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White House Attacks Heat-Trapping Methane, Second Biggest Climate Pollutant

April 3, 2014 by David Doniger

The White House recently released its long-awaited Strategy to Reduce Methane Emissions. Promised in President Barack Obama's Climate Action Plan last June, the methane strategy is a big step in the right direction to curbing heat-trapping emissions.[read more]

Dirty Fuels Shouldn't Get a Free Pass on Water Pollution Compared to Renewable Energy

March 24, 2014 by Amy Mall

The Obama administration has been working to develop a program to better screen potential solar development sites for environmental suitability and limit utility solar projects to “energy zones” – areas with the greatest energy potential and the lowest environmental conflicts.[read more]

What President Obama's Budget Means for Our Clean Energy Future

March 21, 2014 by NRDC Switchboard

Clean Energy Budget

Earlier this month, President Obama submitted his proposed FY 2015 Budget to Congress which proposes to continue the powerful momentum of renewable energy growth from 2013. This year’s proposed budget contains $27.9 billion directed to the Department of Energy, a 2.6% increase from last year.[read more]

Electrify Africa Act Needs To Change Course

February 21, 2014 by Justin Guay

Africa Energy Problems

The direction Power Africa, Obama's initiative to address energy poverty in sub-Saharan Africa, is headed is worrying. Worse, the Electrify Africa Act, which supports this initiative, is under pressure from big industrial players who are more interested in new natural gas plants than ending energy poverty.[read more]

Obama's Fuel Economy Drive for Trucks Aims to Curb Fast-Growing Climate Change Problem

February 20, 2014 by Marianne Lavelle

President Barack Obama is taking aim at one of the world’s fastest growing engines of oil demand and greenhouse gas emissions. But one of the most popular ideas for reducing oil demand in trucking—switching to natural gas—may not help on climate change.[read more]

Keystone XL Will Significantly Increase Oil Industry Investment in the Tar Sands

February 14, 2014 by NRDC Switchboard

Keystone XL and Tar Sands

A major issue in the decision around the proposed Keystone XL tar sands pipeline is the extent to which this project will drive expansion of tar sands extraction and the associated climate change. We often hear Keystone XL dismissed as insignificant, but this misses the point.[read more]

As Obama Heads to Drought-Stricken California, Many Solutions Await

February 13, 2014 by NRDC Switchboard

Last year was the driest year on record for California, and while we enjoyed some light rain last week, the drought hasn’t let up by any measure. We’ve been hit by droughts before, but climate change will make "critically dry" years occur more frequently.[read more]

EPA Tackles HFC Super Pollutants, Next Step in President Obama's Climate Action Plan

February 10, 2014 by David Doniger

The Environmental Protection Agency recently announced its plans to tackle the super-potent heat-trapping pollutants called hydrofluorcarbons (HFCs), an important step forward in carrying out President Obama’s Climate Action Plan.[read more]

Obama's Climate Legacy May Come Down to Coal and 'No'

February 8, 2014 by Bill Chameides

Obama and Climate Change

The Obama administration gave environmentalists little to cheer about last week, but the game is hardly over. When it comes to climate change, Obama’s rhetoric has been striking and unequivocal (for example here), but with congressional deadlock, his ability to enact climate legislation has been nonexistent.[read more]

Final Environmental Review for Keystone Pipeline Acknowledges Significant Climate Impact

February 7, 2014 by Danielle Droitsch

The State Department has released its final environmental review acknowledging for the first time Keystone XL could accelerate climate change. There is already compelling evidence that approval of Keystone XL would expand the tar sands industry and cause unacceptable climate impacts.[read more]


When Will the Obama Administration Possibly Approve the Keystone XL Pipeline?

January 31, 2014 by John Miller

Obama and the Keystone XL Pipeline

The Obama Administration has delayed making a final decision on the new cross-border Keystone XL pipeline permit for years. With the recent development of a new project draft Supplemental Impact Environmental Statement, when should we expect a final Executive decision on the Keystone XL permit?[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]

Oil Flows on Keystone XL's Southern Leg, But Link to Canada Awaits Obama Administration

January 24, 2014 by Marianne Lavelle

Oil has begun flowing on the southern segment of North America’s most controversial pipeline project: the Keystone XL. TransCanada announced Wednesday that it had begun operations to send crude from Oklahoma to the refining center of the U.S. Gulf Coast.[read more]

Obama Administration Starts the New Year with More Climate Action

January 11, 2014 by Frances Beinecke

Obama Administration and Climate Change

2014 has kicked off with welcome progress in the fight against climate change. On Wednesday, the Obama Administration published limits on carbon pollution from new power plants. This step confirms the President’s National Climate Action plan is on track to deliver climate solutions in 2014.[read more]


Obama's Climate Action Plan 101

December 20, 2013 by Clean Energy Leadership Institute

Obama Climate Plan

Obama's climate action consists of a wide variety of executive actions, but has three main pillars: 1) Cut carbon pollution in America, 2) prepare the US for the impacts of climate change, and 3) lead international efforts to address global climate change.[read more]