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Bill McKibben to Obama: Say No to Big Oil

Feb 6th, 2014 | By
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The showdown nears for the Keystone pipeline. Environmentalist Bill McKibben says it’s time for President Obama to stand up to oil companies and just say no. Click here for a preview.



Obama’s Climate Change Plan Sounds Familiar To Northeast

Jun 27th, 2013 | By

The steps detailed Tuesday by President Obama to slow the progress of climate change while lessening its disastrous effects already underway mirror, in part, existing state and regional efforts to limit greenhouse gases and support renewable energy. The White House said the president’s plan will set up carbon emission standards for existing and new power

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Schumer, Gillibrand Urge Obama to Cut Carbon Pollution from Power Plant

Jun 15th, 2013 | By
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U.S. Sens. Charles Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand sent a letter to President Obama today, describing the devastation that Hurricane Sandy caused in New York, to urge him to set limits on carbon pollution from power plants.



GOP lawmakers raise objections to former Massachusetts official nominated to lead the EPA

May 10th, 2013 | By

Republican senators staged a surprise boycott of a committee meeting and stalled the confirmation of President Obama’s nominee to lead the Environmental Protection Agency, a move that underscores how bitter battles over some Cabinet nominations have strained the president’s relationship with Congress. Gina McCarthy, a Massachusetts native who was a top environmental official under former

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President Obama Proposes Expanded Growth of Sustainable Energy

Jan 23rd, 2013 | By

In his second inaugural address U. S. President Barack Obama highlighted the need for developing sustainable energy sources. He noted the damages inflicted by recent extreme weather and climate events. He then set forth the objective of expanding the role of sustainable energy in the American economy, expressing the intent to make the U. S.

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Environmentalists hail Obama climate change focus

Jan 22nd, 2013 | By

Environmental groups hailed President Barack Obama’s warning Monday about climate change, but said the president’s words will soon be tested as he decides whether to approve the Keystone XL oil pipeline from Canada to the Gulf Coast. Obama pledged in his inaugural speech to respond to what he called the threat of climate change, saying,

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Obama, Clinton Unveil $4B Green Building Program

Dec 6th, 2011 | By

President Barack Obama and former President Bill Clinton announced a $4 billion effort to improve energy efficiency in federal and private-sector buildings across the country over the next two years. During a tour and press conference in northwest Washington, D.C., a Transwestern managed property, Obama and Clinton unveiled commitments which are part of the Better

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Obama’s Pipeline Quagmire

Sep 14th, 2011 | By

The Keystone XL pipeline project – owned by a consortium of oil companies – is a many faceted abomination. It will, if constructed, take its raw, tar sands carbon down through the agricultural heartland of the United States – through the Missouri and Niobrara Rivers, the great Ogallala aquifer, fragile natural habitats and Native American

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Bill McKibben in jail — and how you can help.

Aug 23rd, 2011 | By

Dear friends, We thought you should know that as of today over 150 people, including Bill McKibben, have been arrested at the White House. Bill is still in jail as I type this — but here in DC spirits are high and resolve is strengthening with each passing hour. For the past three days, large groups

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Where Are the White House Solar Panels Obama Promised This Spring?

Jun 22nd, 2011 | By

Thirty two years ago today, President Jimmy Carter installed a series of solar panels on the White House roof. He stood up there on the roof that day, and issued an oracular warning: “A generation from now, this solar heater can either be a curiosity, a museum piece, or it can be a small part

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Opening New Lands for Mining — Obama’s Biggest Energy Blunder?

Mar 29th, 2011 | By

In a move that is likely to go down as one of the largest energy policy blunders of the Obama years, Interior Secretary Ken Salazar has announced the opening of the door for 2.35 billion tons of new coal mining operations in Wyoming’s stretch of the Powder River Basin.

The Powder River Basin, like most coal producing regions in the county, is not certified as such. Meaning, mining operations in the area do not entirely fall under the rubric of the Federal Coal Leasing Amendments Act of 1976.



President Obama ups his committment to land preservation

Feb 14th, 2011 | By

“It’s heartening to see the President up his commitment to land conservation when many other programs take hits in the budget,” said Jesse Young, Legislative Assistant to U.S. Rep. Chris Murphy.



Sputnik Moment: Historic Meeting Between U.S. and China May Spur a Clean Energy Race

Jan 18th, 2011 | By

In China, a race toward self-reliance and clean energy technology is certainly on, but the U.S. still needs to make some key changes if it wants to compete.

According to former National Security Adviser Zbigniew Brzezinski, this “will be the most important top-level United States-Chinese encounter since Deng Xiaoping’s historic trip more than 30 years ago.” By Tina Gerhardt and Lucia Green-Weiskel report for AlterNet.



Activists say Obama gave lump of coal to polar bears

Dec 29th, 2010 | By

Government avoids listing the polar bear as ‘endangered’ as that would protect areas rich in oil and gas.



White House Bans Offshore Drilling For Seven More Years

Dec 19th, 2010 | By

The Obama administration announced Wednesday that it would not propose any new oil drilling in waters off the East Coast of the United States for at least the next seven years.



‘Billionaires for Biofuels’ activists mock ethanol industry groups at news conference

Oct 22nd, 2010 | By

A Friends of the Earth demonstration mocked corporate corn ethanol industry groups responsible for duping the Obama administration into believing ethanol is a form of clean energy worthy of billions of dollars in government handouts.



A High-Risk Energy Boom Sweeps Across North America

Oct 1st, 2010 | By

The DOE says Colorado, Utah, and Wyoming hold oil shale reserves estimated to contain 1.2 trillion to 1.8 trillion barrels of oil, half of which the department says is recoverable. The boom is producing fresh scars on the land and new threats to scarce water supplies.



Editorial: Obama should make environment priority

Sep 16th, 2010 | By

President Barack Obama proposed a climate change legislation overhaul while running for office, but unlike the healthcare overhaul, there has been no action to change how Americans obtain energy. Politics are a twisted maze to navigate—that much was made clear during the healthcare reform debate at the beginning of Obama’s administration, but a consensus was

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Glenn Hurowitz: Environmentalists Need A New President

Sep 14th, 2010 | By

I confess that when I initially heard of it, I thought Bill McKibben’s drive to return solar panels to the White House was essentially a waste of time: of all the things to ask the President, it seemed like the smallest, most insignificant, and easiest. It certainly wouldn’t solve the climate crisis. And it would

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A Symbolic Solar Road Trip To Reignite a Climate Movement by Bill McKibben, via Yale Environment 360

Sep 9th, 2010 | By

An activist caravan to bring one of Jimmy Carter’s solar panels back to the White House symbolizes not only the time the U.S. has lost in developing new energy technologies – but also the urgent need for taking action on climate. via A Symbolic Solar Road Trip To Reignite a Climate Movement by Bill McKibben:

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