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The Right Wing's Endless War on Environmental Regulation

May 27, 2015 by Steven Cohen

Since it seems impossible to update our environmental laws in this era of partisan poison, the Obama Administration has been working to use existing laws to update old rules. Updates like these were anticipated by many of our environmental laws.[read more]

President Obama Regrettably Approves Oil Drilling in the Arctic Ocean

May 18, 2015 by Henry Auer
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President Obama granted conditional approval to Shell to begin drilling in the Arctic Ocean off of Alaska. In addition to generating grave misgivings about possible environmental damage from drilling accidents, this decision represents a major compromise with the President’s own policies on global warming.[read more]

Understanding Obama's Budget Proposal for Clean Energy and Climate Investments

April 21, 2015 by Joseph Nyangon

President Obama has released a $4 trillion budget proposal for 2016. It contains a range of programs designed to encourage deployment of the next generation clean energy and energy efficiency technologies. Here are the top five things to know about the budget for clean energy and environmental investments.[read more]

Energy Quote of the Day: "This is Not Just a Future Threat"

April 17, 2015 by Edward Dodge

Obama and the Climate Change Threat

President Obama is arguing that climate change is a public health hazard, as the White House launches a new initiative aimed at addressing the impacts a warming planet has on communities. These initiatives are intended to address smog, allergies and the increasing risk of extreme-weather-related injuries.[read more]

Energy Quote of the Day: On Obama's 'Solar Ready Vets' Program

April 11, 2015 by Edward Dodge

Obama and Solar Ready Vets

The “Solar Ready Vets” program aims to train 75,000 workers, including veterans, to enter the solar industry by 2020. The Department of Energy will join the Pentagon to run the training program which will occur at 10 military bases across the country.[read more]

Keystone XL Traded For Arctic Drilling Rights?

April 6, 2015 by Deborah Lawrence
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Few debates in energy have been more contentious than Keystone XL. Green groups opposed the pipeline and turned out a movement that astonished even battle weary Enviros. It also caused serious problems for the industry as their assets became stranded and they were forced to ship crude by rail and barge.[read more]

Continuing to Lead by Example on Federal Sustainability

April 2, 2015 by Jason Ye

The Obama Administration recently issued a new executive order that builds on energy-saving advances and ups the targets for federal agencies to do even more. Joining in the commitment to cleaner energy and energy efficiency were 14 companies that are major federal suppliers.[read more]

Obama Signs Order to Cut Government GHG Emissions and Boost Renewable Energy

March 24, 2015 by Jared Anderson

Obama Administration and Emissions Reduction

Recently President Obama singed an executive order regarding government energy targets, toured a solar panel installation on the Department of Energy’s roof, and gave brief remarks before kicking off a roundtable with large US companies that do over $1 billion in business with the federal government.[read more]

Energy Quote of the Day: On Obama's Changing Keystone Oil Pipeline Stance

March 21, 2015 by Edward Dodge
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Pipeline Policy and Rhetoric

President Obama has used increasingly negative rhetoric in recent months when discussing the Keystone XL pipeline. The President’s remarks have left most observers with the impression that he will reject the controversial pipeline’s permit and cancel the project once and for all.[read more]

Washington Post: President Obama is Lying About the Keystone Pipeline

March 9, 2015 by Robert Rapier
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When President Obama vetoed a bill that would have sped up the approval process for the Keystone XL pipeline, he repeated several false claims which were in direct contradiction to the U.S. State Department assessment of the project. The Washington Post took him to task on these claims.[read more]

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Obama's Keystone Veto Message: "If You've Got a Business, You Can't Build That Infrastructure Project"

February 26, 2015 by John Miller
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Obama and the Keystone Veto

 

President Barack Obama has vetoed a bipartisan Congressional piece of legislation that aims to finally approve the Keystone XL pipeline project at the Federal level. Why does the President continue to block and delay this energy project’s permit decision?[read more]

Energy Quote of the Day: 'Failure to Invest in Climate Solutions ... is Fiscally Unwise'

February 14, 2015 by Edward Dodge
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Climate Solution Investment

President Obama’s proposed budget for 2016 invests heavily in his agenda to combat climate change. The proposal would increase the budget of the EPA with an emphasis on enactment of the Clean Power Plan to slash greenhouse gases from existing power plants.[read more]

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The Keystone Showdown: #EnergyChat on the Final Chapter of the Pipeline Fight

February 7, 2015 by Jesse Jenkins
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The years-long fight over the Keystone XL pipeline appears to be entering its final chapter. The new Congress recently passed legislation requiring the Obama Administration to approve it. Now the President must decide whether or not to make good on a threat to veto any bill forcing his hand on the issue.[read more]

Energy Quote of the Day: 'Make Available Nearly 80 Percent of the Undiscovered Technically Recoverable Resources'

February 6, 2015 by Edward Dodge
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Recoverable Resources

The Obama administration has released plans to open up the US Atlantic coast to offshore oil drilling for the first time. Obama declined to issue leases after the ban expired, and clamped down BP oil spill. But Interior Secretary Sally Jewell said that tougher regulations and oversight have improved safety.[read more]

Obama Budget Aims to Make Solar and Wind Incentives Permanent

February 4, 2015 by Eric Wesoff
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President Obama just unveiled a $3.99 trillion budget for 2016 that asks Congress for a permanent extension of tax credits for the solar and wind industry. The current policy, which includes an expiration of tax credits in 2017, is encouraging a boom in solar installations this year and next.[read more]