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State Department Outlines 'New Architecture' to Address Climate Change

May 11, 2015 by NRDC Switchboard

Climate Change Government Policy

In her final speech as Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton spoke about the significant changes in the world that she has witnessed over the years. She talked about the new challenges, such as climate change, that have proved too difficult and complex for traditional international structures alone.[read more]

Secretary Kerry Makes Climate Change Top Priority in New Policy Directive: Some Key Actions to Deliver on That Policy

March 13, 2014 by Jake Schmidt

Kerry and Climate Change

Secretary of State John Kerry has just issued his first “Policy Directive” as U.S. Secretary of State. This new directive outlines that climate change is a central issue for the State Department and directs an “all hands on deck” approach to this issue.[read more]

The Case for Keystone XL

March 6, 2013 by Mark Green

Keystone XL Pipeline

More from around the web on the new State Department draft analysis of the Keystone XL oil pipeline, which, again, proved the economic benefits and lack of negative impacts .[read more]

Playing Games with US Energy Security

January 19, 2012 by Geoffrey Styles

Well, that didn't take long. The administration issued its decision denying the Keystone XL Pipeline application today, rather than using the remaining 34 days in the Congressionally mandated timeline to attempt to find a better solution. This is a prime example of what frustrates so many Americans of all political affiliations about how...[read more]

Congress Passes a Budget That Invests in International Efforts to Curb Global Warming (But Still Not Enough)

April 19, 2011 by Jake Schmidt

The long drama of whether or not the US Congress would invest in international efforts to curb global warming pollution or gut these investments is finally over – at least for the rest of this fiscal year.  Last week President Obama signed into law a budget for the rest of this fiscal year (fiscal year 2011).  Investments in...[read more]

The Fundamentals Haven't Changed

February 18, 2010 by Michael Tobis

There's a transcript of a press briefing from Todd Stern, who was the US envoy to Copenhagen. Of course he's trying to put a positive spin on it. Naturally, some of the questions were about the new feature of weather weirding, the teapot tempest, of which there have been a few of late, especially on the east coast (burying Washington DC...[read more]

Climate vs. Security?

August 21, 2009 by Geoffrey Styles

In the last few years I've watched perceptions of US energy security and climate change, the two main drivers of energy policy, converge gradually toward a general sense that smart climate policy will be good for energy security, and vice versa. There's even a growing understanding that a stable climate contributes to national security,...[read more]