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Obama's "Secret" Climate Adaptation Plan

Whether he'll talk about climate change publicly or not, the President is preparing all federal agencies for its inevitable impacts.

On March 4th, in a move surely designed to side-step Congress, Obama's Council on Environmental Quality issued instructions to all federal agencies on how to adapt to climate change. All agencies, from the Food and Drug Administration to the Department of Defense, will be required to analyze their vulnerabilities to the impacts from climate change and come up with a plan to adapt. Thousands of governmental employees will be trained on climate science, like it or not.

The changes aren't limited to just federal agencies. Countless numbers of private businesses that sell, build, provide logistics or maintenance, or anything else to the government will be forced to comply with new Federal climate adaptation guidelines—all because of Presidential Executive Order 13514.

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Obama's Executive Order to Overhaul Business Regulations

Obama wants a government-wide review of all business regulations. Is this cover for deregulation, or an opportunity to do it right?

President Obama has signed an executive order for a government-wide review of business regulations with an aim to eliminate or remove obstacles to growth. It could mean widespread deregulation as a concession to the business community he sparred with during financial and health care reform debates, or it could be a chance to get regulation right for a change instead of what he calls the "patchwork" system in place now, the result of "tinkering" by past administrations.

In an opinion piece in The Wall Street Journal President Obama laid out his reasoning for the move.

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