The Transportation Department would work with EPA to create a competitive grant program to help finance state and local projects aimed at meeting the emission-reduction goals.
The House draft would also set up a host of new responsibilities for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, including the creation of new National Climate Service to serve as an information "clearinghouse" for state, local and tribal governments seeking information on climate change's effects and strategies to adapt.
NOAA would also be directed to produce a national assessment of the United States' vulnerability to climate change every four years, based on information gathered during a series of regional and national workshops, and spearhead a new program to improve the effectiveness of federal agencies' adaptation work. Additionally, the agency would be directed to help the U.S. Geological Survey create a new program to assist federal, state and local wildlife managers grappling with climate change and ocean acidification.
Reporters Katherine Ling, Lauren Morello and Saqib Rahim contributed.
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