Leaders to Leaders Summit on Climate

Thu, 22 Apr 2021 12:00:00 GMT

President Biden invited 40 world leaders to the Leaders Summit on Climate he will host on April 22 and 23. The virtual Leaders Summit will be live streamed for public viewing.

The Leaders Summit on Climate will underscore the urgency – and the economic benefits – of stronger climate action. It will be a key milestone on the road to the United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP26) this November in Glasgow.

In recent years, scientists have underscored the need to limit planetary warming to 1.5 degrees Celsius in order to stave off the worst impacts of climate change. A key goal of both the Leaders Summit and COP26 will be to catalyze efforts that keep that 1.5-degree goal within reach. The Summit will also highlight examples of how enhanced climate ambition will create good paying jobs, advance innovative technologies, and help vulnerable countries adapt to climate impacts.

By the time of the Summit, the United States will announce an ambitious 2030 emissions target as its new Nationally Determined Contribution under the Paris Agreement. In his invitation, the President urged leaders to use the Summit as an opportunity to outline how their countries also will contribute to stronger climate ambition.

The Summit will reconvene the U.S.-led Major Economies Forum on Energy and Climate, which brings together 17 countries responsible for approximately 80 percent of global emissions and global GDP. The President also invited the heads of other countries that are demonstrating strong climate leadership, are especially vulnerable to climate impacts, or are charting innovative pathways to a net-zero economy. A small number of business and civil society leaders will also participate in the Summit.

Key themes of the Summit will include:

  • Galvanizing efforts by the world’s major economies to reduce emissions during this critical decade to keep a limit to warming of 1.5 degree Celsius within reach. Mobilizing public and private sector finance to drive the net-zero transition and to help vulnerable countries cope with climate impacts.
  • The economic benefits of climate action, with a strong emphasis on job creation, and the importance of ensuring all communities and workers benefit from the transition to a new clean energy economy.
  • Spurring transformational technologies that can help reduce emissions and adapt to climate change, while also creating enormous new economic opportunities and building the industries of the future.
  • Showcasing subnational and non-state actors that are committed to green recovery and an equitable vision for limiting warming to 1.5 degree Celsius, and are working closely with national governments to advance ambition and resilience.
  • Discussing opportunities to strengthen capacity to protect lives and livelihoods from the impacts of climate change, address the global security challenges posed by climate change and the impact on readiness, and address the role of nature-based solutions in achieving net zero by 2050 goals.
  • Further details on the Summit agenda, additional participants, media access, and public viewing will be provided in the coming weeks.

The President invited the following leaders to participate in the Summit:

  • Prime Minister Gaston Browne, Antigua and Barbuda
  • President Alberto Fernandez, Argentina
  • Prime Minister Scott Morrison, Australia
  • Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, Bangladesh
  • Prime Minister Lotay Tshering, Bhutan
  • President Jair Bolsonaro, Brazil
  • Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, Canada
  • President Sebastián Piñera, Chile
  • President Xi Jinping, People’s Republic of China
  • President Iván Duque Márquez, Colombia
  • President Félix Tshisekedi, Democratic Republic of the Congo
  • Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen, Denmark
  • President Ursula von der Leyen, European Commission
  • President Charles Michel, European Council
  • President Emmanuel Macron, France
  • President Ali Bongo Ondimba, Gabon
  • Chancellor Angela Merkel, Germany
  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi, India
  • President Joko Widodo, Indonesia
  • Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Israel
  • Prime Minister Mario Draghi, Italy
  • Prime Minister Andrew Holness, Jamaica
  • Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga, Japan
  • President Uhuru Kenyatta, Kenya
  • President David Kabua, Republic of the Marshall Islands
  • President Andrés Manuel López Obrador, Mexico
  • Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern, New Zealand
  • President Muhammadu Buhari, Nigeria
  • Prime Minister Erna Solberg, Norway
  • President Andrzej Duda, Poland
  • President Moon Jae-in, Republic of Korea
  • President Vladimir Putin, The Russian Federation
  • King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia
  • Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong, Singapore
  • President Matamela Cyril Ramaphosa, South Africa
  • Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez, Spain
  • President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, Turkey
  • President Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, United Arab Emirates
  • Prime Minister Boris Johnson, United Kingdom
  • President Nguyễn Phú Trọng, Vietnam

Workshop Regarding the Creation of the Office of Public Participation

Fri, 16 Apr 2021 13:00:00 GMT

A February 22, 2021 notice announced a Commissioner-led workshop to be held on April 16, 2021, from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. The workshop will follow a series of listening sessions with stakeholder groups.

The workshop will provide interested parties with the opportunity to provide input to the Commission on the creation of the Office of Public Participation. The Commission intends to establish and operate the Office of Public Participation to “coordinate assistance to the public with respect to authorities exercised by the Commission,” including assistance to those seeking to intervene in Commission proceedings, pursuant to section 319 of the Federal Power Act (FPA). 16 U.S.C. § 825q–1. Congress directed the Commission to provide, by June 25, 2021, to the Committees on Appropriations of both Houses of Congress a report on the Commission’s progress towards establishing the Office of Public Participation, including an organizational structure and budget for the office, beginning in fiscal year 2022.

The Commission plans to hear input on the following considerations in forming the Office of Public Participation, including:
  • the office’s function and scope as authorized by section 319 of the FPA;
  • the office’s organizational structure and approach, including the use of equity assessment tools;
  • participation by tribes, environmental justice communities, and other affected individuals and communities, including those who have not historically participated before the Commission; and
  • intervenor compensation.

The Commission seeks nominations for stakeholder panelists to provide input about each of these areas of consideration at the workshop by March 10, 2020. Each nomination should indicate name, contact information, organizational affiliation, what issue area the proposed panelist would speak on, and suggested workshop topics to OPPWorkshopNominations@ferc.gov.

For questions, please contact Stacey Steep of the Office of General Counsel at (202) 502-8148, or send an email to OPPWorkshop@ferc.gov, and Sarah McKinley, (202) 502-8368, sarah.mckinley@ferc.gov, for logistical issues.

U.S. Forest Service FY22 Budget Request

Thu, 15 Apr 2021 18:00:00 GMT

Witness
  • Victoria Christiansen, Chief, U.S. Forest Service
  • House Appropriations Committee
    Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies Subcommittee
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Fiscal Year 2022 Budget Request for the Department of Transportation

Thu, 15 Apr 2021 18:00:00 GMT

Witness
  • Pete Buttigieg, Secretary, Department of Transportation
  • House Appropriations Committee
    Transportation, and Housing and Urban Development, and Related Agencies Subcommittee
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Practical Steps Toward a Carbon-Free Maritime Industry: Updates on Fuels, Ports, and Technology

Thu, 15 Apr 2021 15:00:00 GMT

  • House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee
    Coast Guard and Maritime Transportation Subcommittee 2167 Rayburn
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Increasing Risks of Climate Change and NOAA's Role in Providing Climate Services

Thu, 15 Apr 2021 14:00:00 GMT

Witnesses
  • Nicole LeBoeuf, Acting Assistant Administrator, National Ocean Service
  • Dr. Stephen Volz, Assistant Administrator for NOAA’s National Environmental Satellite Data and Information Service, performing the duties of Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Environmental Observation and Prediction
  • House Appropriations Committee
    Commerce, Justice, Science, and Related Agencies Subcommittee
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Worldwide Threats

Thu, 15 Apr 2021 13:00:00 GMT

Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure Members’ Day Hearing

Wed, 14 Apr 2021 15:00:00 GMT

  • House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee 2167 Rayburn
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The National Science Foundation's Fiscal Year 2022 Budget Request

Wed, 14 Apr 2021 14:00:00 GMT

Witnesses
  • Dr. Sethuraman Panchanathan, Director, National Science Foundation
  • House Appropriations Committee
    Commerce, Justice, Science, and Related Agencies Subcommittee
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