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U.S. Climate Change Policy

The greenhouse gases (GHGs) in the atmosphere trap radiant energy, warming earth’s surface
and oceans. Scientific assessments conclude that GHGs very likely have been the main driver of
warming of the earth’s lower atmosphere since 1979. The most recent global assessment
projected that surface temperature would continue to rise until at least mid-century even under
the lowest GHG emission scenarios considered.


Greenhouse Gas Emissions Scenarios: Background, Issues, and Policy Relevance

Projecting future climate change, and what drives it, is difficult,with many uncertainties. Computer models, however, can be useful tools for exploring the long-term implications of climate change and evaluating policy options. For example, models can help construct plausible scenariosoffuturegreenhouse gas (GHG) emissions based on socioeconomic, environmental, and technological trends and drivers.


Social Cost of Greenhouse Gases: Issues for Congress

On January 20, 2021, President Biden issued Executive Order (E.O.) 13990, “Protecting Public Health and the Environment andRestoring Science to Tackle the Climate Crisis.” Itcontains directives to update the social cost of greenhouse gases (SC-GHG), a toolthat agencies have typically used to estimate the benefits of GHG reductions.


Aji P. v. State of Washington

Our Children’s Trust has supported youth plaintiffs in Washington since 2011, most recently in the youth-led constitutional climate case, Aji P. v. State of Washington. Thirteen youth plaintiffs from across the state of Washington filed Aji P. v. State of Washington was filed in King County Superior Court on February 16, 2018.


Tracking the future of US recycling policy in Congress

By E.A. Crunden and Cole Rosengren Illustration: Danielle Ternes / Waste Dive

Spurred by market challenges, the Hill has seen a historic influx of big bills. Keep up on all the latest developments with our legislative tracker.


National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition

The National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition (NSAC) is an alliance of grassroots organizations that advocates for federal policy reform to advance the sustainability of agriculture, food systems, natural resources, and rural communities.


Carbon Pricing as a Solution to Climate Change

FCNL believes that carbon pricing is one of many essential tools that Congress should use to address climate change and shift towards a clean energy economy. While we have not endorsed any particular bill at this time, we are supportive overall of the efforts from both parties to advance carbon pricing legislation. We hope that the below resources will help our network advocate for just climate policies to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and promote equitable communities.


House Committee on Energy & Commerce – Accomplishments

The Energy and Commerce Committee is working to strengthen the economy, reduce costs for consumers, combat climate change and conduct robust oversight of the Trump Administration. Here is a look at some of the action the Committee has taken in each of these areas in.


Legislation Tracker

Keep track of bills and resolutions as they move through the House and/or the Senate on their way to passage as law.