December 31, 2015, Susan Stephenson
The surprisingly speedily passed FY16 omnibus appropriations bill contained a well-hidden but significant Christmas present for the climate and those on the front lines of climate change in the developing world: a clear path to deliver the first installment of Obama’s promised $3 billion in climate aid to developing nations.
This present was not exactly gift-wrapped and tied with a bow – it was actually the lack of blocking language that clears the administration to move its originally requested $500 million to the program, called the Green Climate Fund, from other discretionary budget streams. And in this Congress, especially on something like climate, that’s called a major victory. Read more