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senate Bill S. 2239

Should an Obama-Era Climate Change Executive Order Be Codified Into Law?

Argument in favor

Climate change is a critical issue and it’s vital for all parts of the federal government to work together to develop a whole-of-government response to this challenge. A specific directive for federal agencies to take this issue seriously when developing policy will ensure it’s a priority.

Kara 's Opinion
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08/19/2019
Yes! Climate change is real and we can do many more things on a larger scale to help reverse or slow the problem. Why do we listen to scientists on everything else but when they come at us with facts about climate change, we think they are “scare tactics.” Does climate change scare you? It should! It’s real and we may not see devastating effects of it in our lifetime but our children will and our grandchildren will. If we do not protect our planet and become more sustainable as a whole around the world, nothing else matters. Equal rights.. gun laws.. none of it matters if we continue to destroy our planet. There is no planet b.
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jimK's Opinion
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08/20/2019
Yes. It should become a key part of the broader commitment which is necessary to globally combat the impact of climate change. The issues are very complex and encompass much more than just renewable energy or military preparedness. We need to form an agency with the mandate to address climate change. This should not be part of existing agencies since this program needs a singular focus- the same way that NASA was formed. I would call it NCCA. It needs to draw heavily from current climate, ocean and biotech scientists as well as renewable energy specialists currently within NASA, NOAA, Department of Energy, the military and others; and form strong partnerships to coordinate with these agencies as well as the State Department to guide international partnerships. NASA was able to draw top engineering and scientific talent who were motivated by the challenges involved and not turned off by civil service pay scales. Contract administration should be modeled after NASA’s established and successful contracting procedures for evaluating cutting edge science and building new risk-assessed solutions that ‘have to work’ when deployed. There are a lot of seemingly crackpot solutions being proposed which need careful and deliberate assessment. Of course, none of this can happen with current administration or the current Senate leadership. This will require the country to pull together in ways not seen since the race to land a man on the moon. The predicted near term impacts are far too complex and consequential for us to do anything less.
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NoHedges's Opinion
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08/19/2019
Yes, it should.BUT IT WONT BE UNTIL ONE OF TWO THINGS HAPPENS DEMS GET TRUMP’s taxes like they promised in 2018 KENTUCKY voters recall Massacre Mitch.
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Argument opposed

President Trump’s decision to rescind President Obama’s executive order on taking climate change into account when federal agencies develop policy was reasonable. Taking the global context — including the climate — into consideration in these decisions is already a given.

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08/19/2019
👎🏻👎🏻👎🏻 Senate Bill S.2239 👎🏻👎🏻👎🏻 I’m in full agreement with President Trump’s decision to rescind President Obama’s executive order on taking climate change into account when federal agencies develop policy was reasonable. Taking the global context — including the climate — into consideration in these decisions is already a given. SneakyPete.......... 👎🏻👎🏻S-2239 👎🏻👎🏻. 8.19.19..........
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Mark's Opinion
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08/19/2019
About time that Obama executive orders be rescinded
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Sheri's Opinion
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08/19/2019
Oh hell no. Climate change is a scare tactic of the left to fool people into hysterics. Just look at California’s “plastic straw” ban. Or the results in the carbon footprint of plastic bags vs the canvas bring your own bag. (Not familiar? Look it up!) Unless the new research in older cell rejuvenation extends our lives to 1000, then let’s keep taking care of our planet and increasing awareness in the long term benefits vs short term band aids.
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      senate Committees
      Committee on Environment and Public Works
    IntroducedJuly 23rd, 2019

What is Senate Bill S. 2239?

This bill would codify the provisions of Executive Order 13653, which was an Obama-era executive order preparing the U.S. for the impacts of climate change that was subsequently reversed. It had set forth a commitment to ensuring that the federal government identifies and considers climate changes’ wide-ranging impact in the development of relevant national security doctrines, policies, and plans. It marked the first time that U.S. security agencies were required to consider climate change in the formulation of national security doctrine. 

Executive Order 13653 directed U.S. federal agencies to take steps to help American communities strengthen their resilience to extreme weather and prepare for other effects of climate change. It addressed four task areas: 

  1. Modernizing Federal Programs to Support Climate Resilient Investment
  2. Managing Lands and Waters for Climate Preparedness and Resilience
  3. Providing Information, Data, and Tools for Climate Change Preparedness and Resilience
  4. Federal Agency Planning for Climate Change Related to Risk

President Trump revoked Executive Order 13653 via his own executive order on energy independence (Executive Order 13783) in March 2017.

Impact

American communities’ safety; climate change; climate change mitigation and prevention efforts; climate change-related impacts on American communities’ safety and extreme weather resilience; U.S. federal agencies; Executive Order 13653; and Executive Order 13653.

Cost of Senate Bill S. 2239

A CBO cost estimate is unavailable.

More Information

In-DepthSen. Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) introduced this bill to codify the provisions of Obama-era Executive Order 13653, which set forth a federal government-wide commitment to identifying and mitigating climate change’s wide-ranging impacts. 

President Trump revoked Executive Order 13653 on March 28, 2017 via an executive order of his own on promoting energy independence and economic growth (Executive Order 13783). The order established the Trump administration's policy of promoting the development of domestic energy resources, called for an agency-wide review of all rules related to domestic energy development and rolled back a number or agency rules and executive actions related to energy and climate policy. When he signed the order, Trump said, “I am going to lift the restrictions on American energy, and allow this wealth to pour into our communities.”

This legislation doesn’t have any cosponsors


Of NoteIn an August 2019 Special Report on Climate Change and Land by the UN Intergovernment Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) in Geneva, experts highlighted how rising global temperatures are increasing pressures on fertile soil and potentially jeopardizing the planet’s food security. Valérie Masson-Delmotte, Co-Chair of one of three Working Groups that contributed to the 1,200-page report, also noted that people are already suffering the effects of climate change, saying, “Today 500 million people live in areas that experience desertification. People living in already degraded or desertified areas are increasingly negatively affected by climate change.” Working Group Co-Chair Hans-Otto Pörtner stressed that there is “no possibility for anybody to say, ‘Oh, climate change is happening and we (will) just adapt to it.’ The capacity to adapt is limited.”

Due to climate change, the past half-decade is likely to become the warmest five-year stretch in recorded history. On a global scale, even small temperature increases can have major impacts on climates and ecosystems: for example, for every 1ºC increase, air’s moisture carrying capacity increases approximately 7% — leading to an uptick in extreme rainfall events. Those events can in turn trigger landslides, increase soil erosion rates and damage crops — and that’s only one example of how climate change can cause chain reactions.

Two consecutive Worldwide Threat Assessments under two different Directors of National Intelligence — the first in 2016, issued by James Clapper in the Obama administration, and the second in 2017, issued by Dan Coats in the Trump administration — have called climate change a global security threat that could cause global political instability, adverse health conditions, humanitarian crises, political unrest, and more. 

In June 2019, Sen. Klobuchar — who is running for the 2020 Democratic presidential nomination — released a list of over 100 actions she’d take via executive order in her first 100 days as president. The list included a number of actions related to climate change.


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Summary by Lorelei Yang

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AKA

A bill to codify an Executive order preparing the United States for the impacts of climate change, and for other purposes.

Official Title

A bill to codify an Executive order preparing the United States for the impacts of climate change, and for other purposes.

    Yes! Climate change is real and we can do many more things on a larger scale to help reverse or slow the problem. Why do we listen to scientists on everything else but when they come at us with facts about climate change, we think they are “scare tactics.” Does climate change scare you? It should! It’s real and we may not see devastating effects of it in our lifetime but our children will and our grandchildren will. If we do not protect our planet and become more sustainable as a whole around the world, nothing else matters. Equal rights.. gun laws.. none of it matters if we continue to destroy our planet. There is no planet b.
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    👎🏻👎🏻👎🏻 Senate Bill S.2239 👎🏻👎🏻👎🏻 I’m in full agreement with President Trump’s decision to rescind President Obama’s executive order on taking climate change into account when federal agencies develop policy was reasonable. Taking the global context — including the climate — into consideration in these decisions is already a given. SneakyPete.......... 👎🏻👎🏻S-2239 👎🏻👎🏻. 8.19.19..........
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    Yes. It should become a key part of the broader commitment which is necessary to globally combat the impact of climate change. The issues are very complex and encompass much more than just renewable energy or military preparedness. We need to form an agency with the mandate to address climate change. This should not be part of existing agencies since this program needs a singular focus- the same way that NASA was formed. I would call it NCCA. It needs to draw heavily from current climate, ocean and biotech scientists as well as renewable energy specialists currently within NASA, NOAA, Department of Energy, the military and others; and form strong partnerships to coordinate with these agencies as well as the State Department to guide international partnerships. NASA was able to draw top engineering and scientific talent who were motivated by the challenges involved and not turned off by civil service pay scales. Contract administration should be modeled after NASA’s established and successful contracting procedures for evaluating cutting edge science and building new risk-assessed solutions that ‘have to work’ when deployed. There are a lot of seemingly crackpot solutions being proposed which need careful and deliberate assessment. Of course, none of this can happen with current administration or the current Senate leadership. This will require the country to pull together in ways not seen since the race to land a man on the moon. The predicted near term impacts are far too complex and consequential for us to do anything less.
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    Yes, it should.BUT IT WONT BE UNTIL ONE OF TWO THINGS HAPPENS DEMS GET TRUMP’s taxes like they promised in 2018 KENTUCKY voters recall Massacre Mitch.
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    It is time to believe science and pass permanent climate protections and fund clean energy.
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    Also regulate CO2 as a greenhouse gas.
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    We are already starting to see the effects of climate change, with die-offs in several types of fauna (the first mass extinction event caused by a species) and record-setting temperatures (July 2019 was the hottest recorded month in history). We need more aggressive approaches at the federal and international levels to tackle climate change, which is driven primarily by inefficient food production (e.g. meat), CO2 release during energy production and consumption, transportation, deforestation, and a few other factors. If we fail to act or are too timid in the face of resistance from antiquated industries such as the fossil fuel industry or animal factory farms, future generations of humanity will suffer. The Obama administration took some decent first steps toward fighting climate change, but we need to build on them and codify them into law.
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    Climate change must be addressed now. All hands on deck please. Our children’s lives are at stake.
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    An ever growing list of trumps accomplishments: Obstruction of Justice. Profiting from the Presidency. Collusion - They had a meeting & lied about it. Advocating political & police violence. Abuse of power. Engaging in reckless behavior. Persecuting political opponents. Attacking the free press. Violating immigrants Right to Due Process. Violating campaign finance laws. Speaks directly to and often tweeting straight from white supremacists. Calls them very fine people. Told fellow congresswomen to go back where they came from. Called them shit hole countries. Called them murderers and rapists. Calls her Pocahontas. Took out full page adds calling for the death of five innocent black kids in New York, 1989. Literally has said in an interview he has Hitlers speeches, My New Order in his nightstand. Spent campaign finance money on hush payments to silence a porn star he had an affair with in order to hide it from the voters. Has spent over $100 million of our tax dollars playing golf at his own golf courses. Has never divested from companies and advertises and profits off the White House. Was going to cut Medicaid and Medicare funding to pay for the tax cuts he gave to the rich. Is actively destroying farmers lives with his trade wars that we all know only hurts our pockets not Chinas. Has made the lives of every truck driver across America as well as our own, more dangerous by removing safety regulations that only benefits the pockets of the CEOs of those companies. Has removed any and all protections we had in place from work safety, environment, women’s rights, LGBTQ rights and gives that power back to the CEOs, oil companies, men and old white men. Accused by more than 20 women of molestation and rape. Bragged about said molestation. Has cheated on all three wives (see above). Has made sexual remarks on camera about his daughter. Took the side of Putin over America’s own security agencies on the national stage. Lacks the intelligence and facts needed to communicate on a global level much less national one. Makes policy decisions based on FOX media. Lies when speaks. Lied about meetings with Russians. Lied about a trump tower Moscow. Personal attorney Michael Cohen (same guy who broke campaign finance laws under trumps direction) had contacts with russian officials. National Security aide Flynn resigned over Russian contacts. Jeff Sessions recused himself because of Russian contacts. Manafort resigned because of Russian contacts. Campaign foreign policy adviser Papadopoulos met with Russians. Sixteen campaign officials had contacts with Russia and at least nine others new about it. Russian mobster lived in trump tower. trump casino was flagged 106 times for lax money laundering standards and same Russian frequently stayed at trump casino. Has been selling real estate to Russians for years. It really is surprising how many connections to Russians this man has. Rick Scott, Marco Rubio, Bill Posey You are my representatives. OLC policy: The indictment or criminal prosecution of a sitting President would unconstitutionally undermine the capacity of the executive branch to perform its constitutionally assigned functions. It’s time to do your job. You swore an oath to this country, it’s people and me to uphold the constitution. The president has never upheld that oath. How do you want to be remembered?
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    Definitely yes
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    Climate change is real and must be addressed.
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    Yes but not until Donald Trump leaves office or is thrown in jail or both because he is an absolute idiot and if anyone could screw that up it would be him. The ineptitude of this man is almost astounding. He seems to have absolutely no grasp of any subject even minimally. He’s going to text China he’s not going to text China, He’s going to promote background checks he’s not going to promote background checks, he’s going to build the most glorious wall ever saying he’s not gonna build the most glorious wall ever seen. The man is an absolute idiot please keep him out of the environment.
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    I believe in climate change. By the fact that we are doing nothing about suggests that the rest of the world will be in big trouble quite soon. We are one of the biggest polluters and resource wasters in the world.
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    The prospect of investing in solar energy and other means of improving the climate could result extremely beneficiary to the American people, especially if it is taken advantage of economically. This not only helps to solve the big issue of climate change, but it also offers economic opportunity to Americans.
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    About time that Obama executive orders be rescinded
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    Climate change is a global threat, and I support this bill to help stop it, but unfortunately Trump doesn’t believe in scientific facts. Save our environments and wildlife. Protect nature, or else we will be seeing serious weather and climate issues worldwide.
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    Support Amy Klobuchar’s bill to codify this preparation for climate change into law. Climate change is real. Humans must do everything possible to slow climate change. USA must address climate change. Support this bill.
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    We must save our planet from the climate deniers that blindly believe that we humans aren’t capable of destroying the planet. We are well on our way to the danger zone and the point of no return.
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    Yes climate change is real no one will be saved from the changing climate
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    Yes, make it a law. Executive orders are obviously too easy to reverse. Climate change has been here & is continuing. People need to stop playing ostrich and get their heads out of the sand. Climate change is real, and ultimately it won’t matter if one is a billionaire, one can’t buy one’s way out. So WAKE UP!!! By the way you climate deniers, since you appear to believe that this is just the new normal, are you willing to accept that no action means death to the planet as we know it? Death to the future of the human race? There are negative outcomes either way. At least if we try to make changes now, we have more of a future. Think this through. It doesn’t really matter what is causing climate change. What matters is what we can do as stewards of this earth to slow it down, & possibly fix a lot of the future problems.
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