In recent years, some state and local governments have moved towards incorporating climate
change and greenhouse gas emissions into their environmental review processes. At the federal
level, the Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ), the body that oversees the implementation
of the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), produced draft guidance in 2010 that laid out
a framework for federal agencies to include climate change in the NEPA environmental review
procedures. This paper examines four EISs that included climate change information prior to the
release of CEQ's draft guidance. By examining the methods employed by the EISs and
comparing them to the proposed guidance, it will illustrate the successes and shortcomings of the
draft guidance, and it will give a glimpse into the potential style of future EISs.
Master of Science in Science, Technology and Environmental Policy
Climate Change and the Federal Environmental Review Process.
Hubert H. Humphrey School of Public Affairs.
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