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FEB 2017

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Page 41 of 72 February 2017 / st 41 Obama Signs WIIN Water Infrastructure Act into Law President Barack Obama signed the Water Infrastruc- ture Improvements for the Nation (WIIN) Act into law as one of his last acts before leaving office. It authorizes vital water projects across the country to restore watersheds, improve waterways and flood control, and improve drink- ing water infrastructure. The law also authorizes $170 million for communities facing drinking water emergen- cies. The law has provisions to address the continuing drought in California, including investments to promote water storage and supply, flood control, desalination and water recycling. There are also provisions governing op- erations of federal and state water projects under the En- dangered Species Act for up to five years, regardless of drought condition. Obama Takes Steps To Protect Arctic The U.S., in partnership with Canada, is taking steps to build a strong Arctic economy, preserve a healthy Arc- tic ecosystem and protect fragile Arctic waters, includ- ing designating the bulk of U.S. Arctic water and certain areas in the Atlantic Ocean as indefinitely off limits to future oil and gas leasing, outgoing President Barack Obama declared. "We need to continue to move decisively away from fossil fuels," Obama said. In 2015, just 0.1 percent of U.S. federal offshore crude production came from the Arctic, and Department of In- terior analysis shows that, at current oil prices, significant production in the Arctic will not occur. Instead of focus- ing on fossil fuels, investments must be made to enhance Arctic infrastructure and security, such as the acquisition of additional icebreaking capacity, and to lay the ground- work for economic growth in the industries of the future, Obama said. California Governor Vows to Continue Climate Change Fight California Governor Jerry Brown and legislative lead- ers said they would work directly with other nations and states to fight climate change, The New York Times re- ported. This means U.S. work on climate change issues will continue despite President Donald Trump's opposi- tion. California already has a legislatively mandated tar- get to cut carbon emissions to 40 percent below 1990 levels by 2030. "California can make a significant contribution to ad- vancing the cause of dealing with climate change, irrespec- tive of what goes on in Washington," Brown said. The Trump Administration and Congress could counter California's policies with federal policies that could reduce research funds, including those for climate and energy, and nullify state regulations on emissions. California has one of the world's largest economies and has been a pioneer of climate and energy policy for more than 50 years. capital report

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