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Climate Change

Below are resources for Tribes on climate change.

President Obama’s Climate Action Plan Progress Report
One year later, the Administration has made real progress in advancing the goals in the President’s Climate Action Plan and has announced new efficiency standards, permitted renewable energy projects on public lands, and proposed carbon pollution standards for new and existing power plants. Alongside our state, tribal, local, and private sector partners, we are taking steps to make our communities more resilient to the effects of severe weather; and we are working with other countries to reduce emissions of greenhouse gases internationally. Source:, June 2014.

Alaska’s Climate Change Strategy: Addressing Impacts in Alaska
Summarizes recommendations from the Adaptation Advisory Group to the state of Alaska on evaluating and developing options to adapt to climate change. The options range from new systems approaches and institutional structures to adoption of new or revised policies, initiatives, and other actions that impact public infrastructure, health and culture, natural systems, and the economy. Source: Adaptation Advisory Group to the Alaska Climate Change Sub-Cabinet, January 2010.

Climate Change Impacts on the Electric Power System in the Western United States
Provides information on how changes in regional temperature and precipitation patterns may have significant implications for existing and future power system infrastructure. Includes modeling scenarios, analysis, and figures illustrating  impacts. Source: Argonne National Laboratory, Decision and Information Sciences, Accessed Jan. 31, 2014.

"Climate change in arid lands and Native American socioeconomic vulnerability: The case of the Pyramid Lake Paiute Tribe"
Exemplifies how the Tribe’s vulnerability to climate change is related to its cultural and economic dependence on Pyramid Lake. Analyzes how external socio-economic vulnerability factors influence adaptive capacity and amplify potential impacts. Source: Gautam, M. R.; Chief, K.; Smith Jr., W.J. (2013). Climatic Change

Climate Change Webinar Series
Recordings and presentations from a four-part webinar series held from April 3 to May 1, 2014, that focused on topics and issues related to President Obama’s State, Local, and Tribal Leaders Task Force on Climate Preparedness and Resilience. Sponsored by the White House Office of Public Engagement and Council on Environmental Quality; the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), U.S. Department of Agriculture, U.S. Department of the Interior, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, and U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT); the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). Source: DOE Office of Indian Energy, May 2014

Climate Change Vulnerability Assessments: Four Case Studies of Water Utility Practices
Presents a series of case studies describing the approaches being taken by four water utilities in the United States to assess their vulnerability to climate change. Illustrates a range of issues and current approaches taken by selected utilities that are proactive in climate adaptation to understand and respond to climate risk. Source: EPA, March 2011.

Economic Benefits of Increasing Electric Grid Resilience to Weather Outages
Estimates the annual cost of power outages caused by severe weather between 2003 and 2012 and describes various strategies for modernizing the grid and increasing grid resilience. Sources: The President’s Council of Economic Advisers, DOE’s Office of Electricity Delivery and Energy Reliability, and the White House Office of Science and Technology, August 2013.

Executive Order 13653—Preparing the United States for the Impacts of Climate Change
Directs federal agencies to take a series of steps to make it easier for American communities to strengthen their resilience to extreme weather and prepare for other impacts of climate change. As part of the Executive Order, President Obama established a State, Local, and Tribal Leaders Task Force on Climate Preparedness and Resilience. Indian Country is represented on this Task Force by two tribal leaders: Chairwoman Karen Diver, Fond du Lac Band of Lake Superior Chippewa Indians (MN), and Mayor Reggie Joule, Northwest Arctic Borough (AK). Source: The White House,  Executive Office of the President, Nov. 6, 2013.

FEMA Mitigation and Insurance Strategic Plan 2012–2014
Provides a strategic framework to enhance the way FEMA carries out its mitigation and insurance mission. Acts as a guiding document to more fully integrate mitigation and insurance programs and philosophy across the Agency and to build and sustain collaboration with other federal agencies; state, tribal, territorial, and local governments; communities; civic and faith-based organizations; and the public. Source: FEMA, September 2011.

The National Climate Assessment: Climate Change Impacts in the United States
Assesses the science of climate change and its impacts across the United States, with the goal of better informing public and private decision-making at all levels. The report was developed by a team of more than 300 experts guided by a 60-member National Climate Assessment and Development Advisory Committee, and extensively reviewed by the public and experts. Source: U.S. Global Change Research Program, May 2014.

The President’s Climate Action Plan
President Obama’s broad-based plan to cut the carbon pollution that causes climate change and affects public health. Combined with the Administration’s other actions to increase the efficiency of our cars and household appliances, the President’s plan will reduce the amount of energy consumed by American families, cutting down on their gas and utility bills. Source: The White House, Executive Office of the President, June 2013.

President’s State, Local, And Tribal Leaders Task Force on Climate Preparedness and Resilience: Recommendations to the President
Contains recommendations on climate change and resilience specific to Tribes based on tribal input gathered by Chairwoman Karen Diver (Fond du Lac Band of Lake Superior Chippewa) and Mayor Reggie Joule (Northwest Arctic Borough) as members of President Obama’s State, Local, and Tribal Leaders Task Force on Climate Preparedness and Resilience. Established by an Executive Order in November 2013, the Task Force was charged with providing recommendations on how the federal government can respond to the needs of communities nationwide that are dealing with the impacts of climate change by removing barriers to resilient investments, modernizing federal grant and loan programs to better support local efforts, and developing the information and tools they need to prepare, among other measures. Source: The White House, November 2014.

Strategies for the Commercialization & Deployment of Greenhouse Gas Intensity-Reducing Technologies and Practices
Examines federal programs, policies, and measures that encourage the commercialization and deployment of technologies that reduce, avoid, or capture and store emissions of greenhouse gases (GHGs). Inventories prospective technologies; assesses their current development status; identifies barriers, risks, and other obstacles to their greater deployment; describes strategies to address these obstacles as a means for accelerating deployment; and outlines opportunities for the future. Source: The Committee on Climate Change Science and Technology Integration, 2009.

Tribal Energy System Vulnerabilities to Climate Change and Extreme Weather Report
This report assesses climate change and extreme weather vulnerabilities specific to tribal energy infrastructure and systems in the contiguous United States and Alaska. It includes information about the impacts from climate change and extreme weather events on both onsite and offsite tribally owned and non-tribally owned energy infrastructure. Source: DOE Office of Indian Energy, 2015.

U.S. Climate Action Report 2014
Outlines the U.S. efforts to promote the research, development, and deployment of technologies, to reduce GHG emissions. Highlights substantial growing efforts to support developing countries in the global response to climate change. Also details the financial assistance, education programs, and polices and measures that have been implemented both to reduce GHG and to adapt to the effects of climate change. Source: U.S. Department of State, January 2014.

U.S. Climate Change Technology Program Strategic Plan
Articulates a vision for new and advanced technology in addressing climate change concerns, defines a supporting planning and coordination mission, and provides strategic direction to federal agencies in formulating a comprehensive portfolio of related technology research, development, demonstration, and deployment. Establishes six strategic goals and seven approaches to be pursued toward their attainment and identifies a series of next steps toward implementation. Source: DOE, September 2006.

U.S. Climate Resilience Toolkit
In response to the President’s Climate Action Plan and Executive Order to help the nation prepare for climate-related changes and impacts, U.S. federal government agencies gathered resources that can help people take action to build their climate resilience. The impacts of climate change—including higher temperatures, heavier downpours, more frequent and intense droughts, wildfires, and floods, and sea level rise—are affecting communities, businesses, and natural resources across the nation.  Source: White House, November 2014.

U.S. Department of Transportation Climate Adaptation Plan
Reflects the DOT’s fiscal year (FY) 12 and FY13 commitments and accomplishments regarding climate adaptation and identifies potential vulnerability and impacts and a list of priority actions to adapt to climate change. Source: DOT, 2012

U.S. Energy Sector Vulnerabilities to Climate Change and Extreme Weather
Examines current and potential future impacts of these climate trends on the U.S. energy sector. Identifies activities underway to address these challenges and discusses potential opportunities to enhance energy technologies that are more climate-resilient, as well as information, stakeholder engagement, and policies and strategies to further enable their deployment. Source: DOE, July 2013.

Weather-Related Power Outages and Electric System Resiliency
Focuses on the impacts of sustained power outages that might result from seasonal storms, and whether there is a role for the federal government in hastening the restoration of power from weather-related outages. Source: Congressional Research Service, August 2012.