Sign up | Login with →

president obama

Everyone Likes to Breathe

December 3, 2014 by Steven Cohen

This past week, at President Obama's direction, the Environmental Protection Agency continued to use its extensive powers granted under the Clean Air Act (thank you, 1970 United States Congress) and announced a new, tighter regulation on ozone pollution.[read more]

Clinton (well, Gore) Went to Kyoto. Obama Went to Beijing

November 20, 2014 by Maximilian Auffhammer

Obama and International Climate Deals


Last week, United States President Obama and China's Premier Xi stood together announcing a deal on emissions reductions between these two great nations. The fact that such a bilateral agreement is possible and sealed with a handshake is a big deal.[read more]

Historic Announcement Shows US and China Are Serious about Fighting Climate Change

November 15, 2014 by Frances Beinecke

President Obama and President Xi Jinping announced ambitious new plans to reduce climate change pollution. This marks a turning point in the fight against global warming. The world’s two largest emitters of carbon pollution have come together to set firm targets for cutting emissions.[read more]

Historic US-China Climate Deal Is a Sign of Clean Energy's Growing Political Strength

November 13, 2014 by Stephen Lacey

President Obama was supposed to be focusing on trade during his trip to Asia this week. No one expected him to pull off a landmark climate deal. After nine months of talks, the White House announced that the U.S. and China had agreed to historic joint targets for reducing carbon dioxide emissions.[read more]

A New Flank in China's War on Pollution? Controlling Emissions from Ports and Shipping

November 5, 2014 by NRDC Switchboard

China Pollution Prevention

As President Obama and other Asia-Pacific leaders gather in Beijing for the upcoming Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation Summit, climate change and air pollution will undoubtedly be on the agenda. This summit provides an important opportunity to address the pollutants from China's ports and shipping system.[read more]

Is President Obama Manipulating Gasoline Prices?

November 4, 2014 by Robert Rapier

For those who tend not to read much past the headline, the answer to that question is “No.” President Obama is not manipulating gasoline prices. If you want to understand a bit more about the issue of falling gas prices during election seasons, feel free to read on.[read more]

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 29, 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]