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White House Wants Fed Agencies to Consider Climate Impact

By    |   Friday, 19 Dec 2014 05:29 PM

The White House wants federal agencies to consider the climate impact of any action that would significantly increase greenhouse gas emissions a move that came under immediate attack by Republicans for having the potential to thwart energy production.

The draft guidance, released Wednesday, outlines how agencies should consider the impact of federal projects on climate change during reviews under the National Environmental Policy Act, updating a 2010 draft from the Council on Environmental Quality.

The updated draft guidance also directs federal agencies to focus on climate-resilient alternatives when evaluating projects.

"The Obama administration is attempting to increase federal authority beyond NEPA’s original intent and further slow down job-creating projects in this last-ditch effort to appease its far-left environmental base right before the holidays," Louisiana Republican Sen. David Vitter charged, according to the Daily Caller.

The White House Council on Environmental Quality asserts the guidance is necessary to "increase the efficiency of environmental reviews and help agencies make informed decisions that are sound investments of taxpayer dollars and good for American communities."

"This is a big step forward," California Democratic Rep. Henry Waxman said in a Wednesday statement, Bloomberg News reports.

"Agency heads and the public will now be informed about the climate consequences of federal decisions. This is another milestone in implementing the President's Climate Action Plan."

The Council on Environmental Quality said it "does not expect" greenhouse gas emissions alone would trigger an environmental impact statement for a project, and that no single project will have a significant impact on climate change individually. But, it insists, climate impact must still be considered.

The Council on Environmental Quality is taking comments on its updated draft guidance for 60 days.

Bloomberg News contributed to this report.

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