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Clean Power Plan: Reasonable, Achievable State Targets for Cutting Power Plant Pollution

August 5, 2015 by NRDC Switchboard
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Clean Power Plan

The historic Clean Power Plan finalized this week to limit carbon pollution from power plants allows each state to design its own cost-effective pathway toward a cleaner electricity system that will protect our health and help safeguard future generations from the worst impacts of climate change.[read more]

Technology Leads, Regulation Follows

August 4, 2015 by Alex Trembath
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This week marks the release of the Obama Administration’s Clean Power Plan, an EPA Clean Air Act regulatory platform designed to reduce carbon emissions from American power plants. It has been called “the biggest action ever taken by the US to combat global warming.” It has also been called “really kind of eh.”[read more]

Stage Set in Cuba for Boom in Renewable Investment; Can U.S. Companies Take Advantage?

July 28, 2015 by Van Hilderbrand, Jr.

A Boom in Cuba?

With the recent announcement that Cuba has been removed from the U.S. list of countries sponsoring terrorism, the door for trade has been cracked open for the first time in many years. The question now is how and when U.S. investment dollars can begin flowing to relieve the island nation’s economic isolation.[read more]

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Should Gas & Oil Methane Emissions Be the Next Obama Climate Policy Priority?

July 1, 2015 by John Miller
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Emissions Priorities

Is the Environmental Protection Agency’s new proposed gas and oil production greenhouse gas regulation actually the most efficient and effective approach to reducing total methane emissions in the United States? Or are there better alternatives?[read more]

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Can Obama's COP21 Proposal to Reduce Total GHG Emissions by 26% be Achieved?

June 2, 2015 by John Miller
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Obama and Greenhouse Emissions

President Obama recently announced plans to commit the United States to reducing total greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by at least 26 percent. Is this U.S. GHG reduction commitment reasonably achievable over the course of the next 10 years?[read more]

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]