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White House Climate Preparedness Task Force Releases Recommendations and Tools

November 21, 2014 by NRDC Switchboard

The President’s State, Local, and Tribal Leaders Task Force on Climate Preparedness and Resilience rolled out its recommendations recently, and the White House announced a new user-friendly online ‘toolkit’ to help the public and decision-makers.[read more]

White House, Industry Quicken Pace of HFC Phase-Down

September 18, 2014 by David Doniger

The White House is convening industry leaders to pledge reductions in and replacements for HFCs (hydrofluorocarbons), the super-potent climate-changing chemicals used in air conditioning and refrigeration, insulating foams, and aerosol products.[read more]

Is the White House's Open Data Strategy Working for Energy?

June 8, 2014 by Stephen Lacey

In 2007, when Barack Obama was running for president, it cost roughly 44 cents to store a gigabyte of data. This year, as President Obama approaches the second half of his second term, the cost to store a gigabyte of data is dipping below 5 cents.[read more]

Three Key Takeaways from the White House Energy Datapalooza

June 3, 2014 by Christine Hertzog

Last week I attended the White House Energy Datapalooza. It was an informational and inspirational gathering focused on data standards and demonstrations of applications that use a variety of energy data sources including Green Button data derived from smart meters.[read more]

Solar Panels (and Energy Efficiency) at the White House

August 28, 2013 by Meredith Fowlie
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White House Solar Energy

The Washington Post recently reported that solar panels are being installed on the White House roof. Or, more accurately, re-installed. Jimmy Carter installed a solar thermal system on this roof back in 1979. This was quickly removed by the next tenant, Ronald Reagan.[read more]

White House Issues Apology By Jaczko

December 13, 2011 by a b
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Chief of Staff Bill Daley breaks White House silence over escalating conflicts about the NRC The shouting may be over in the long simmering dispute that broke out into the open last Friday at the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission.  NRC Chairman Gregory Jaczko has issued an apology via the White House to the other four commissioners...[read more]

Effective vs. Ineffective Nuclear Advocacy

October 31, 2011 by Steve Skutnik
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Recently, there's been a push among supporters of nuclear energy to try and promote nuclear energy-related petitions in the White House's recent propaganda stunt online citizen petition initiative, "We the People". Some of these petition topics included advocacy of specific nuclear prototype projects (such as the integral fast reactor [...[read more]

Texas Gaining Smart Grid Buzz

May 26, 2011 by Michael Giberson

Texas is becoming a recognized leader in smart grid development, and just wait, it is going to get better. One external bit of circumstantial evidence for this claim comes from a meeting last week at the White House hosted by Aneesh Chopra, Assistant to the President and Associate Director for Technology within the White House’s...[read more]

Steve Chu on the White House going solar

October 6, 2010 by Joseph Romm

I posted yesterday the news account of the White House decision to put solar panels back on the White House.  I had thought that the WH spinmeisters might not want to do this for fear  of being associated with the presidency of Jimmy Carter, which first put up solar panels before Reagan tore them down.  But in fact most...[read more]

The Obama White House Goes Solar

October 5, 2010 by Osha Davidson

The Obama administration has announced plans to install solar panels on the White House. Secretary of Energy Steven Chu and Council of Environmental Quality Chair Nancy Sutley made the announcement this morning during a federally-sponsored GreenGov Symposium at George Washington University.[read more]

Jimmy Carter Solar Panel Heads Back to White House

September 8, 2010 by Taylen Peterson

In a time when little to nothing is getting done about climate change at the legislative level, much of the efforts of the frustrated environmental movement must be symbolic in nature. Such is the mood and motive of Bill Mckibben, and others en route to Washington D.C. with one of the now-legendary Jimmy Carter solar panels that once...[read more]

Enough, Mr. President

May 20, 2010 by Osha Davidson
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Word on the street is that the White House is preparing to get tough with oil giant BP. The Administration sent a letter Thursday to BP chief Tony Hayward strongly urging him to create a website on which to post data about the oil disaster and to keep the information current. Not good enough. Not nearly. And here’s why: BP no longer...[read more]

Lindsey Graham says, “yeah,” there’s a chance for climate to move forward this year - On the bipartisan bill he wrote with Kerry and Lieberman: "I really believe in this product. I think it's a damn good solution."

April 29, 2010 by Joseph Romm

WashPost’s Ezra Klein has posted an interview with Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) about the immigration and climate bills.  Since my Monday post, it’s been hard to tell whether the Senator has been principled or petulant — or perhaps a bit of both. I’ll excerpt the parts of his interview with Klein about the climate bill and you can...[read more]

We Can’t Afford to Wait for Climate Action

April 26, 2010 by Frances Beinecke
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The clean energy and climate legislation so vital to our country has been temporarily delayed. We need to get it back on track. We can’t afford to lose any more time. Americans want action on legislation that will create jobs, cut our oil imports in half and reduce the carbon pollution that threatens us all. Senators Kerry, Graham, and...[read more]

White House tells amazing inside story of how the Copenhagen Accord was reached

December 20, 2009 by Joseph Romm

The White House Office of the Press Secretary has now released the remarkable details of how Obama achieved the Copenhagen Accord. The point CAP Senior fellow Andrew Light made in his summary analysis of the deal is that it represents “a move away from developed vs. developing countries to major emitters and everyone else” (see “Obama...[read more]