Hot Off the Wire — 7/21/2022

Information Session Thursday July 21, 2022 11 am — 1:30 pm

Defining Old Growth and Mature Forests

A picture showing a mountain area in the background with a river running in the foreground with a forested area just behind the river.

The U.S. Departments of Agriculture and the Interior jointly published a Federal Register notice seeking public comment on plans around federal old-growth and mature forests in response to Executive Order 14072: Strengthening the Nation’s Forests, Communities, and Local Economies

You may view the notice in the Federal Register reading room. A link to the final Federal Register notice will be posted here on Friday, July 14.

An informational session for anyone interested in this subject is from 2-3:30 p.m. EST July 21, 2022. Employees from the Forest Service and Bureau of Land Management will provide information about the effort to define, identify and complete an inventory of old-growth and mature forests on federal lands. The session also will provide information on how to submit comments. Read more


Analysis: Which countries are historically responsible for climate change?

Halifax in West Yorkshire, England, early 1900s. Smokestacks spewing smoke.
Halifax in West Yorkshire, England, early 1900s

Historical responsibility for climate change is at the heart of debates over climate justice.

History matters because the cumulative amount of carbon dioxide (CO2) emitted since the start of the industrial revolution is closely tied to the 1.2C of warming that has already occurred.

In total, humans have pumped around 2,500bn tonnes of CO2 (GtCO2) into the atmosphere since 1850, leaving less than 500GtCO2 of remaining carbon budget to stay below 1.5C of warming.

This means that, by the end of 2021, the world will collectively have burned through 86% of the carbon budget for a 50-50 probability of staying below 1.5C, or 89% of the budget for a two-thirds likelihood.

In this article, Carbon Brief looks at national responsibility for historical CO2 emissions from 1850-2021, updating analysis published in 2019.

For the first time, the analysis includes CO2 emissions from land use and forestry, in addition to those from fossil fuels, which significantly alters the top 10. Read more

National Actions

President Biden is seriously considering declaring a national climate emergency

Now is our moment to escalate our demand for real climate action. Call President Biden to tell him how badly we need a climate emergency NOW!

President Biden: Declare a climate emergency!

Senator Manchin has taken more money from the fossil fuel industry than any other politician in D.C. – and Big Oil has gotten its money’s worth a thousand times over.

We’re calling on Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer to replace Joe Manchin as Chairman of the Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources.

Sign the petition »

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Act Now to Support Electric Vehicles and the Climate
Tell EPA Administrator Michael Regan to release the next round of light-duty vehicle emissions rules this year and finalize these standards no later than September 2023.

Sign the Petition

Union of Concerned Scientists small logo

The Biden administration just took a key step toward approving a huge oil drilling project in the North Slope of Alaska.
 we still have time to make our voices heard. 
The Interior Department will take comments from the public for 45 days before they decide later this year whether this climate wrecking project can go ahead.
Read about the Willow project in AK

Contact the White House »

Tell the DOE: Stop propping up the fossil fuel industry!

In December, 300,000 gallons of diesel spilled from a pipeline in New Orleans — wiping out thousands of fish, birds, and other animals. The only way to prevent another spill like this is to end our reliance on fossil fuels. Yet, the Department of Energy is doubling down, and is poised to waste more than $20 billion over the next five years on programs that can further embed fossil fuels.

Demand the DOE get out of the way of clean energy!

This is the Week! Tell Biden to declare a climate emergency

The Action Network

It’s getting harder and harder for Trans Mountain to find insurance for its climate-wrecking pipeline – and that’s no accident.
Eighteen insurers and counting have since caved to our collective pressure and dropped Trans Mountain, but there are still some companies (looking at you Liberty Mutual) providing the coverage the project needs to proceed. Read more

Tell insurers to drop Trans Mountain


The U.S. Forest Service approved a plan that would allow oil trains more than a mile and a half long to be routed through a protected roadless area in the Ashley National Forest.
All with the goal of massively increasing oil production in the Uinta Basin of Utah and transporting it to refineries in Gulf Coast communities already suffering from fossil fuel pollution. 

U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack, who oversees the Forest Service, can stop this in its tracks. Tell him to say no to this dirty and dangerous project.

Center for Biological Diversity

Tell Federal Energy Regulatory Commission: Get the Grid Ready for Clean Energy
Right now, there are enough planned clean energy projects to power 84% of the country. But they’re facing an existential threat—our existing power grid isn’t equipped to handle it. That’s bad for our climate and for our economy.

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) is considering new rules that require utilities to start planning now for a long-term clean energy grid. This change is essential to our clean energy future Read about FERC’s plans.

Sign an official public comment right now, and we’ll deliver it to FERC decision-makers!

Climate & Health / Washington 2022
A Special Report on Impacts and Solutions


There will be a 1.5 hour informational session 2-3:30 p.m. EDT July 21, 2022 for the open comment period. Please register here if you are able. Employees from the Forest Service and Bureau of Land Management will provide information about the effort to define, identify and complete an inventory of old-growth and mature forests on federal lands. More information about this session will be posted to the Forest Service website.

The U.S. plan to avoid extreme climate change is running out of time

Analysis by Chris Mooney and Harry Stevens

Historical U.S. greenhouse gas emissions

—–President Biden’s Pledge

U.S. emissions dropped
because of the pandemic,
but they are projected
to rebound before declining over the next decade.
Read the full story

Tracking Biden’s
environmental action

As Biden unwinds dozens of Trump’s energy and
environmental policies, he’s forging his own.

Read more

10 steps you can take to lower your carbon footprint

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Even the smallest of actions will contribute to keeping our planet habitable.


For the Third Time in Three Decades, Congress Punts on Serious Climate Legislation

Joe Manchin tanks Congress’s big chance to cut the heat. Read more
— by Bill McKibben

Joe Manchin

An American climate failure

Joe Manchin
Stefani Reynolds/The New York Times

As millions of people on three continents baked in heat waves supercharged by climate change this week, one American politician, an ardent champion of the fossil fuel industry, doused any hopes of immediate climate action in Washington. Read more
— by Somini Sengupta

One Joe Beat the Other. Now What?

The Democratic Party finally got it together for climate action–almost.
It’s as dark a day as there’s been in the long fight over climate: Joe Manchin brought two years of agonizing tease to an end, announcing he wouldn’t support any measures designed to head off the greatest existential threat the world has ever faced.
Read more
— by Bill McKibben

Logging Is Slashing US Forests’ Ability to Absorb Carbon by Over One-Third

an aerial view of a forest being actively destroyed by logging as lumberjacks move timber with heavy machinery
A logging crew clears a 13-acre tract of fir and spruce
trees in the North Maine Woods area in northern Maine on July 21, 2021.
Gregory Rec / Portland Press Herald via Getty Images

U.S. forests need protection, now. We must end government policies shaped by the logging and wood products industries that sound sensible but are actually meant to expand logging, rather than contain it. We are calling out big, influential environmental organizations whose efforts end up furthering the interests of industry. Forests — and people and the planet — are paying too high a price for the wood product sector’s profits. Read the full story

— by Kathy Egland & Leo Woodberry 

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