Obama Budget Proposal Pushes Climate Regulations Forward

Both climate regulatory and climate adaptation programs won cash infusions in President Obama's budget proposal yesterday, despite a tough budget year that saw overall cuts at environment, natural resource and land management agencies.

Environmentalists said the budget underscored the administration's seriousness about its climate change agenda, even when the programs were not linked directly to clean energy and jobs initiatives.

...Meanwhile, climate change science and adaptation programs and land conservation programs also got a boost at the Interior Department, which received a slight overall cut with a proposed $12 billion budget.

Alan Rowsome, a budget analyst for the Wilderness Society, said the climate funding was one of the highlights of tough budget year that, in his view, saw disappointing cuts in the operations and maintenance budgets for national parks and wildlife refuges...