Tuesday, December 15, 2009

2010 Appropriations Bill

This year’s (FY 2010) omnibus appropriations bill grants the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) the largest budget on record, of $4.7 billion. Over $2 billion is slated for various programs that study and address climate change, from the National Atmospheric and Space Administration (NASA) and the National Academy of Sciences (NAS) to the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) and the Economic Development Administration. This represents a monumental increase over last year’s funding levels. The FY 2010 omnibus spending bill also finances the creation of the Greenhouse Gas Registry, provides funding to implement the Energy Independence and Security Act, and funds carbon inventory for the Forest Service. However, it also includes language prohibiting the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) from requiring manure management systems to report their greenhouse gas emissions.

To read more or see summaries of the bill, visit Bloomberg or the 2010 Appropriations Bill.

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