating greenhouse gas emissions, and replace it with new procedures for finalizing greenhouse gas regulations. Sponsor: Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee (D-TX) (offered 4/6/2011). Action: Failed by recorded vote: 157 – 266.

H.AMDT.242: Amendment to H.R.910.
This amendment would clarify that voluntary programs addressing climate change classify as exceptions to the bill's prohibitions of EPA's climate change activities. Sponsor: Rep. Jerry McNerney (D-CA) (offered 4/6/2011). Action: Agreed to by voice vote.

H.AMDT.243: Amendment to H.R.910.
This amendment would remove water vapor from the definition of "greenhouse gas," strike the removal of existing EPA findings and rules, and exempt all auto standards from the prohibitions of the underlying bill. Sponsor: Rep. Henry Cuellar (D-TX) (offered 4/6/2011). Action: Failed by voice vote.

H.AMDT.247: Amendment to H.R.910.
This amendment would suspend the rescission of EPA's authority to regulate greenhouse gas emissions if EPA found climate change would increase ground level ozone, dangerous extreme weather events, an increase in dangerous food and waterborne pathogens, and other significant threats to public health. Sponsor: Rep. Jared Polis (D-CO) (offered 4/6/2011). Action: Failed by recorded vote: 168 – 257.

H.AMDT.249: Amendment to H.R.910.
This amendment would prevent the rescission of EPA's authority to regulate greenhouse gases from going into effect until the EPA Administrator, in consultation with the Secretary of Defense, certified that the consequences of not regulating greenhouse gas emissions, and its subsequent impact on climate change, including the potential to create sustained natural and humanitarian disasters and the ability to likely foster political instability where societal demands exceed the capacity of governments to cope, do not jeopardize American security interests at home or abroad. Sponsor: Rep. Bobby L. Rush (D-IL) (offered 4/6/2011). Action: Failed by recorded vote: 165 – 260.

H.AMDT.250: Amendment to H.R.910.
This amendment would include a study to determine whether regulations of the EPA under the Clean Air Act to address climate change, if not repealed or otherwise made unauthorized by the underlying bill, would cause greenhouse gas leakage and reduce the international competitiveness of United States producers of energy-intensive products. Sponsor: Rep. Michael F. Doyle (D-PA) (offered 4/6/2011). Action: Failed by recorded vote: 173 – 250.

H.AMDT.251: Amendment to H.R.910.
This amendment would codify the EPA's "Tailoring Rule" in order to exempt farms, small businesses, and small- and medium-sized stationary sources from greenhouse gas regulation. Sponsor: Rep. Ron Kind (D-WI) (offered 4/6/2011). Action: Failed by recorded vote: 160 – 264.

H.AMDT.721: Amendment to H.R.1938.
This amendment would strike the paragraph of the findings section of the underlying bill which says that analysis using EPA models shows that the Keystone XL pipeline will result in no significant change in total United States or global greenhouse gas emissions. Sponsor: Rep. Bobby L. Rush (D-IL) (offered 7/26/2011). Action: Failed by recorded vote: 164 - 261, 1 Present.

H.AMDT.723: Amendment to H.R.1938.
This bill would include a finding stating that the Supplemental Draft Environmental Impact Statement estimates that the Keystone XL pipeline would increase carbon pollution associated with United States fuel use by up to 23,000,000 metric tons of carbon dioxide. Sponsor: Rep. Donna Christensen (VI) (offered 7/26/2011). Action: Failed by voice vote.

H.AMDT.1485: Amendment to H.R. 3409.
This amendment would strike the language that would repeal EPA's scientific finding that carbon pollution endangers the public health and welfare. Sponsor: Rep. Henry Waxman (D-CA) (offered 9/21/12).  Actions: Failed in the House by recorded vote: 178-229.

H.AMDT.1487: Amendment to H.R. 3409.
This amendment would allow the EPA to take any action using its authority under the Clean Air Act to promulgate any regulation or to take into consideration the emission of a greenhouse gas to address climate change, if such action would increase North American energy independence by reducing demand for oil. Sponsor: Rep. Edward Markey (D-MA) (offered 9/21/12).  Actions:  Failed in the House by recorded vote: 164-246.

OTHER

H.R.680: To prohibit United States contributions to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change.
This bill would prohibit the President from making contributions on behalf of the United States to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. Sponsor: Rep. Blaine Luetkemeyer (R-MO) (introduced 2/11/2011).

S.2465: Energy and Water Development and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2013
This bill proposes appropriations for energy and water development and related agencies for the fiscal year ending September 30, 2013. Of particular relevance, s. 313 of the bill states that it would amend the Energy Policy Act of 1992 to repeal, for baseline periods 1987-1990, the requirement that the Secretary develop an inventory of the national aggregate of greenhouse gases. Sponsor: Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) (introduced 4/26/2012).

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New car rules get it right on energy, the environment and the economy

Today the federal government issued vehicle fuel economy and greenhouse gas standards that enjoy broad support from automakers, auto workers, environmental groups, and consumers. Why is everyone so happy, when the idea of regulation is anathema to so many? It’s both because of what the rules do, and how they do it.

As a result of these new standards, we will see the fuel economy of the average new vehicle increase by up to 90 percent by 2025. That will save each car buyer thousands of dollars in fuel costs. We’ll also see greenhouse gas emissions from the average new vehicle decrease 40 percent.

This represents the single largest step ever by the federal government aimed at reducing the carbon emissions that are warming the planet.

The new rules achieve these important goals by setting tough environmental and energy objectives, but leaving it to businesses to innovate to achieve them. This flexibility means that consumers will still have a wide choice of vehicles in the marketplace.

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Eileen Claussen Comments on the Federal Government's New Fuel Economy Standards

Statement of Eileen Claussen
President, Center for Climate and Energy Solutions

Aug. 28, 2012

This is a win all around - it saves consumers money, reduces dependence on foreign oil, and is the biggest step ever by the United States aimed at reducing carbon emissions.

While Congress remains utterly gridlocked on energy and climate issues, the Obama administration and the auto industry have proven that real progress is still possible.  Working together, they've crafted a common-sense solution that taps technological innovation to benefit both the economy and the environment. Credit also goes to the state of California, for paving the way, and to the regulatory flexibility afforded by the Clean Air Act.

This is a victory for climate protection, but only one of the major steps needed to dramatically reduce our carbon emissions. Next we must tackle emissions from power plants and other stationary sources. The climate benefits may not be as easy to see as lower prices at the pump, but are no less real.

Recent extreme weather and the worst drought in half a century illustrate the costly toll of increased warming. Climate change is no longer a prediction - it is here and now. As the costs become more pronounced, we will hopefully see the strong public support and political leadership needed to mobilize an effective across-the-board response.

For more information, view our Federal Vehicle Standards page.

Contact: Laura Rehrmann, 703-516-0621, rehrmannl@c2es.org
 

2013 Climate Leadership Awards Application Period Now Open

Press Release
August 22, 2012

Contact: Laura Rehrmann, 703-516-0621, rehrmannl@c2es.org

2013 Climate Leadership Awards Application Period Now Open

Apply NOW, due October 12

Calling national attention to exemplary leadership in response to climate change, the Climate Leadership Awards program is seeking its 2013 crop of corporate, organizational and individual leaders. Officially opening its application period, U.S. EPA and its three NGO partners -- The Climate Registry (The Registry), the Center for Climate and Energy Solutions (C2ES), and the Association of Climate Change Officers (ACCO) -- are now accepting applications for 2013 awards through October 12, 2012. EPA’s Climate Leadership Awards webpage details the application process.

Climate Leadership Award winners will be publicly honored in early 2013 at an awards gala in conjunction with the Climate Leadership Conference to be held in Washington, DC. Awards criteria have been updated, recognizing leadership in the following categories:

  • Excellence in Greenhouse Gas Management (Goal Setting Certificate)
    Recognizes organizations that publicly report and verify corporate GHG inventories and publicly set aggressive GHG emissions reduction goals.
  • Excellence in Greenhouse Gas Management (Goal Achievement Award)
    Recognizes organizations that publicly report and verify corporate GHG inventories and achieve aggressive GHG emissions reduction goals.
  • Supply Chain Leadership Award
    Recognizes organizations that have their own comprehensive GHG inventories and aggressive emissions reduction goals and can demonstrate they are at the leading edge of managing GHGs in their organizational supply chains.
  • Organizational Leadership Award
    Recognizes organizations that not only have their own comprehensive GHG inventories and aggressive emissions reduction goals, but also exemplify leadership both in their internal response to climate change and through engagement of their peers, competitors, partners, and supply chain.
  • Individual Leadership Award
    Recognizes individuals exemplifying extraordinary leadership in leading their organizations’ response to climate change and/or affecting the responses of other organizations.

Questions?

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Don't miss out on this unique opportunity to receive government recognition for your climate leadership and highlight your achievements and competitive edge to key stakeholders.

Dates to Remember

October 12, 2012
Deadline for 2013 CLA applications
January 2013
CLA winners notified
February/March 2013
Climate Leadership Awards Gala and Conference (dates to be announced shortly)

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About C2ES
The Center for Climate and Energy Solutions (C2ES) is an independent non-profit, non-partisan organization promoting strong policy and action to address the twin challenges of energy and climate change. Launched in November 2011, C2ES is the successor to the Pew Center on Global Climate Change.

 

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