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Obama Executive Order: Triple Renewable Energy Usage

December 11, 2013 by Jeremy Gottlieb

President Obama used to campaign on his theme of hope and change. Despite numerous political hurdles and geopolitical events that have diverted his attention since his 2008 election, it can proudly be said that the president has taken another step towards bringing about positive change.[read more]

Kosovo Coal Plant Fails President Obama's Climate Plan Test

December 2, 2013 by Justin Guay

Kosovo Coal Plant

President Obama made a pledge in his Climate Action Plan to lead in the fight against climate disruption when he announced an end to financing for new coal plants overseas. His pledge would end public funds - our taxpayer dollars - flowing to new coal plants.[read more]

Illustrating How the Keystone Pipeline Fails the President's Climate Test

October 14, 2013 by NRDC Switchboard

Keystone XL and Emissions

The fact are clear: The Keystone XL pipeline fails President Obama's climate test. The pipeline significantly exacerbates the problem of carbon pollution. It is not in the national interest, and its Presidential Permit should be denied.[read more]

CEOs to Obama: Reject 'Dealmaking' on Keystone Pipeline

September 27, 2013 by Danielle Droitsch

As the Keystone XL tar sands pipeline debate has continued for several years over the impacts to climate, public health, land use, and freshwater impacts, the Government of Canada and the Province of Alberta have failed to take aggressive action to address the substantial impacts of tar sands mining and drilling operations.[read more]

Gas Industry Should Embrace Regulation

September 25, 2013 by Max Luke

As fracking activists of all stripes campaign for and against the practice, it is crucial that the oil and gas industry itself intervene to bridge gaps, open dialogues, welcome criticisms, and demonstrate proactive efforts to make fracking safer and cleaner.[read more]

US Military Doubles Down on Energy Efficiency

September 20, 2013 by Kristopher Settle

Military Energy Efficiency

The United States government is proving how devoted its military is to reducing its carbon footprint, and doing so aggressively. The Obama Administration has been steadfast in its efforts to restructure the energy output of numerous military energy efficiency initiatives.[read more]

Will the Keystone XL Decision Be Based on Incorrect Assumptions?

August 27, 2013 by Geoffrey Styles

When President Obama commented on the merits of the Keystone XL pipeline project in an interview in the New York Times last month, he confirmed that the criterion for making this decision was still the pipeline’s greenhouse gas impact.[read more]

Preparing for a Stormy Future: Obama's Sandy Rebuilding Strategy

August 24, 2013 by NRDC Switchboard

Recently, multiple Obama Administration agencies released their remarkably dense and useful report on the recovery from Hurricane Sandy, covering activities to-date and planned. 69 recommendations, and their status are detailed in its 200+ pages.[read more]

President Obama, Coal Killer

President Obama put natural gas at the center of his agenda to deal with climate change. "We should strengthen our position as the top natural gas producer because it can provide safe, cheap power, and reduce our carbon emissions."[read more]


The 3 Biggest Challenges to Obama’s Climate Change Plan

July 2, 2013 by Evan Juska

President Obama’s plan to address climate change is being billed as one that he can implement on his own. But there are several significant hurdles the plan must overcome before taking effect.[read more]

President's Climate Change Plan Hinges on Natural Gas

July 2, 2013 by Geoffrey Styles

Obama's Climate Change plan probably represents the most balanced approach on this subject from this White House. However, components of it could prove costlier than other solutions that have been debated in recent years.[read more]

Obama Carbon-Shames Keystone Pipeline In Climate Change Speech

June 28, 2013 by Tina Casey

Obama and Keystone Pipeline


Of all the fossil fuel projects that have clouded the American landscape with increasing regularity, the proposed Keystone XL pipeline is the only one that the President's Climate Change speech mentioned by name.[read more]

Why a Carbon Tax Isn’t In Obama’s Climate Change Plan

June 28, 2013 by Evan Juska

Carbon Tax Politics

President Obama outlined his plan to address climate change. It includes a range of executive actions and regulations that will reduce the nation’s greenhouse gas emissions. But one thing it does not include is a carbon tax.[read more]

Action on Climate Change Will Still Be a State Affair

June 27, 2013 by Katherine Tweed

As many who work in cleantech or environmental circles probably noticed, a warm, fuzzy feeling was palpable on Tuesday as Obama delivered a long-awaited address about how his administration plans to tackle climate change.[read more]

Sally Jewell, CEO of REI, Will Be Named As New Secretary Of The Interior

February 6, 2013 by Joseph Romm

News outlets reported this morning that President Obama will name Sally Jewell, CEO of the outdoor company REI, as his next Secretary of the Interior. The Department of the Interior is the agency responsible for the management of 1.7 billions acres of public lands. It oversees areas like national parks and national seashores, in addition to a significant amount of fossil and renewable energy development like solar energy and offshore wind.[read more]