02 Apr '11, 5pm

Obama tells government to prepare for climate change, whether Congress likes it or not

Congress may dither and dig in their heels about whether global climate change is even a real thing , let alone an emergency that must be prepared for. But soon all Federal agencies -- not to mention a lot of private businesses that deal with the government -- will be implementing plans for adapting to climate change, due to Obama's executive order 13514 . That order was signed in 2009, but you probably haven't heard anything about it. Since it was an executive order, there was no arguing or filibustering or petitions or whatever. It just quietly went into effect, and then this month the president's Council on Environmental Quality issued instructions for implementation. Agencies will be required to set emissions reduction goals, appoint a climate adaptation specialist, and plan to increase energy efficiency and reduce petroleum, waste, and water usage. (And yeah, it did p...

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