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NRC Commissioner Candidates Stephen Burns and Jeffery Baran

July 29, 2014 by Rod Adams

Filling NRC Vacancies

With some trepidation and caution, I recommend that the Senate confirm Stephen Burns as an NRC Commissioner. He will not require a lengthy acculturation process or any significant training time to come up to speed as a fully functioning Commissioner.[read more]

How One Industry Association Would Transform the Grid

July 23, 2014 by Christine Hertzog

Back in January 2014 when we were still packing up holiday decorations, the Obama administration initiated a Quadrennial Energy Review (QER), a comprehensive survey of energy production, infrastructure, and transport in the United States.[read more]

Obama Announces New Disaster Planning Guidance That Will Make States and Communities Better Prepared for Climate Change

July 21, 2014 by NRDC Switchboard

President Obama announced that states will soon be required to consider the projected effects of climate change when planning and preparing for natural disasters. The requirement will be implemented in a revision to the FEMA guidance for “state hazard mitigation plans.”[read more]

President's Climate Resiliency Actions Include Risk-Mapping Tool

July 20, 2014 by NRDC Switchboard

President Obama announced a series of climate preparedness initiatives aimed at strengthening the nation’s efforts to prepare for sea level rise and more frequent extreme weather events. Among this array of initiatives is a $13.1 million mapping project, called the 3D Elevation Program.[read more]

Obama Administration Recognizes the Climate-Resiliency Benefits of Green Infrastructure

July 19, 2014 by NRDC Switchboard

As we‘ve seen play out in communities across the U.S., the impacts of climate change are already here. Multiple wildfires are currently burning in Western states, California’s drought is only intensifying, and extreme storms have caused flooding and heavy winds from the East Coast to the Rockies.[read more]

Obama Plan Helps Communities Prepare for Extreme Weather Brought on by Climate Change

July 18, 2014 by Frances Beinecke

Climate Change and Resiliency

New Yorkers remember all too well the alarm we felt as Superstorm Sandy pounded our city. Apartment buildings and hospitals were swamped, and entire neighborhoods went without power for days. And city officials and residents wondered: will we be ready next time?[read more]

Competent Leaders Need to Understand the Science of Sustainability

July 8, 2014 by Steven Cohen
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In speaking about climate policy last week, President Obama chided senators who are trying to dodge the climate issue by claiming they were not scientists. The president went on to claim that he was not a scientist either, but that "I've got this guy, John Holdren. He's a scientist."[read more]

Opinion: Why Obama's 'Clean Power' Plan May Prove Counterproductive for 2015 Global Climate Agreement

June 18, 2014 by Roman Kilisek
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Obama's Power Plan and International Agreements

What do Obama's proposed emissions rules suggest to China, India, and other emerging economic powerhouses around the world? At this stage, most of those countries can ill-afford nor are willing to unnecessarily constrain their growth trajectories.[read more]

Nuclear Is Cheaper Than Solar Thermal

June 16, 2014 by Alex Trembath
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Nuclear and Solar Costs

I’m a big fan of reporter Mike Grunwald, and often think that he and Breakthrough are among the only people who really understand that Obama’s signature climate policies are not fuel economy standards or power plant regulations, but the tens of billions invested in clean energy technology and innovation.[read more]

Science is Science, but Indifference Trumps All

June 13, 2014 by Lou Grinzo
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Can you think of anything more revelatory, more condemning of a broad population, than their consistently putting their own short-term gratification ahead of the well being of the world’s children, including their own? Perhaps we need a term for such willful indifference.[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]

Two Steps Remain Before Obama Can Claim A Genuine Climate Legacy

June 7, 2014 by Joseph Romm

Obama and Climate Change Policy

Obama took the most serious step toward limiting carbon pollution of any in history. And besides its proposed rules for power plant pollution, the White House has already helped bring about an explosion in solar and wind, along with very strong fuel economy rules negotiated with the major automakers.[read more]

EPA's Clean Power Plan: A Breath of Fresh Air for Public Health

June 5, 2014 by NRDC Switchboard
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The Obama administration announced its proposal for working with states to set national limits on heat-trapping carbon pollution from the nation’s existing power plants. By putting the brakes on this carbon pollution we stand to gain a great deal for better health and more climate-secure communities.[read more]

Two Cheers for President Obama's Proposed Climate Regulation

June 3, 2014 by Steven Cohen

Under section 111(d) of the Clean Air Act, President Obama proposed regulations requiring significant reductions in greenhouse gases produced by each American state. Using 2005 as a baseline, states, will be required to achieve a 30 percent reduction in greenhouse gases by 2030.[read more]

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10 Key Questions for Assessing EPA's Proposed Carbon Rules Under Section 111(d) of the Clean Air Act

June 2, 2014 by Jim Pierobon
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EPA Carbon Rules Announcement

The EPA can't mandate how utilities achieve proposed emissions reductions. It is only setting guidelines for what states must do. That said, if the EPA does not like what it sees over the next two years before Obama leaves the White House, it can send state regulators back to their drawing boards.[read more]