RENewsletter | November 10, 2013

 

 

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Opening Salvo:  USA takes baby steps on Climate Change

 

You have until January 3, 2014 to comment on EPA’s draft Climate Change Adaptation Implementation Plans—I focus on the Region2 in this article but there are many more.  Please frame your response according to the enormity of the problem, not on what you think is merely feasible in our present state of denial.

 

Because of Congress’s continual dysfunctionality on addressing Climate Change, President Obama has had to resort to executive orders. On November 1, 2013, the president issued Executive Order -- Preparing the United States for the Impacts of Climate Change:

 

PREPARING THE UNITED STATES FOR THE IMPACTS OF CLIMATE CHANGE |By the authority vested in me as President by the Constitution and the laws of the United States of America, and in order to prepare the Nation for the impacts of climate change by undertaking actions to enhance climate preparedness and resilience, it is hereby ordered as follows: more…

 

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), who the president can direct without kowtowing to the deniers in Congress, released the Climate Change Adaptation Plan on February 9, 2013, which received input by all federal agencies. Here’s the list, just in case ‘all federal agencies’ is merely a vague abstraction in your mind: the Department of State; the Department of the Treasury; the Department of Defense; the Department of Justice; the Department of the Interior; the Department of Agriculture; the Department of Commerce; the Department of Labor; the Department of Health and Human Services; the Department of Housing and Urban Development; the Department of Transportation; the Department of Energy; the Department of Education; the Department of Veterans Affairs; the Department of Homeland Security; the United States Agency for International Development; the Army Corps of Engineers; the Environmental Protection Agency; the General Services Administration; the Millennium Challenge Corporation; the National Aeronautics and Space Administration; the U.S. Small Business Administration; the Corporation for National and Community Service; the Office of the Director of National Intelligence; the Council of Economic Advisers; the National Economic Council; the Domestic Policy Council; the Office of Management and Budget; the White House Office of Public Engagement and Intergovernmental Affairs; the United States Trade Representative; and such agencies or offices as the President or Co-Chairs shall designate.

 

I know, it seems that anyone who is anyone is on the job solving Climate Change over here at the USA.  But not so much. Mostly, the EPA’s recommendations for Region 2 cover only what should have taken place in the last century. Things like fixing up our highways for more extreme weather, preparing for more emergencies, getting the agencies listed above to talk to each other on Climate Change, talking to decision makers (corporations? mayors? ordinary folks like you and I?), educating public health departments about the impacts of Climate Change on public health, providing some communities who are onboard with addressing Climate Change (communities that aren’t onboard can continue with their self-destruction) with some materials, noodling over some environment permitting and enforcement possibilities, getting ready for more major cleanups like Hurricane Sandy, and (my favorite) “Bring air pollution consequences of transportation systems due to climate change to the attention of state and local partners.” Like they don’t already know cars cause air pollution and will continue to do so as things warm up?

 

These measures seem pretty milquetoast in light of the news on Climate Change—just this week. Here’s a few items: The Climate Impact Of Canada’s Tar Sands Is Growing; As crop indicators, weeds spread in warmer world ; New greenhouse gas record set ; Deaths From Heat Waves May Increase Ten Times By Mid-Century;  Climate Change Seen Posing Risk to Food Supplies; Carbon emissions must be cut ‘significantly’ by 2020, says UN report; New Report Examines Complex Threats Facing Our Oceansand Leaked IPCC report: Humans are adapting — but hunger, homelessness, and violence lie ahead. I’m not the only one getting alarmed. Check out Change The Earth - Music Video Project where some major music figures and environmental groups are trying to reach the public on the immensity of this issue. This 10-minute video Last Hours is trying to do the same thing. Also, the Arctic 30 are still sitting in a cold hard Russian prison for delivering the message that taking advantage of a melting Arctic (caused by manmade Climate Change) by drilling for more fossil fuels is a really depraved idea.  

 

So, here’s the deal: the EPA wants you to comment on its plan.

 

The EPA released its draft agency on February 9, 2013 for public review and comment, and expects to issue the final version this fall. In 2009, all federal agencies were required to develop Climate Change Adaptation Plans by the federal Interagency Climate Change Adaptation Task Force. Under Executive Order 13514, the Task Force was charged with developing recommendations for the President on how to increase the nation’s resilience to climate change. The new Implementation Plans provide information about how EPA will meet the agency-wide priorities identified in the draft Climate Adaptation Plan released earlier this year. (EPA Releases Agency Plans for Adapting to a Changing Climate, Nov. 1, 2013)

 

This is how you provide comment, if you are in Region 2 (New York, New Jersey, Puerto Rico and the United States Virgin Islands): Surf over to www.regulations.gov and copy and paste this (Docket Number EPA-HQ-OA-2013-0568) into the SEARCH box. This will display “Request for Public Comment on the Agency’s 18 DRAFT Program a…”, then click on the ‘Comment Now!’ button.  Remember: If you are providing comments through the public docket, it is important to identify which of the 17 Plans your comments refer to. We here in the Rochester, NY region live in EPA’s Region 2, so you have to read the EPA Region 2 Climate Adaptation Plan 2013—some 40 pages. The comment period on EPA’s draft Climate Change Adaptation Implementation Plans closes on January 3, 2014. 

 

All very nice but I’m thinking we need bolder measures to address Climate Change here in the USA and the Region 2.  Here are a few of my suggestions and you may use them. 

 

We understand the constraints under which the EPA must adhere to, but the physics of Climate Change is not waiting for our politics to become functional. If this scenario -- Last Hours- awaits us because of the above constraints, well…, Goodbye Tomorrow.

 

FrankRegan@RochesterEnvironment.com  (Click on my email for feedback)

 

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Action Take Action - Often, I receive request to pass on alerts, petitions, Public Comments on local developments, and environmental items needing action by the Rochester Community and around the world. I’ll keep Actions posted until their due date. 

 

 

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