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What Americans think of Obama’s plan to fight climate change

February 13th, 2013

“For the sake of our children we must do more to combat climate change,” Obama declared in his State of the Union Address. It turns out a majority of Americans agree with him, according to post SOTUS poll.

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President says he’ll make the call on tar sands pipeline

November 2nd, 2011

President Obama told a Nebraska TV station yesterday that he — not the State Department — will be making the decision on whether to permit the controversial 1,700-mile Keystone XL pipeline.
The president said he would consider both the health of Americans and the economy in making the decision as he is presented with information about the pipeline — words that some environmentalists opposing the pipeline took as cautiously encouraging.

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Report for Obama questions effectiveness of gas drilling regulations

August 12th, 2011

In sharp contrast with gas industry portrayals, the draft report released yesterday by a federal panel on shale gas drilling explicitly acknowledges that current regulations may be insufficient to protect the environment and public health.

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Obama says oil dependence threatens U.S. prosperity, and we must find alternatives

March 31st, 2011

President Obama took on the oil crisis Wednesday in a speech at Georgetown University, saying once again that the U.S. needs to wean itself from foreign oil and develop a long-term energy plan to stop “being a victim” of the oil markets.

It’s a message the nation has heard from half a dozen presidents. But never has it been more urgent, with the oil-rich Middle East exploding in civil unrest; rising global demand pushing gasoline prices to $4 a gallon again in the U.S., and fossil fuel emissions contributing to the greenhouse gases triggering climate change.

Obama listed several ways the U.S. can step down its reliance in Middle East oil, including tapping more domestic oil and gas. But he acknowledged that the U.S. consumption of 20 percent of the world’s oil far exceeds the 2 percent of oil reserves it controls.

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Campaign to put solar panels on the White House gets hazy reception

September 10th, 2010

A group of environmentalists who wanted solar panels installed on the White House were able to meet with administration staffers today, but they did not get a commitment for a solar array at the first family’s residence.
The team representing people who’d signed a “Put Solar On The White House” petition included students from Unity College in Maine which has been using a solar array installed on the White House during the Carter Administration. The panels Jimmy Carter had installed were dismantled, and ultimately relocated to Unity College, during the Reagan Administration. The Put Solar On It group carried a remnant of that array to the White House to help make their point that President Obama could again light the way.

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The BP oil well is capped! And now back to work

July 16th, 2010

Now that BP has successfully capped the oil flowing into the Gulf of Mexico, almost everyone has a tempering comment on this fragile victory. Soon after the oil flow into the ocean was stopped Thursday afternoon using the latest “sealing cap” device placed over the well, BP officials began cautioning about too much celebration.

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DOE reports progress from electric vehicle investments

July 15th, 2010

Prior to President Obama’s trip to Holland, Mich., today for the groundbreaking of an electric-car battery factory, the Department of Energy released a new report on the economic impact of Recovery Act investments in advanced batteries and vehicles. The report, “Recovery Act Investments: Transforming America’s Transportation Sector,” shows that Recovery Act funds are being matched with private capital to create new jobs, construct new plants, add new manufacturing lines, install electric vehicle charging stations across the country and help establish a domestic electric vehicle industry.

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Activists press Obama on climate change

July 6th, 2010

With time running short to act on climate change this year, a group of environmental organizations have sent President Obama a letter, asking him to encourage movement on the gridlocked Senate negotiations on climate and energy legislation.

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President Obama announces almost $2 billion for 2 solar projects

July 6th, 2010

President Obama has announced a conditional $1.45 billion loan guarantee to Abengoa Solar Inc.to finance the construction and start-up of a one of the world’s largest solar power facilities. The Solana, Ariz., plant will add 250 megawatts of capacity to the electrical grid.

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President Obama’s statement on Gulf oil spill

April 30th, 2010

Here is President Obama’s statement about the Federal response to the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. He also says that the economy is on the right track after news that the economy grew at 3.2 percent in the first quarter of the year, the third straight quarter of growth. April 30, 2010.

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Environmentalists call Obama’s offshore drilling plans ‘a concern’ to ‘a disaster’

April 1st, 2010

President Obama's decision to open up off-shore drilling drew mixed reaction.

President Obama's decision to open up off-shore drilling drew mixed reaction.

From Green Right Now Reports

Environmental groups were taken aback by President Obama’s announcement this week that the U.S. would open vast areas along the Eastern Seaboard, in the Gulf of Mexico and selected areas of the Alaskan Arctic to off-shore oil and gas leasing. Reaction ranged from pure outrage to a more measured response from big groups that clearly want to maintain good relations with a White House that has pitched some wins their way.

The World Wildlife Fund and the Natural Resources Defense Council, for instance, issued straightforward statements saying they were not happy with the new drilling, but pleased with restrictions in some areas and glad that the administration is pursuing oil conservation measures like new higher mileage and stricter emissions standards for cars.

The best line:

“Short of sending Sarah Palin back to Alaska to personally club polar bear cubs to death, the Obama administration could not have come up with a more efficient extinction plan for the polar bear,” said Brendan Cummings, senior counsel at the Center for Biological Diversity.

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Yes, he can: Report says Obama has authority to sign binding agreement

December 9th, 2009

By Barbara Kessler
Green Right Now

One of the most disheartening aspects of the Copenhagen climate talks, beyond the sheer weight of the topic, has been how politicians and handicappers have lowered expectations for the U.S..

Take, for example, the notion that President Obama cannot even sign a binding agreement in the absence of a Congressional mandate or climate bill to back him up, and that he must have a supportive Senate because they’ll be needed to ratify any climate treaty. (And clearly they’re not supportive, having failed so far to pass a strong climate bill, let alone a weak one.)

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