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New Guidance Directs Federal Agencies to Assess GHG Emissions, Climate Impacts in Environmental Reviews
August 2, 2016
On August 2, 2016, the White House Council on Environmental Quality released final guidance on how federal agencies are to incorporate climate change considerations in their review of federal “actions” under the National Environmental Policy Act.

White House Announces Support for Electric Vehicle Charging Infrastructure
July 22, 2016
The White House announced on July 21 a series of federal government actions and private sector commitments to advance electric vehicles in the United States. Providing drivers with increased access to electric vehicle charging infrastructure is part of the Obama Administration’s effort to increase electric vehicle adoption and reduce greenhouse gas emissions from the transportation sector.

Adaptation Clearinghouse 2.0 Launches With Powerful New Tools for Adaptation Professionals
July 14, 2016
The Adaptation Clearinghouse was re-launched today with new tools to assist state policymakers, resource managers, academics, and others who are working to help communities adapt to climate change.

California Releases Proposal to Extend its Carbon Cap-and-Trade Program through 2031
July 12, 2016
The California Air Resources Board (CARB) has released a preliminary draft of proposed amendments to extend and improve the operation of California’s carbon emissions trading program.

EPA Releases Additional Information on Proposed Clean Energy Incentive Program, As Requested by States
June 20, 2016
EPA recently released the proposed design details of the Clean Energy Incentive Program (CEIP), which is an optional, voluntary program that states can participate in under the Clean Power Plan.

HUD to require consideration of climate change in Consolidated Plans
June 15, 2016
The Housing and Urban Development Department (HUD) is seeking comment on a proposed rule that would, for the first time, ask states and localities to take natural hazards and climate change into account in their long-range plans for affordable housing and community development. Public comments on the proposed rule are due July 18, 2016.

U.S. Energy Policy in the 2016 Elections and Beyond: Incremental or Transformational?
April 29, 2016
he Georgetown Climate Center's Vicki Arroyo, U.S. Rep. Kevin Cramer, and former Colorado Gov. Ritter discussed state and city energy leadership at an April 26 CSIS event. The panel was moderated by Kyle Danish, senior associate of the Energy and National Security Program at the Center for Strategic and International Studies and partner at Van Ness Feldman. Much of the conversation focused on the Clean Power Plan.

States Ask EPA to Provide Model Rule, Other Information on Clean Power Plan
April 28, 2016
Yesterday, environmental agency officials from 14 states asked the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to provide more information and assistance related to the Clean Power Plan.

Workshop on Opportunities for Equitable Climate Adaptation
April 7, 2016
The Georgetown Climate Center, in partnership with the Urban Sustainability Director’s Network, brought together city officials, environmental justice leaders, and state and federal partners for a two day workshop on equitable climate adaptation, with a focus on city-level action.

State Statements Following the Supreme Court's Decision to Stay the Clean Power Plan
February 10, 2016
Following the Supreme Court stay of the Clean Power Plan, many states say they will continue to move forward. The case is expected to be heard on its merits later this year.