State of the Union (sotu)


Missing from the State of the Union: A Carbon Price

January 24, 2015 by Jason Brown

Many in the climate community are applauding President Obama’s discussion of climate change in his recent State of the Union speech. But he did not present a policy for placing a limit on, and then reducing, the amount of greenhouse gases we emit. What he did not advocate for was a price on carbon. Why?[read more]

President Obama State of the Union Address: International Climate Implications

January 31, 2014 by Jake Schmidt

Addressing climate change is a key legacy issue for President Obama. His tenure is occurring when the scientific evidence on climate change is irrefutable, the imperative to act immediately is evident, and the ability to act decisively is within grasp.[read more]

Stae of the Union: The Climate Impact Line

January 31, 2014 by Lou Grinzo

After listening to the State of the Union speech by President Obama, I was quite disappointed with the energy and climate aspects. A president talking about the seriousness of the issue and then touting an absurd “all of the above” energy plan that relies on natural gas as a “bridge fuel” is beyond parody.[read more]

Jekyll And Hyde: The Two Sides Of Obama's Energy Strategy

January 30, 2014 by Joseph Romm

Obama Energy Strategy

In his State of the Union address on Tuesday, President Obama once again tried to reconcile the split personality of his energy policy. The President clearly stated his commitment to cutting carbon pollution and fighting climate change. But not before he pushed his expansion of domestic fossil fuel production.[read more]

Obama Reaffirms Commitment to Climate Action in State of the Union

January 30, 2014 by Frances Beinecke

State of the Union and Climate Change


President Obama forcefully reaffirmed his commitment to curbing carbon pollution in the State of the Union Address. He said unequivocally that climate change poses significant threats to our environment, our health, and our economy.[read more]


#EnergyChat: Unraveling the President's State of the Union Address

January 30, 2014 by Matthew Stepp

Obama's State of the Union


Last night, the President gave his State of the Union - a unique opportunity to argue for his policy agenda for the next year in front of the entire country and all of Congress. Climate change and clean energy have been a significant part of his previous five speeches and this year was no different.[read more]

Chasing Ice in a Warming World

February 26, 2013 by Rocky Kistner

The world's climate is heating up due to human-caused, carbon-based emissions. Scientists are confirming that more clearly every year, and their calls to action are only growing stronger with the storms.[read more]

Administration's Tax Proposals Would Hamper US Energy Output

February 22, 2012 by Geoffrey Styles

The Obama administration is proposing significant changes in US corporate taxes, as reported in today's Wall St. Journal. If enacted, the corporate tax rate would fall from 35% of income to 28%, although the elimination of numerous tax incentives would subject many companies, including most in the energy sector, to higher taxes overall....[read more]

State of the Union Addresses All-of-the-Above Energy

January 25, 2012 by Geoffrey Styles

Anyone expecting the announcement of big new energy initiatives in this year's State of the Union address was disappointed last night. What was new, however, was a welcome shift in the President's emphasis on conventional energy--the fuels he referred to as "yesterday's energy" in last year's speech. Never mind that the resurgent oil...[read more]

Traditional Energy vs. Renewables: Sputnik State of the Union

January 26, 2011 by Geoffrey Styles
Chuck Kennedy, via Wikimedia Commons

Energy didn't feature as prominently in last night's State of the Union Address as it has in some years, including last year's speech. Rather than making it a primary focus area, the President seemed to mention it more as an example of his broader innovation and competitiveness agenda. That's probably a good thing, because the...[read more]

Obama Promotes Clean Energy and Clean Air in the State of the Union

January 26, 2011 by Frances Beinecke

In last night’s State of the Union Address, President Obama presented a bold, confident plan for leading America into the future, and he placed clean energy solutions at its center. These technologies, he said, will help our nation “win the future.” The president got it right: clean energy solutions will make our workers more competitive...[read more]