CEQ Guidance Grounds Federal Decisions in Climate Science

WASHINGTON, D.C. - The White House Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ) issued new guidelines today that improve the way climate considerations are weighed in federal permitting and decision making, replacing guidance put in place in 2016.

Christy Goldfuss, chief policy impact officer of NRDC (Natural Resources Defense Council), made the following statement:

“This better aligns federal decision making with what the science is telling us about the need to cut carbon pollution and protect our communities from mounting climate hazard and harm. It sharpens the tools federal agencies have available to help advance environmental justice. It will lead to better decisions, more durable infrastructure and more resilient communities. 

"We must cut the dangerous carbon pollution that’s driving the climate crisis. We must harden our bridges, roads and other essential infrastructure against worsening heat waves, wildfires, storms and floods. And we must ensure that federal decision making is informed by the voices of the people who will live with the long-term impact of major projects. This new guidance provides federal agencies with a clear roadmap toward those essential aims."

NRDC (Natural Resources Defense Council) is an international nonprofit environmental organization with more than 3 million members and online activists. Since 1970, our lawyers, scientists, and other environmental specialists have worked to protect the world's natural resources, public health, and the environment. NRDC has offices in New York City, Washington, D.C., Los Angeles, San Francisco, Chicago, Bozeman, MT, and Beijing. Visit us at www.nrdc.org and follow us on Twitter @NRDC.

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