The Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) latest climate change action plan could help curb the global temperature increase, but there’s no reason to get excited just yet.
As the agency struggles to keep up with a rapidly changing planet, its proposed climate action plan, which will likely be announced in March or April, is expected to be one of the most ambitious in the world.
The plan is also likely to increase carbon emissions, including the greenhouse gas methane, as well as create new risks to the oceans and ecosystems.
A new report released by the U.S. Senate Environment and Public Works Committee (SPEPCOM) has found that the EPA’s proposed plan for 2030-21 is a disaster for the planet.
It’s not just that the plan would drastically worsen the impact of climate change, but also that the draft environmental impact statement for the plan could not be trusted to accurately describe the potential impacts of climate impacts.
The report, released Tuesday by Sen. Barbara Boxer, D-Calif., and Sen. Maria Cantwell, D.W., a Democrat, found that it is virtually impossible for the EPA to provide accurate and timely information to Congress and the public.
“The draft report is a work in progress and is being updated as more information becomes available,” the senators wrote.
“This is a critical oversight of the EPA.
The draft report contains a broad set of potential climate impacts, but the EPA does not have the information to provide Congress with the information it needs to accurately assess those impacts.
The lack of information is the real reason why the draft report cannot be trusted.””
The final draft report should be more than just a draft.
It should be a blueprint for EPA to follow, to ensure the agency’s climate action is a responsible one,” the authors wrote.
EPA scientists, including lead author Scott Pruitt, have said the draft will not be a complete plan, but instead will address only the impacts of warming.
The scientists have said that there are significant uncertainties in the data for climate change impacts, and they argue that the best estimates of future warming are too low.
EPA has also said that it will not revise its current climate action plans to address climate impacts after 2020.
This week, EPA scientists are scheduled to present the draft plan to lawmakers in a hearing on the climate crisis.