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More Steps Forward on Climate Protection

July 7, 2014 by David Doniger

A year ago, on a sweltering afternoon at Georgetown University, President Obama announced his Climate Action Plan designed to start cutting dangerous carbon pollution using his authority under our clean air and energy laws already on the books.[read more]


#EnergyChat: Unraveling the President's State of the Union Address

January 30, 2014 by Matthew Stepp

Obama's State of the Union


Last night, the President gave his State of the Union - a unique opportunity to argue for his policy agenda for the next year in front of the entire country and all of Congress. Climate change and clean energy have been a significant part of his previous five speeches and this year was no different.[read more]


Energy Chat: The Ins and Outs of President Obama's New Climate Change Plan [VIDEO]

June 29, 2013 by Matthew Stepp

Capitol Energy Report

In an #EnergyChat with Jesse Jenkins, I discuss the major elements of the President’s Climate Change speech and proposed climate strategy. I also run through the key takeaways on the new White House climate strategy.[read more]

The 5 Most Interesting Pieces of Obama's New Climate Change Plan

June 26, 2013 by Stephen Lacey

Speaking at Georgetown University this afternoon, Obama outlined his executive strategy for reducing carbon pollution, which he hoped would put pressure on lawmakers to adopt a market-based approach.[read more]

Climate Change: President Obama's FDR Moment

December 21, 2012 by Frances Beinecke


Frances Beinecke, President of NRDC, New York CityI coauthored this post with Sierra Club Executive Director Michael Brune. 2012 was a historic year for climate disasters. Between a devastating drought, raging wildfires and the superstorm Hurricane Sandy, millions of Americans saw the very real toll that climate disruption is having...[read more]

A Marshall Plan to Build a Smart Grid -- in China

September 18, 2011 by James Greenberger

There is a deal to be cut here. It is time to put substance into the Framework for Ten Year Cooperation on Energy and Environment signed by President Obama and President Hu in November 2009. The government of China should contract with the U.S. power industry, coordinated through the U.S. Department of Energy, to build a complete smart grid in China. This would be no less than a Marshall Plan to build a 21st Century smart power grid in China.[read more]

Obama Administration and Goldman Sachs Make Major Biofuels Investments

August 26, 2011 by John Daly

On 16 August President Obama announced that the U.S. Departments of Agriculture, Energy and Navy will invest up to $510 million by 2014 in partnership with the private sector to produce advanced “drop-in” aviation and maritime biofuels for military and commercial use. This builds on a directive Obama issued five months ago as part of his...[read more]

President Obama's Blueprint for Energy Independence Leaves Something to be Desired

April 1, 2011 by Nathanael Baker

Stepping up to the microphone yesterday, President Obama said exactly what each of his predecessors since Richard Nixon has stated before him -- it is time for the United States to achieve energy independence. Therefore, the President and his Administration have developed a comprehensive energy plan, Blueprint for a Secure Energy...[read more]

Why Government Investment Is Necessary

January 29, 2011 by James Greenberger

For all their criticism of environmentalists for confusing science with religion, the The Wall Street Journal and its fellow travelers are guilty of the same offense. The hazards of government investment are real and obvious. Politics does play a role in investment decisions and funding priorities are too often based on sound bites and electoral calculus rather than efficacy. But at the same time the free market is far from being an infallible invisible hand. There is no doubt that government does certain kinds of investing far better than the private sector. Had John F. Kennedy said in 1960 that we would be landing a man on the moon by the end of that decade and that we were going to rely on the free market to do it, we would all still be staring at the moon today wondering whether it was made of Swiss cheese.[read more]

Memo to Hu and Obama: Water and Energy Choke Points Merit Time at the China-U.S. Summit

January 18, 2011 by Keith Schneider

While the two heads of state focus on resolving what pries them apart, both nations share a dangerous confrontation within their borders over energy demand and water supply—offering a matchless opportunity for new kinds of cooperation on policy, technology, business, and trade.[read more]

Wrapping Up 2010: Good News for Solar Industry

December 22, 2010 by Taylen Peterson

First off, as I’m sure most of you are aware, Congress approved a one-year extension of 1603, the Treasury Grant Program, which pays cash grants for 30 percent of solar energy (and other renewable energy) installations in lieu of a tax credit, for companies that have not acquired a “tax appetite”; that is, enough of a tax burden....[read more]

Happy Energy Independence / Solar Recovery Day

July 4, 2010 by Osha Davidson

Energy Independence Day, July 3, 2010 With the economy and job-growth stagnant, oil still spewing from the BP well-head into the Gulf of Mexico as a toxic reminder of our addiction to fossil fuels, President Obama couldn’t have picked a better time to announce a major solar power initiative than today, July 3rd — only hours away from...[read more]

Moving On: Democrats After Cap and Trade

June 22, 2010 by Breakthrough Institute

Now that Obama has officially opened the door to alternatives to the conventional cap and trade framework, Congressional Democrats are finally willing to admit the policy is dead and focus on finding an economically and politically viable Plan B. According to E&E (subs. req'd), efforts to formulate that Plan B have just begun and...[read more]

President Obama Edges Toward Straight Talk on Climate & Energy

June 22, 2010 by Osha Davidson

While President Obama’s rhetoric on energy and climate is still short on specifics, the message above is at least an improvement on his Oval Office Address last week. Agree? Disagree? Comment below. The Phoenix Sun | Solar Power & Environmental News from the American SouthwestLink to original post[read more]

Energy Independence Is America's Most Elusive Technological Goal

June 18, 2010 by Keith Schneider

In calling for a new "national mission" to achieve energy independence during his Oval Office address earlier this week, President Obama was clearly seeking inspiration from his predecessors, a number of whom actually achieved the big technological goals they'd pursued. At various inflection points in the nation's history, presidents...[read more]