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Climate Change

As climate change grows in importance as a societal and environmental issue affecting the nation and the world, FYI is committed to covering climate research policy and funding. FYI tracks policy developments that have implications for the conduct of climate science and congressional oversight of federally funded climate science.

23 Jan 2015

“There is established an Arctic Executive Steering Committee . . . which shall provide guidance to executive departments and agencies . . . and enhance coordination of Federal Arctic policies across agencies and offices, and, where applicable, with State, local, and Alaska Native tribal governments and similar Alaska Native organizations, academic and research institutions, and the private and nonprofit sectors” declares an Executive Order issued by President Obama.

21 Jan 2015

As he has in his previous State of the Union addresses, President Obama discussed the importance of R&D and climate change.

22 Jun 2000

The public has until August 11 to comment on a new report just issued on global climate change. The report, "Climate Change Impacts on the United States, the Potential Consequences of Climate Variability and Change," presents a sobering view of how global warming could affect different regions and sectors in the United States in the next 100 years.

8 Nov 1994

At the June 1992 Earth Summit, the U.S. joined other countries in
agreeing to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions to 1990 levels by
the year 2000.  One year after the introduction of the Clinton
Administration's "Climate Change Action Plan," the U.S. has
completed the first assessment of its policies and their impacts.
Presented by Energy Secretary Hazel O'Leary last month at a hearing
of the House Subcommittee on Energy and Power, the 200-page
"Climate Action Report" provides a "snapshot" of current policies

26 May 2011

The Committee on America’s Climate Choices issued its final report this month, stating that “Climate change is occurring, is very likely caused by human activities, and poses significant risks for a broad range of human and natural systems.”The report includes a broad range of recommendations, including that the United States should substantially reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions as soon as possible, start to make adaptation plans, continue research efforts to better understand climate change, and engage on an international level to address the global scale of the problem.

11 Mar 2011

The House Subcommittee on Energy and Power delved into the science and politics of climate change in a March 8 hearing entitled “Climate Science and EPA’s Greenhouse Gas Regulations.” The hearing served as a microcosm of the debate on climate change in the U.S. House of Representatives, highlighting the sharp differences in views between the new Republican majority and the Democratic minority.

31 Oct 2014

A hearing last month of the House Science, Space, and Technology Committee produced no surprises.  As expected, there was no evidence of any changes of opinion about the merits of the Obama Administration’s Climate Action Plan to reduce carbon emissions.

29 Jan 1999

As reported in FYI #11, the American Geophysical Union on January 28 held a press conference to release a position statement on greenhouse gases and climate change. The full text of the statement is provided below. It is also available on AGU's Web Page at

29 Jan 1999

Before a standing-room-only gathering of reporters yesterday at the National Press Club in Washington, the American Geophysical Union released a position statement on climate change and greenhouse gases. Within hours, Vice President Gore released a statement responding to the AGU document.

19 Jun 2001

The day before he departed for Europe, President Bush, in a Rose Garden speech, called for more research into global climate change. Calling the Kyoto Protocol "fatally flawed," Bush said " I am today committing the United States of America to...develop with our friends and allies and nations throughout the world an effective and science-based response to the issue of global warming." He continued, " Today, I make our investment in science even greater." However, according to the National Journal's CongressDaily, many European officials have criticized U.S.