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February 26, 2013

BCSE Suggests Federal Actions to Address Effects of Climate Change

In response to the Bicameral Task for Climate Change request for input regarding actions the federal government can take to address climate change, the Council submitted a letter to Co-Chairs Representative Henry Waxman and Senator Sheldon Whitehouse on February 21, 2013.

The Council believes the optimal policy for regulating greenhouse gas emissions is for Congress to enact comprehensive market-based legislation that allows for flexibility and cost-effective emissions reductions, including carbon offsets.  In addition, the letter highlights several areas where existing authorities are in place where the federal government to take action.  For example, the BCSE calls for the EPA to consider—where legally appropriate—the role that existing clean energy technologies and fuels can play in achieving the goals of Clean Air Act regulation. With respect to the development of GHG NSPS for fossil fuel fired power plants, including emissions guidelines under Clean Air Act (CAA) Section 111(d), the BCSE urges EPA to use an output-based approach to setting emissions standards and to provide clear guidance to the states regarding how climate and clean energy programs might show equivalency with federal emissions guidelines.

In the letter, the Council further outlines other areas where the federal government can use existing authorites to increase our resilience to climate change and additional legislation that can strengthen the ability of federal agencies to prevent and respond to the effects of climate change.

For more information, download the BCSE’s letter, BCSE Press Release and related E&E article.