Environmental Politics

"In the State of the Union, Obama Pledges Strong Action on Climate"

"During President Obama’s speech tonight, he announced many different ways he would use the executive branch to pursue strong action on climate change. For longtime readers, this is old hat by now; I’ve been over how the EPA can use its pollution authority to cut back on carbon emissions several times. The policy framework hasn’t changed."

Source: Wash Post, 01/29/2014
February 5, 2014

Key Legal Issues Facing the Administration in 2014: Environment, Energy, and Natural Resources

The Environmental Law Institute will host a panel of four expert practitioners with an “inside-baseball” discussion about upcoming policies and regulatory agendas at the Environmental Protection Agency, the Department of Justice, Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, and the Department of Interior, among other regulatory agencies. Attend live in Washington, DC or via teleconference, 12:00-1:30 p.m. RSVP by Jan 31.

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"U.S. Looking for Ideas To Help Manage Wild-Horse Overpopulation"

"When Velma Johnston almost single-handedly persuaded Congress to pass the Wild Free-Roaming Horses and Burros Act of 1971, her goal was to protect an icon of the American West that had been slaughtered, poisoned and abused and was quickly disappearing."

Source: Wash Post, 01/28/2014

Obama Likely To Target Natural Gas, Climate Change in State of Union

"WASHINGTON — From climate change to natural gas, energy issues have figured prominently in all of President Barack Obama’s annual State of the Union addresses. Expect the same on Tuesday night, when Obama goes before a joint session of Congress and a nationally televised audience to deliver his assessment of the United States’ health and pitch his policy priorities for the nation."

Source: FuelFix, 01/28/2014

"Negotiators Unveil New Farm Bill; Vote Expected This Week"

"Negotiators agreed Monday evening on a new five-year Farm Bill that slashes about $23 billion in federal spending by ending direct payments to farmers, consolidating dozens of Agriculture Department programs and by cutting about $8 billion in food stamp assistance."

Source: Wash Post, 01/28/2014

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