This report responds to the Congressional request to the Department of Defense to identify the most serious and likely climate-related security risks for each Combatant Command, the ways in which the Combatant Commands are integrating mitigation of these risks into their planning processes, and a description of the resources required for an effective response.
Submitted in response to a request contained in Senate Report 113-211, accompanying H.R.4870, the Department of Defense Appropriations Bill, 2015.
Source: US Department of Defense, July 23, 2015
Republicans in Congress have already passed a bill to ease the drought in California’s Central Valley by rolling back environmental protections. Until now, the Senate hasn’t been heard from. Yesterday, Democrat Dianne Feinstein proposed spending $1.3 billion for water storage, desalination and other projects. Peter Gleick is a MacArthur Fellow and member of the National Academy of Sciences. He’s also president and co-founder of the nonprofit Pacific Institute in Oakland.
Source: Which Way, LA? KCRW, July 30, 2015
Sen. Dianne Feinstein filed her long-awaited legislative response to California’s water crisis on Wednesday, hoping to broker a compromise that has eluded Congress through four years of fallow fields and brown lawns.
Feinstein’s proposal would funnel $1.3 billion over the next decade to storage, desalination and other projects. Her plan is in marked contrast to one approved by the GOP-controlled House, which would pump more water to San Joaquin Valley growers by rolling back environmental protections.
It is unclear whether areas of apparent common ground — including money for storage projects and efforts to control invasive predator species in the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta — will bring the warring sides together.
The stakes are high: whether Congress will pass any meaningful legislation to help drought-stricken California.
Source: Noah Bierman, LA Times, July 29, 2015
Members of Congress are heading out of town this week and next for their month-long August recess, and have left many loose ends, with more to follow when they return after Labor Day. The House began their recess mid-week, while the Senate may continue their work into early next week before leaving for recess.
There are several significant issues that have lacked decisive action in the past few months. For instance, as they prepare to leave town, a long-overdue long-term bill to fund infrastructure repairs and updates on bridges, highways, and transit is about to be delayed further with the passage of a 3-month extension measure to prevent its expiration later this month. Congress will ultimately have to decide on a long-term transportation bill or face a never-ending series of short-term patches.
Only time will tell if the House and Senate will be able to make a set of critical decisions and deals in time to pop champagne on New Year’s Eve rather than leading the country into another patchwork of extensions and delays. And while the 114th Congress is not leaving the country in as sticky of a situation as the 113th Congress did in August 2013 preceding the government shutdown, uncertainties abound.
Source: National Sustainable Agriculture Coaltion, July 31, 2015