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Daily Archives: January 29, 2014

Mayors from 10 Major Cities Unite to Cut Climate Pollution from Buildings

News release: ” The mayors from 10 major U.S. cities today announced they will undertake a united effort to significantly boost energy efficiency in their buildings, a move that combined could cut as much climate change pollution as generated by 1 million to 1.5 million passenger vehicles every year, and lower energy bills by nearly $1 billion annually.

“New York City’s sustainability efforts are a major reason our greenhouse gas emissions are down 19 percent since 2007 and our air is cleaner than it has been in more than 50 years. They have also substantially driven down energy costs for consumers,” said Michael R. Bloomberg, philanthropist and 108th mayor of New York City.  New York knows the value of building energy efficiency from experience, thanks to its pioneering efforts under the Bloomberg Administration. “The City Energy Project will bring the significant economic and environmental benefits that energy efficiency has to offer to other cities – and accelerate progress by helping them learn from each other’s successes.”

The mayors will be participating in the new City Energy Project (CEP), an initiative from the Natural Resources Defense Council and the Institute for Market Transformation that is designed to create healthier, more prosperous American cities by targeting their largest source of energy use and climate pollution: buildings. The following 10 cities will be CEP’s first participants: Atlanta, Boston, Chicago, Denver, Houston, Kansas City, Los Angeles, Orlando, Philadelphia and Salt Lake City.”

Federal Reserve issues FOMC statement

News release: “Information received since the Federal Open Market Committee met in December indicates that growth in economic activity picked up in recent quarters. Labor market indicators were mixed but on balance showed further improvement. The unemployment rate declined but remains elevated. Household spending and business fixed investment advanced more quickly in recent months, whileContinue Reading

Documents Show FDA Allows Livestock Antibiotics Use Despite “High Risk” to Humans

News release: “The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) quietly allowed 30 potentially harmful antibiotics, including 18 rated as “high risk,” to remain on the market as additives in farm animal feed and water – despite an internal review that raised significant red flags, according to agency records obtained by the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC).Continue Reading

Federal News Radio – White House calls for major changes to DATA Act

“The White House wants major revisions to the Senate’s version of the Digital Accountability and Transparency Act of 2014. Among the biggest changes is the decision to move away from standards and toward open data structures to publish information, according to a marked up version of the DATA Act obtained by Federal News Radio. OMB gave the bill toContinue Reading

Report – Building codes in China tested for energy savings

“China can build its way to a more energy efficient future – one house, apartment and retail store at a time — by improving the rules regulating these structures, according to a study by the Department of Energy’s Pacific Northwest National Laboratory. PNNL scientists at the Joint Global Change Research Institute, a partnership with the University of Maryland inContinue Reading

December 2013 Global State of the Climate report

“Temperature anomalies and percentiles are shown on the gridded maps below. The anomaly map on the left is a product of a merged land surface temperature (Global Historical Climatology Network, GHCN) and sea surface temperature (ERSST.v3b) anomaly analysis developed by Smith et al. (2008). Temperature anomalies for land and ocean are analyzed separately and then mergedContinue Reading

NOAA: 2013 was warmer and wetter than average for contiguous United States

News release: “In 2013, the contiguous United States (CONUS) average temperature of 52.4°F was 0.3°F above the 20th century average, and tied with 1980 as the 37th warmest year in the 119-year period of record. The 2013 annual temperature marked the coolest year for the nation since 2009. The 2013 CONUS average temperature was 2.9°F cooler than the 2012Continue Reading

GAO Report on Recent Trends in Federal Civilian Employment and Compensation

FEDERAL WORKFORCE: Recent Trends in Federal Civilian Employment and Compensation, GAO-14-215, Jan 29, 2014 “From 2004 to 2012, the federal non-postal civilian workforce grew by 258,882 employees, from 1.88 million to 2.13 million (14 percent). Permanent career employees accounted for most of the growth, increasing by 256,718 employees, from 1.7 million in 2004 to 1.96 million inContinue Reading

Presentation on CBO’s Projections of U.S. Nuclear Forces, 2014 to 2023

Presentation by Michael Bennett, CBO Analyst, at the CRS Seminar titled The Cost of Nuclear Weapons Program and Budget Issues for Congress, January 29, 2014.

CBO’s Analysis of Health Care Policy

CBO’s Analysis of Health Care Policy, Presentation by Doug Elmendorf, CBO Director, to the Healthcare Leadership Council, January 29, 2014.