between these goals of durability and adaptability, and it will be an ongoing challenge to find a balance between them.

Such efforts require transparent, predictable mechanisms for policy adaptation and processes for ensuring that policy makers receive timely information about scientific, economic, technological, and other relevant developments. A process for periodic collection and analysis of key information related to our nation’s climate change response efforts (for instance, in the form of a “Climate Report of the President”) would provide a focal point for analysis, discussion, and public attention. The process would be particularly useful if it includes requirements for the responsible implementing agencies to act upon pertinent new information gained through this reporting mechanism.

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