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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]

New Carbon Pollution Standards Can Create 274,000 Jobs, Save $37 Billion on Energy Bills

June 1, 2014 by Peter Lehner
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Common-sense regulations like carbon pollution standards for power plants—like the proposed standards that President Obama will be unveiling next week--can do positive things like protect our pocketbooks as well as our health, according to a new study.[read more]

3 Ways the White House is Supporting a Solar America

May 14, 2014 by John Steller

Obama and Solar Energy Policy

Even with a 60% drop in the price of solar panels since 2011, the deployment of solar energy has needed a boost to compete with heavily subsidized fossil fuels. The government is one of the sectors that has pushed for a solar America and is poised to meet the goals set forth by the current administration.[read more]

What's Bringing President Obama to Wal-Mart?

May 11, 2014 by NRDC Switchboard

Obama and Solar

The President recentlyl visited Mountain View, California’s Wal-Mart to announce big news for solar power and energy efficiency. Wal-Mart is already a commercial leader is solar installations, but is committing to double the number of panels on its store roofs in the next six years.[read more]

A Small Victory in the 'War on Coal'

May 8, 2014 by Steven Cohen

While the main action in reducing greenhouse gasses must be to focus on developing renewables, the elimination of coal as a source of energy remains an important goal. Although it is incorrect to say that the Obama administration is sponsoring a "war on coal," they should be.[read more]

Natural Gas Emissions vs. Unaccounted For Gas

May 8, 2014 by Dave McCurdy
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Gas Measurements

The Obama Administration’s “Strategy to Cut Methane Emissions,” released at the end of March, included recognition that efforts to modernize infrastructure and enhance pipeline safety have significantly contributed to a declining trend in natural gas emissions.[read more]

Beware, Miscalculations Can Occur on Both Sides

May 7, 2014 by Roman Kilisek

Equal Miscalculation

On Friday, President Obama met with German Chancellor Angela Merkel at the White House and seemed to dismiss the notion that Russia would “turn off the tap to Europe” by calling it “unrealistic”. He added that natural gas kept flowing even at the height of the Cold War.[read more]