Wildfire Funding Issues Continue to Plague Forest Service – Lawmakers Propose Fix
On June 8, Representatives Simpson (R-ID) and Schrader (D-OR), introduced the Wildfire Disaster Funding Act of 2017 (H.R. 2862). The bill would change the way the federal government pays for the worst wildfires – and end the damaging practice of fire borrowing – taking funds from non-fire activities mid-year to pay for fire suppression. The effect has been shrinking and shifting budgets from management and recreation activities to wildfire suppression.
EPA Patents E30 Engine – Invention Would Reduce Petroleum Consumption, Increase Engine Efficiency
On June 5, the U.S. EPA received a patent for an “internal combustion engine adapted to combust alcohol blended fuels” of greater than 20 percent alcohol by volume – essentially an E30 engine – perhaps the Holy Grail of the ethanol industry.
The Center for Climate and Security (CCS), the Environmental and Energy Study Institute (EESI), and the Henry M. Jackson Foundation, held a briefing discussing the role of climate change as a "threat multiplier" in the geopolitical landscape and the implications that has for U.S. national security. The briefing explored the risk management and planning considerations facing the Department of Defense (DOD) as it seeks to maintain force readiness and bolster infrastructure resilience. The panel also discussed the need for investments in preventive measures today to prepare for future needs concerning disaster assistance, the Arctic, and the displacement of vulnerable populations due to climate change. Speakers for this forum included members of the CCS Advisory Board.
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