Late last night the House Rules Committee revealed which amendments will be included when the full House debates spending measures for the Environmental Protection Agency, the Interior Department, and other agencies in coming days. You can read the whole thing here.
Why it matters: The few climate-related amendments, while largely symbolic, are a window onto how many House Republicans are willing to push back against aggressive steps to pare back and nullify a suite of Obama-era policies. The climate amendments made in order are:
- A measure blocking funds for enforcement of EPA methane emissions regulations
- A measure blocking use of Obama-era estimates of the social cost of carbon
Yes, but: Several climate-related amendments were left on the cutting room floor. For instance, the panel did not include an amendment on use of federal funds for the National Climate Assessment.
Other energy issues: The Rules Committee also teed up debates on several energy topics, including an amendment that would prevent the Interior Department from offering oil-and-gas drilling leases off the Atlantic Coast.
- The Obama administration kept that region off-limits but the Trump administration is likely to make some regions available when it rewrites the Obama policies.
Senate action: A Senate Appropriations subcommittee approved State Department spending legislation yesterday that does not include any funding for the Green Climate Fund, a multilateral initiative to help developing economies tackle global warming.
It also contains no funding for "several other" climate-related funds and programs, according to a summary circulated by committee Democrats. "However, the bill continues funding for USAID environment programs (e.g. to protect forests, ecosystems, and wildlife) at fiscal year 2017 levels," they said.
The full Appropriations Committee takes up the bill today.