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Here's How President Trump Could Dismantle Obama's Climate Rules 5.8.2015 Mother Jones
This story was first published by the Huffington Post and is reproduced here as part of the Climate Desk collaboration. The Republican presidential candidates gathering in Cleveland for Thursday's debate are sure to get questions about the Affordable Care Act, Planned Parenthood, and immigration. All of those issues deserve attention. But maybe the first question should be about President Barack Obama's latest effort to slow climate change. The Environmental Protection Agency on Monday released a final version of new regulations designed to limit greenhouse gas emissions from existing power plants. Technically, the regulations are part of the Clean Air Act, which became law in the 1970s and gives the federal government broad powers to regulate pollutants that threaten public health. The new regulations call upon states to devise plans that cut down on carbon output from power plants—which, in practice, could mean anything from shutting down aging coal-fired generators to creating multi-state markets for ...
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Next step for Obama's climate rules: A court debate over wording 'glitch' 5.8.2015 LA Times: Environment
President Obama's climate-change plan will face a fierce challenge in the courts this fall, when lawyers for at least 15 states join the coal and power industries to block the carbon-reducing rules before they take effect.
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Don't Like The New Climate Rules? Thank Congress. 5.8.2015 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
WASHINGTON -- Critics of the Obama administration's new rules for power plant emissions have been quick to describe them as "government overreach" and " flagrantly unlawful ." What they don't say is that congressional inaction and a mandate from the Supreme Court drove the regulatory process to this point. The new rules limiting the emission of planet-warming greenhouse gases from power plants, which the Environmental Protection Agency finalized on Monday , were written under the Clean Air Act, a law originally adopted in 1970 to regulate sources of air pollution. From Obama's first days in office, his administration stressed that it did not want to regulate greenhouse gases under the Clean Air Act, describing it as a non-ideal way to address this type of pollution. But legal mechanisms were already in the works to force the Obama administration to do exactly that if Congress declined to issue new, greenhouse-gas-specific rules. Some historical context is helpful for understanding why and exactly how the ...
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While airlines ban hunting trophy shipments, UPS says it won’t bow to controversy 4.8.2015 Washington Post
Hunters and others looking to ship lion, leopard, elephant, rhinoceros and buffalo heads and other big-game trophies across the world still have options available, even as Delta Air Lines, American Airlines and Air Canada announced this week that they will no longer allow such cargo on their planes.Read full article ...
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Naomi Klein: Obama Is Beginning to Sound Like a Climate Leader; When Will He Act Like One? 4.8.2015 Truthout - All Articles
As scientists warn 2015 is on pace to become the Earth's hottest year on record, President Obama has unveiled his long-awaited plan to slash carbon emissions from U.S. power plants. Under new Environmental Protection Agency regulations, U.S. power plants will be required to cut emissions by 32 percent from 2005 levels by 2030. In addition, new power plants will be required to be far cleaner, which could effectively prevent any new coal plants from opening. But does the plan go far enough? We speak to Naomi Klein, author of the best-selling book, This Changes Everything: Capitalism vs. the Climate, which is out in paperback today. TRANSCRIPT: NERMEEN SHAIKH: As scientists warn 2015 is on pace to become the Earth's hottest year on record, President Obama has unveiled his long-awaited plan to slash carbon emissions from U.S. power plants. During a speech at the White House, Obama said no challenge poses a greater threat to future generations than a changing climate. PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA: Climate change is ...
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Obama’s Climate Change Plan Is Actually About Public Health 4.8.2015 Wired Top Stories
The plan will drastically reduce America’s reliance on coal-fired power plants, the country’s biggest source of carbon ...
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5 Ways Obama's Successor Could Undermine His New Climate Rules 4.8.2015 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
The Republican presidential candidates gathering in Cleveland for  Thursday's debate  are sure to get questions about the Affordable Care Act, Planned Parenthood, and immigration. All of those issues deserve attention. But maybe the first question should be about President Barack Obama’s latest effort to slow climate change. The Environmental Protection Agency  on Monday released a final version  of new regulations designed to limit greenhouse gas emissions from existing power plants. Technically, the regulations are part of the Clean Air Act, which became law in the 1970s and gives the federal government broad powers to regulate pollutants that threaten public health. The new regulations call upon states to devise plans that cut down on carbon output from power plants -- which, in practice, could mean anything from shutting down aging coal-fired generators to creating multi-state markets for trading pollution permits. States must produce their plans by 2018, and begin making cuts by 2020. In states ...
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Climate plan foes prepped for battle 4.8.2015 Seattle Times: Local
Move to fight Obama’s new environmental regulations was shaped many months ago by Republican strategists, coal states and lobbyists.
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Foes of clean-air rule plan multiple-front battle 4.8.2015 Washington Post
Opponents of the Obama ­administration’s Clean Power Plan prepared Monday for all-out war against the carbon-cutting regulation, blasting the measure publicly while accelerating behind-the-scenes efforts to stop its implementation.Read full article ...
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Colorado AG Coffman may fight Obama's Clean Power Plan 4.8.2015 Denver Post: All Political News
Colorado may fight the Clean Power Plan that President Obama unveiled Monday. Attorney General Cynthia Coffman said the plan "raises significant concerns for Colorado" and that she's considering
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The U.S. Quietly Expands Its Mission in Syria 4.8.2015 Yahoo: Politics

The U.S. Quietly Expands Its Mission in SyriaOn September 16, 2014, there was a brief exchange regarding the nascent war against the self-declared Islamic State—totally unnoticed at the time—between the chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee and the secretary of defense:


After the killing of Cecil the lion, Delta Air Lines says it won't ship hunting trophies 4.8.2015 LA Times: Commentary
Delta Air Lines on Monday became the latest airline to ban shipping trophies by hunters who want to bring home lion or elephant heads as proof of their conquest. The airline's action comes after worldwide condemnation that began after an American dentist killed the beloved Cecil the lion during...
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That's Life 4.8.2015 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
It was a shock to learn that the life expectancy of Beijing, China's residents (pegged at 81) exceeds that of Washington D.C. inhabitants by several years. Having some familiarity with both cities, I found it unfathomable that Beijing, with its pervasive thick smog was a healthier place than our nation's capital. Washington, after all, benefits from the absence of pollutant-spewing heavy industry in its vicinity. Such a configuration gives its air quality a leg up on that of most other cities. Anti-regulatory conservative circles in this country seemed not to be at all distressed about the Chinese life expectancy anomaly. In fact, a conservative pundit named Steve Milloy gleefully seized upon the Washington life expectancy comparison. In a Washington Times op-ed, he trumpeted the contrast as evidence that the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) was overregulating air pollution (to the detriment of the economy). Conservative bombast notwithstanding, there had to be a catch to what appears to be a ...
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U.S. Clean Power Plan: Game-Changer for Curbing Climate Change 4.8.2015 Switchboard, from NRDC
Susan Casey-Lefkowitz, Director of Programs, Washington, D.C.: On August 3, President Obama announced the first national limits on carbon pollution from power plants under the Clean Air Act. Laid out in the Clean Power Plan, the new limits are a game-changer that will give a big...
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U.S. Clean Power Plan: Game-Changer for Curbing Climate Change 4.8.2015 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
On August 3, President Obama announced the first national limits on carbon pollution from power plants under the Clean Air Act. Laid out in the Clean Power Plan, the new limits are a game-changer that will give a big boost to state efforts to tackle climate change through clean energy solutions. President Obama in a video announcing the Clean Power Plan said, "We can't condemn our kids and grandkids to a planet that's beyond fixing. Climate change is not a problem for another generation. Not anymore." This is the biggest single step our nation can take to fight climate change right now. It is historic. It is achievable. And it is time. Climate change is already supercharging extreme weather in our communities. Several Western states remain in the grip of severe or extreme drought , costing farmers billions of dollars . And East Coast officials issued heat advisories and air quality alerts when temperatures soared last week and increased the risk of asthma attacks and other health problems, especially for ...
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Obama gets tough on emissions 3.8.2015 Terrorism
Yahoo News takes a closer look at President Barack Obama’s toughest plan yet to combat climate ...
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Busted: 3 myths about Obama's climate plan 3.8.2015 CNN: Top Stories
On Sunday morning, President Obama released a video "memo to America." It pointed to droughts, super-storms and increases in asthma as evidence that climate change is not just a problem for future generations, but our own.
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Hillary Clinton Is Right on Climate Change and the New York Times Is Wrong 3.8.2015 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
Last week, presidential candidate Hillary Clinton detailed her positions on energy and climate change, setting the goal of generating 33 percent of America's electricity from renewable sources by 2027. While I believe we can do better than that, her goal would create momentum toward the transition to a renewable and sustainable economy and is worth pursuing. She would use tax incentives and other federal authorities to promote renewable energy. Clinton also supports the Obama Administration's effort to regulate greenhouse gases as pollutants under the Clean Air Act. I assume she will continue to support the more stringent policy announced by the President today. In the New York Times story describing Clinton's climate plan, Trip Gabriel and Coral Davenport reported that: Mrs. Clinton's campaign chairman, John Podesta, was the architect of Mr. Obama's signature climate change policy, a set of E.P.A. regulations to cut carbon emissions from power plants. Mrs. Clinton's new plan appears explicitly designed ...
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7 Middle East Contradictions in Search of a Strategy 3.8.2015 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
The first test of a foreign policy's coherence is whether its actions and declarations meet the standard of elementary logic. There is abundant evidence that American policies in the Middle East fail that test. Let us look at several examples of manifest contradiction that will provide the basis for specifying what are the requirements for achieving greater coherence. CONTRADICTION 1 The primary objective of the United States' engagements in the region is to blunt the drive of ISIL and eventually to eliminate it. This has been stated repeatedly by President Obama. Success depends on a multi-pronged strategy that includes a political and ideological dimension as well as a military one. There is no question, though, that the present imperative is to marshal military forces capable of repelling ISIL. They must include ground troops - "boots on the ground." Since Washington has ruled out the deployment of American combat soldiers, local forces in adequate numbers and ability are needed. Yet, the Obama White ...
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Hillary Clinton is Right on Climate Change and the New York Times is Wrong 3.8.2015 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
Last week, Presidential candidate Hillary Clinton detailed her positions on energy and climate change, setting the goal of generating 33% of America's electricity from renewable sources by 2027. While I believe we can do better than that, her goal would create momentum toward the transition to a renewable and sustainable economy and is worth pursuing. She would use tax incentives and other federal authorities to promote renewable energy. Clinton also supports the Obama Administration's effort to regulate greenhouse gases as pollutants under the Clean Air Act. I assume she will continue to support the more stringent policy announced by the President today. In the New York Times story describing Clinton's climate plan, Trip Gabriel and Coral Davenport reported that: Mrs. Clinton's campaign chairman, John Podesta, was the architect of Mr. Obama's signature climate change policy, a set of E.P.A. regulations to cut carbon emissions from power plants. Mrs. Clinton's new plan appears explicitly designed to ...
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