Obama on Energy Future

In his November 16 weekly radio address, President Obama said the country is on the track to energy independence thanks to increased domestic oil, natural gas, and renewable energy production. He also said energy efficiency efforts will help the U.S. reach this goal. Citing job growth numbers, the president said that the choice between economic development and emissions reduction efforts is a false choice. The transcript from the address can be found here.

National Climate Assessment Release Delayed

A federal advisory committee announced November 18 that the National Climate Assessment will be released in April 2014, rather than March, due to the government shutdown. The third report will address climate change science and response strategies. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, the National Science and Technology Council, and the Office of Management and Budget will review it before it is released next year.

White House Hosts Biofuels Meetings

Officials of the Obama Administration met with biofuels industry members at the White House on November 19 and 20. The meetings focused on the recently proposed Renewable Fuel Standard levels for 2014. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack, White House Deputy Director for Energy and Climate Change Dan Utech, Counselor to the President Pete Rouse, and senior Environmental Protection Agency advisors participated in the meeting.

Social Cost of Carbon Public Comment Period to Open

The Office of Management and Budget released November 25 a technical update for the social cost of carbon. It will be published in the Federal Register on November 26, and the public comment period will be open for 60 days. Technical changes were made in May, and Administrator Howard Shelanski said earlier this month that the agency would accept public comment on the revisions.

Climate Council Holds First Meeting

The Council on Climate Preparedness and Resilience held its first meeting November 25. The interagency group, established under a November 1 executive order, is working to improve the country’s resilience to climate change.