Friday, December 14, 2012
by Regina Cline
Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Lisa Jackson faces a Dec.
21 deadline to turn over to a House committee information on the use of
secondary email accounts to conduct agency business.
Energy and Commerce
Committee Chairman Fred Upton (R-Mich.) and Oversight and Investigations
Subcommittee Chairman Cliff Stearns (R-Fla.) wrote a letter to Jackson Dec. 13 saying questions have been
raised about the use of one or more secondary email accounts and aliases by
her and potentially other EPA officials. "Given your reported use of at least
one alias email account in your conduct of agency business, we write to ask that
you describe fully the nature and extent of this practice," the letter said.
As detailed in an Oct. 3 World Climate Change Report article, the Competitive Enterprise Institute, a
conservative think tank, has sued EPA to force disclosure of records related to
top administrators' non-public email accounts, including material on key climate
change and air pollution issues (Competitive Enterprise Institute v.
EPA, D.D.C., No. 1:12-cv-1617, 9/28/12).
CEI is also seeking records
directly related to the agency's "campaign against coal-fired power," which the
complaint said was exhibited through EPA limits on air pollutant emissions from
power plants and an EPA finding that greenhouse gases pose a danger to public
health. The institute discovered the existence of EPA's secondary email accounts
through a 2008 agency document obtained under the Freedom of Information
McCarthy to Give Keynote Address
Assistant Administrator Gina McCarthy is scheduled to give the keynote speech Dec. 21 at the New England Electricity
Restructuring Roundtable in Boston on what to expect in terms of climate, air,
and energy policy during the Obama administration's second term. As covered in a
Nov. 7 article, curbing greenhouse gas emissions from power
plants, cars, and light trucks has been a top initiative for Obama, and he is
expected during the next four years to rely on EPA's existing regulatory
authority to address climate change and focus on clean energy issues.
On Dec. 18, the Federal Highway
Administration will hold a webinar on its 2013-2014 "Climate Change and Extreme
Weather Vulnerability and Adaptation Pilot Program." As detailed in a Dec. 4 article, FHWA is seeking pilot projects from state
departments of transportation, metropolitan planning organizations, federal land
management agencies, and tribes to conduct analysis in one of two areas:
assessments of transportation vulnerability to climate change and extreme
weather events, and developing options for improving the resiliency of
transportation facilities or systems to climate change or extreme weather
The Department of Energy's Wind
Powering America program will hold a webinar Dec. 19 on plans and activities for 2013,
including a proposal for a National Collegiate Wind Competition and new Regional
Resource Centers. Webinar speakers include WPA Director Jonathan Bartlett and
National Technical Director Ian Baring-Gould.
The World Bank Group will hold an event Dec. 17 in Washington, D.C., to discuss climate
change activities, including the release of a report, Adapting to Climate
Change: Assessing World Bank Group Experience. Ken Chomitz, the bank
group's senior adviser for independent evaluation, will be the featured
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