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Obama Administration, a step closer to approving the Keystone pipeline?

March 4th, 2013

The Obama Administration released its revised environmental assessment of the proposed Keystone XL tar sands pipeline on Friday, portraying the project as a relatively safe way to transport oil from fields in Canada and North Dakota to the US heartland and ports at Houston. The review has riled environmentalists and pleased oil interests.

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Environmental groups say new fuel economy standards will reduce US oil dependence and air pollution

August 29th, 2012

New gasoline standards for cars and light trucks set by the US Department of Transportation and the US EPA won final approval on Tuesday after several months of public review and hearings.

The new mileage standards will require that American cars get an average of 54.5 miles per gallon by 2025. The EPA touted the change as a near doubling of fuel efficiency for cars, and predicted the effect on consumers would be like lowering the price of gasoline by $1 a gallon. Overall, the measure will save consumers more than $1.7 trillion at the gas pump and reduce U.S. oil consumption by 12 billion barrels, according to the EPA.

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Keystone XL pipeline: Myths v. Reality

January 18th, 2012

The Obama Administration’s rejection of the Keystone XL pipeline today earned the president a fierce tongue-lashing from Republican foes in the House of Representatives.

The president, faced with a 60-day deadline imposed by Republicans in the House and passed as a poison pill with the payroll tax cut, gave the pipeline thumbs down. But he left the door open for a reapplication by pipeline owner TransCanada.

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America needs green energy jobs….not a risky tar sands pipeline

January 2nd, 2012

In Washington, the loudest voices have the biggest pocketbooks. And they’re taking the US on a death march with fossil fuels.
Unlike most advanced nations, where green energy has taken firm root, the US tarries, only half-committed to new energy while guzzling more oil per capita than any other nation. We know this habit is unsustainable. It continues because oil is profitable. And Big Oil peels off some of its largesse to buy acquiescence from Washington.
That’s a crude, but accurate assessment. No pun intended.

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The smog decision: American health vs. business costs — and politics

September 7th, 2011

Has Obama thrown over the health of the American people to win a little love from pro-business forces by nixing tighter smog standards?

That seems to be the question of the week, following the Administration’s surprise announcement last Friday that stronger smog controls being readied by the EPA would have to wait until 2013.

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T. Boone Pickens: Time to get serious about oil independence

February 24th, 2011

You may or may not agree with T.Boone Pickens’ theory that natural gas is the best bridge fuel to the future. Some people, especially those living atop “fracked” and soon-to-be fracked gas shale formations, worry that drilling can contaminate water supplies and emit harmful air pollution. For them, the fact that natural gas burns much cleaner than gasoline does not adequately compensate for these environmental threats. Still, there’s no arguing that the celebrated Texas oilman makes a strong point about America’s costly oil dependence.

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Government report says one million electric vehicles by 2015 is doable

February 14th, 2011

From Green Right Now Reports
A U.S. Department of Energy report says President Obama’s goal of putting one million electric vehicles on the road by 2015, while ambitious, is also achievable based on steps already taken as part of the Recovery Act and additional policy initiatives that have been proposed. The report says positive factors include [...]

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Let the sun shine on! Obama will put solar panels on the White House

October 5th, 2010

The first family’s residence will soon be partially powered by the sun, Energy Secretary Steven Chu announced today.

The rooftop solar installation will heat hot water for the first family’s residence and supplement power for America’s most famous house. It is expected to be up and operating by the spring of 2011, showing that “American solar technologies are available, reliable and ready for installation in homes throughout the country,’’ according to the administration.

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Can West Virginia afford to get off coal — or can it afford not to?

May 24th, 2010

(Photo: savecoalrivermountain.org)Coal is deeply woven into every aspect of West Virgina and its people. The fossil fuel is found in 53 of the state’s 55 counties and underground mines produced 97 million tons of coal in 2008. West Virginia’s coal industry provides about 30,000 jobs, including miners, mine contractors, coal preparation plant employees and mine supply companies, according to the state’s Office of Miners’ Health, Safety and Training. But amid coal mining accidents and concerns about coal-related pollution, a more vigilant Environmental Protection Agency under the Obama Administration is beginning to put the brakes on the state’s history of widespread mining by slowing the permitting process.

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Scientists seek fair accounting of biofuel emissions

May 24th, 2010

Ninety of America’s leading scientists have urged Congressional leaders to be certain that any climate/energy bill or regulation accurately accounts for carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions from bioenergy sources, including biofuels such as ethanol.

In a letter to U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, U.S. Majority Leader Harry Reid, and key Obama Administration officials, the group says that ignoring the carbon impact of bioenergy can actually lead to increases in greenhouse gas emissions because not all forms of bioenergy produce less carbon dioxide pollution than fossil fuels.

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Enviro group gives Obama a ‘C’ on environmental action

February 2nd, 2010

By Ashley Phillips
Green Right Now

When President Barack Obama was sworn into office just one year ago, he promised hope to a country in the midst of economic, environmental, and political turmoil. Environmentally, however, the Obama administration that promised “change” has fallen a few cents short, according to one key environmental group, The Center for Biological Diversity.

The administration’s actions (and inaction) are speaking louder than its words, in the view of the center’s Obama Administration First-Year Report Card. Obama’s overall grade: a “C” in protecting (and failing to protect) the environment.

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