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Barack Obama on climate, equity and overconsumption 26.11.2019 Small Business | GreenBiz.com
The former president opens up about the urgency of the crisis and what he sees as the disconnect between our stated values and our actions.
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Bipartisan group of former federal CSOs has some advice for President Trump 13.4.2017 Resource Efficiency | GreenBiz.com
With the fate of federal sustainability initiatives up in the air, former advisers to Presidents Clinton, G.W. Bush and Obama offer their perspective on why the new administration should build on decades of progress.
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What Trump Can and Can't Do to Reverse President Obama's Arctic Protections 16.2.2017 Truthout - All Articles
In the first month of his presidency, Donald Trump has issued  a flurry of executive orders and memos  seeking to make his dystopian vision for the future of America a reality. But despite his promises to double down on fossil fuels, we haven't yet heard anything from the Trump administration on Arctic oil drilling. But wait, you might be asking, didn't President Obama protect the US Arctic permanently in November? Can Trump undo something permanent? Here's what you need to know. First, let's revisit exactly what President Obama did to protect the Arctic Ocean. Most importantly, Obama used his presidential authority under the Outer Continental Shelf Lands Act (OCSLA) to permanently withdraw  much of the Chukchi and Beaufort Seas  from oil and gas leasing. These areas can no longer be considered for oil and gas leasing -- ever. However, he did leave an area of the the Beaufort Sea open, the specific area where oil is most likely to be found. And of course, oil drilling still continues on land on Alaska's ...
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Obama's Environmental Legacy: A Reflection 22.1.2017 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
The presidential inauguration of Donald Trump is a good time to reflect on President Barack Obama’s work on the environment as the 44th President of the United States of America. Although President Obama was slow in pushing through environmental legislation during his first term (2008-2012), the administration seemed to be quietly laying down the foundation for future measures and overall, the past eight years have been a success for sustainability. President Obama’s second term (2012-2016) was exemplary, as he dedicated much of his time and effort to environmental causes, often in the face of resistance and push back from powerful lobbyists and representatives on Capitol Hill. Climate change became a priority for the president in his last two years and we can safely say that President Obama will leave a strong environmental legacy, regardless of his successor’s plans. And even though many of us are fearful of the next president withdrawing from and overturning these accomplishments, we can take comfort ...
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Yes We Did: The Fight For Clean Air And Water, Clean Energy, And The Climate During The Obama Administration 20.1.2017 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
On President Obama’s final day in office, here’s something I’m incredibly thankful for ― our air and water are a lot cleaner and safer than they were eight years ago, and we still have a fighting chance to turn the corner on climate change, thanks to the leadership of the Obama Administration and the hard work of grassroots community leaders in all 50 states. It might be your son or daughter, your mother or grandmother who is healthier today thanks to this progress. By tackling pollution from coal power plants, we’ve prevented tens of thousands of premature deaths and hundreds of thousands of asthma attacks. We’ve reduced the level of dangerous mercury pollution in our seafood. We’ve ushered in the era of clean, renewable energy . This is the progress we will be fighting for, and working to advance, over the next four years. Most Americans would be surprised to learn that, until this decade, the coal industry enjoyed a free pass from many of our nation’s most basic protections from pollution. For years, ...
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In the final days, our POC-in-chief delivers 13.1.2017 High Country News Most Recent
Obama’s monument designations set a blueprint for diversity and inclusion in federal public lands.
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Americans Approve Of Barack Obama's Legacy But Don't Necessarily Want To See It Continue 13.1.2017 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
As President Barack Obama concludes his time in office, his most immediate legacy is a paradox. Obama’s approval rating, which languished in the mid-40s during much of his tenure, soared during the tumult of the 2016 presidential campaign. He will leave office with an average approval rating of just over 55 percent, according to HuffPost Pollster’s aggregate . The high ratings may be a sign that, in the final months of his presidency, Obama is also finally receiving some of the credit he’s long felt he deserved for his handling of the economy. Opinions of his economic policies have improved in the final months of his presidency, with his numbers on the issue back above water for the first time since 2009. But Americans’ positive opinion of the president didn’t translate into an argument for electing a Democratic successor, nor does there seem to be much desire to maintain his legacy. Eight years after Obama ran for office on a slogan of “change we can believe in,” the nation is still keen on trying ...
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Barack Obama Failed To Get A New Climate Law, But His Legacy Might Be Stronger Because Of It 11.1.2017 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
This piece is part of a series on Obama’s legacy that The Huffington Post will be publishing over the next week. Read other pieces in the series here . WASHINGTON ― President Barack Obama could not convince Congress to send him new legislation to combat greenhouse gas emissions. But his legacy of fighting climate change might have more staying power because of that. Congressional Democrats did try to pass a climate bill. The American Clean Energy and Security Act, from Reps. Henry Waxman (D-Calif.) and Ed Markey (D-Mass.), passed the House on June 26, 2009  after a brutal fight. The Waxman-Markey bill would have put an economy-wide limit on carbon pollution and created a system for buying and selling pollution credits — a policy called cap-and-trade. But the legislation  sputtered out in the Senate , where even many Democrats showed little enthusiasm for it. There was plenty of finger-pointing at the time — at Obama for not pushing harder on the bill or giving it the same priority as the health care ...
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Youth Delivers 62,000 Care2 Petition Signatures in Support of Climate Lawsuit to White House Urging Obama to “Leave a Legacy of Truth” 10.1.2017 Commondreams.org Newswire
Our Children's Trust Today, Victoria Barrett, 17, will send more than 62,000 Care2 petition signatures in support of her climate lawsuit to the White House. Victoria is one of 21 young people suing President Obama, and several federal agencies, for the government’s actions that have caused carbon pollution, climate destabilization, for the resulting violations of the youths’ constitutional rights, and to secure immediate science-based climate recovery action at the federal level. On January 13, the federal government must Answer the youths’ ...
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25 Smears, Hoaxes, Grifts and Whoppers on Climate and the Environment in the Obama Era 8.1.2017 Commondreams.org Views
Peter Dykstra

As the curtain comes down on Barack Obama’s eight years in the White House, most Americans seemed convinced of one of two things: We’re either about to Make America Great Again®, or we’re about to hurtle into an uncertain epoch that I like to call the Idiocene.

But before we turn the page on this administration let’s take a look back at the tall tales, regrettable pronouncements, farces and scams on climate and the environment during the Obama years. Anti-regulatory zealots led the pack, but President Obama contributed a few of his own – starting on his first full day in office:

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President Obama Denies All Pending Permits for Seismic Airgun Blasting in Atlantic Ocean 6.1.2017 Commondreams.org Newswire
Oceana Today, the Obama administration formally denied all pending permits to conduct seismic airgun blasting in the Atlantic Ocean. Seismic airgun blasting , an extremely loud and dangerous process used to search for oil and gas deposits deep below the ocean’s surface, was originally proposed in an area twice the size of California, stretching from Delaware to ...
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Will Obama's Offshore Drilling Ban Be Trumped? 4.1.2017 Truthout.com
Kelp forests in the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary support many marine species. (Photo: Chad King / NOAA ) President Obama gave environmental advocates a Christmas present when he announced in late December that he was  banning oil and gas drilling  in huge swaths of the Arctic and Atlantic oceans. This action "indefinitely" protects almost 120 million acres of ecologically important and highly sensitive marine environments from the risks of oil spills and other industrial impacts. President Obama acted boldly to conserve important ecological resources and solidify his environmental legacy. But by making creative use of an obscure provision of a 1953 law, Obama ignited a legal and political firestorm.  Republicans and oil industry trade groups are threatening to challenge the ban in court or through legislation. They also contend that the Trump administration  can act directly  to reverse it. But a close reading of the law suggests that it could be difficult to undo Obama's sweeping act. The ...
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Obama’s lasting legacies in the West 26.12.2016 High Country News Most Recent
Under the 44th president, the West re-examined its relationship to energy and the climate.
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Through the years: Here’s what to read on Obama’s presidency 22.12.2016 High Country News Most Recent
High Country News stories show how Obama wrangled the West.
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President Obama Permanently Protects Important Areas of Atlantic Ocean from Offshore Drilling 21.12.2016 Commondreams.org Newswire
Oceana Today, the Obama administration moved to permanently protect important areas of the Atlantic Ocean from offshore drilling . Using his authority under section 12(a) of the Outer Continental Shelf Lands Act, President Obama is withdrawing 3.8 million acres in the north and mid-Atlantic Ocean from future mineral extraction, protecting 31 canyons that extend from Heezen Canyon offshore New England to Norfolk Canyon offshore of the Chesapeake ...
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Preserving America's Landscape, An Obama Legacy 8.12.2016 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
The National Park Service is a proud protector of America's lands. Preserving our land not only safeguards the environment, but it also protects the stories, cultures, and histories of our ancestors. As we face the increasingly dire consequences of climate change, it is imperative that we continue to expand America's protected lands under the oversight of the National Park Service. Doing so combats climate change and allows all American's to visit, explore, and learn from these treasured places for generations to come. It is critical that President Obama acts swiftly to preserve land that is at risk of external threats before the end of his term as it has become blatantly clear that the next administration will not hold the same value for our environment over the next four years. This year marked the 100th anniversary of the National Park Service. On the eve of their 100th birthday, President Obama marked the occasion by designating Katahdin Woods and Waters a National Monument. Located in Maine, this ...
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34 Leading Scientists to President Obama: The Arctic Must be Permanently Protected from Drilling 29.11.2016 Commondreams.org Newswire
Earthjustice Nearly three dozen leading scientists, including officials with the federal government during the Obama administration – are asking President Barack Obama to permanently protect the Arctic region from offshore drilling and exploration.  The letter to President Obama is available online at: http://earthjustice.org/sites/default/files/files/Letter-Obama-Arctic-oil-gas-Ragen-Scientists.pdf ...
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President Obama Says No New Drilling in the Arctic, Leaves the Gulf of Mexico Vulnerable 23.11.2016 Truthout.com
Oil pollution from the Deepwater Horizon disaster is burned in the Gulf of Mexico on June 9, 2010. (Photo: Deepwater Horizon Response ) Late last week, the Obama administration elected to protect the Arctic Ocean from offshore oil drilling while expanding drilling in the Gulf of Mexico, counter to the demands of the growing Gulf South climate justice movement. As Greenpeace Executive Director  Annie Leonard wrote in response , "We join Alaskan communities in praising this decision. And Greenpeace stands in solidarity with our brothers and sisters in the Gulf South, who have for too long seen their lands, homes, waters, and health sacrificed to the oil and gas industry." Powerful response to Obama's 5 Year Offshore Drilling Plan https://t.co/ffvgilSKUf #ArctictoGulfSolidarity #NoNewLeases #IndigenousRising — marynicol (@marynicol) November 19, 2016 President Obama's decision removed proposed lease sales in the Chukchi and Beaufort Seas from the  2017-2022 Five Year Program , which is the federal ...
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What Standing Rock Needs Obama to Do Quickly—Before Trump Takes Over 21.11.2016 Commondreams.org Views
Tom Goldtooth, Annie Leonard

With Donald Trump’s presidency on the horizon, it is now more important than ever for President Obama to stop the $3.7 billion Dakota Access pipeline, which is slated to carry 470,000 barrels of Bakken crude oil per day, with a growth potential of up to 570,000 barrels. It is the only solution that truly respects the treaty rights of the Standing Rock Sioux, protects the tribe’s sacred areas, defends the water of life, and takes into account the pipeline’s devastating climate impacts.

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Standing Rock Chair: Obama Could Stop the Dakota Pipeline Today & Preserve Indigenous Sacred Sites 3.11.2016 Democracy Now!
President Obama says the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is considering rerouting the $3.8 billion Dakota Access pipeline, amid months of resistance from the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe and members of more than 200 other Native American nations and tribes from across the Americas. "My view is that there is a way for us to accommodate sacred lands of Native Americans," Obama said. "And I think that right now the Army Corps is examining whether there are ways to reroute this pipeline in a way." Meanwhile, on Wednesday, police deployed pepper spray and tear gas against dozens of Native American water protectors during a standoff at Cantapeta Creek, north of the main resistance camp. At least two people were shot with nonlethal projectiles. Video and photos show police firing the pepper spray and tear gas at the water protectors, who were peacefully standing in the creek. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers had ordered police to arrest the Native Americans and destroy a bridge that members of the camp had ...
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