Climate change

Michigan office prepares for health impacts of climate change

Listen to the full story from Great Lakes Echo.

Since 2009, Michigan officials have been ramping up an effort to address the health consequences of climate change. For example, health experts anticipate greater respiratory challenges like asthma as warmer temperatures intensify smog and fuel more wildfires that emit soot. The Michigan Climate & Health Adaptation Program, MI-CHAP, is participating in a joint effort with the national Centers for Disease Control to create what it calls “climate-ready states and cities.”

The MI-CHAP effort takes place in the Michigan Department of Community Health and Human Services.

Current State speaks with MI-CHAP program manager Aaron Ferguson.

Response to Senator McConnell’s Recommendation That States Refuse to Submit Plans Under Clean Power Plan

Via the Climate Law Blog.

On numerous occasions Senator Mitchell McConnell, the Senate Majority Leader, has attacked the upcoming Clean Power Plan regulations that the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is scheduled to issue in June of this year. Most notably, on March 19, 2015, he sent a letter to the National Governors Association urging the governors of all fifty states not to prepare state plans in response to those regulations. In that letter he laid out what he termed his “serious legal and policy concerns” regarding the EPA proposal. The letter received wide publicity.

Daniel Selmi has written an essay analyzing legal statements made by Senator Mitchell in his letter. The essay points out that the letter erroneously describes both EPA’s proposed regulations and the agency’s legal authority under the Clean Air Act. It examines how the letter does not fully delineate the consequences that will occur if states follow the letter’s advice and refuse to prepare plans that comply with the EPA regulations. Finally, the essay addresses claims in the letter regarding EPA’s ability to take control of state energy policy.

Professor Selmi is the Fritz B. Burns Professor of Real Property Law at Loyola Law School, Los Angeles, and a Visiting Scholar at the Sabin Center for Climate Change Law.

Many Red States May Consider Climate Change Gag Rules

Read the full story in Governing.

While plenty of people found humor in the recent news that officials in Florida and Wisconsin are censoring state workers’ ability to talk about, much less work on, climate change, other states are not necessarily laughing. In fact, several political and environmental experts told InsideClimate News they could use it as a model to imitate.

From FactCheck.org: Santorum and the EPA’s Mercury Rule

Read the full post at FactCheck.org.

Rick Santorum misrepresented the Environmental Protection Agency’s impact analysis of a new agency rule that would reduce power plant emissions of mercury and other toxins…

The EPA’s Mercury and Air Toxics Standards, or MATS, was finalized in February 2012 and takes effect in April 2015.

 

 

Obama’s climate change policy appears to survive early court challenge

Read the full story in the Los Angeles Times.

President Obama’s ambitious plan to battle climate change by forcing power plants to reduce their greenhouse gases appeared to survive its first court challenge Thursday, but only because the formal rules are still pending at the Environmental Protection Agency.

EPA, Dems assail bill targeting climate rule

Read the full story in The Hill.

Democrats and an Obama administration official lambasted House Republicans Tuesday for a bill that they say could delay carbon limits for power plants for years.

The bill’s opponents argued at a hearing that the bill is irresponsible and would significantly weaken the Environmental Protection Agency’s climate rule.

Diagnosing the link between health and climate change

Read the full story in GreenBiz.

Climate change is rarely top of mind for people racing off to the hospital for an emergency, or even a more routine doctor’s appointment — nor is the environmental toll of massive hospital facilities likely top of mind for doctors and other providers coping with long patient rosters.

Yet the link between health and climate change has been documented, and it’s increasingly earning a spot on the broader agendas of health care organizations, national health policymakers and other stakeholders looking to bolster the resilience of communities.