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Gulf states reach $18.7B settlement with BP over oil spill 2.7.2015 Chicago Tribune: Nation
BP and five Gulf states announced a massive settlement Thursday that resolves years of legal fighting over the environmental and economic damage done by the energy giant's oil spill in ...
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BP reaches $18.7-billion agreement to settle Gulf of Mexico oil spill 2.7.2015 LA Times: Commentary
BP has reached an $18.7-billion settlement with federal, state and local governments that resolves years of litigation over the 2010 oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.
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Brazil-U.S. Announcement puts Brazil on the Path for Strong Climate Commitment before Paris 1.7.2015 Switchboard, from NRDC
Amanda Maxwell, Latin America Advocate, Washington, DC: "As major economies, the United States and Brazil will continue to lead in the fight against climate change. Since 2005, our two nations have reduced carbon emissions more than any other countries in the world." - President Obama "Climate change...
Climate top item for Obama sit-down with Brazil leader 29.6.2015 Yahoo: Top Stories
WASHINGTON (AP) — The issue of climate change and steps to slow its progress are expected to dominate the agenda when President Barack Obama and Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff meet at the White House, but the leaders will also be striving to show they've smoothed things over following revelations that Brazil was a target of American spy ...
Celebration Day at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce? A Debate on Who Benefits from the TPP 24.6.2015 Democracy Now!
The Senate is expected to vote today to give President Obama "fast-track" trade negotiating authority to speed up new trade deals, including the TPP, the Trans-Pacific Partnership. The secretive TPP deal involves 12 countries and nearly 40 percent of the global economy. On Tuesday, the Senate voted 60 to 37 to end debate on the measure, setting up today's final vote. President Obama has made the TPP one of his top priorities in his final term, aligning himself with the Republican leadership despite strong opposition to the deal from some of his traditional allies, including labor unions, environmentalists and consumer groups. In the end, 13 Democrats sided with Republicans to give Obama the fast-track authority. We host a debate between Robert Weissman, president of Public Citizen, and Bill Watson, trade policy analyst at the Cato Institute.
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Celebration Day at the US Chamber of Commerce? A Debate on Who Benefits From the TPP 24.6.2015 Truthout - All Articles
The Senate is expected to vote today to give President Obama "fast-track" trade negotiating authority to speed up new trade deals, including the TPP, the Trans-Pacific Partnership. The secretive TPP deal involves 12 countries and nearly 40 percent of the global economy. On Tuesday, the Senate voted 60 to 37 to end debate on the measure, setting up today’s final vote. President Obama has made the TPP one of his top priorities in his final term, aligning himself with the Republican leadership despite strong opposition to the deal from some of his traditional allies, including labor unions, environmentalists and consumer groups. In the end, 13 Democrats sided with Republicans to give Obama the fast-track authority. We host a debate between Robert Weissman, president of Public Citizen, and Bill Watson, trade policy analyst at the Cato Institute. TRANSCRIPT: JUAN GONZÁLEZ: The Senate is expected to vote today to give President Obama fast-track trade-negotiating authority to speed up new trade deals, including ...
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Some say President Obama's Palm Springs golf outing sends wrong message 22.6.2015 Chicago Tribune: Nation
After two days of fundraising in Los Angeles and San Francisco, President Obama decamped to Palm Springs over the weekend to do what many others do in the desert resort community: play ...
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Some say President Obama's Palm Springs golf outing sends wrong message 22.6.2015 LA Times: Environment
After two days of fundraising in Los Angeles and San Francisco, President Obama decamped to Palm Springs over the weekend to do what many others do in the desert resort community: play golf.
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Trade pitch fails to sway greens 17.6.2015 Durango Herald
WASHINGTON – President Barack Obama has made environmental safeguards one of the selling points of the Trans-Pacific Partnership. But environmental groups aren’t buying.The influential environmental groups – a key part of the effort to rally the Democratic base against the fast-track bill for trade talks –...
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The Daily 202: Jeb downplays shakeup — Obama sending more troops to Iraq — Hastert gets new lawyer — W.H. behind filibuster strategy — Watch Roberts on marriage 10.6.2015 Washington Post
THE BIG IDEA:Ted Cruz would spend his first 100 days as president doing whatever it takes to stop Iran, undoing Barack Obama’s executive orders and spending his political capital on getting a flatter tax code. The Texas senator gave a wide-ranging interview Tuesday to The Daily 202, a newsletter for the influential that is debuting this morning as part of PowerPost, a fresh web site within The Washington Post focusing on the intersection of politics and policy. We’re really excited to have you here with us on the ground floor. Here are some highlights from our conversation with Cruz about how he’d govern if he actually won; we’ll excerpt interviews with other leading presidential candidates over the coming days on the same subject.Read full article ...
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G-7 Nations Agree to Phase Out Fossil Fuels by 2100 9.6.2015 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
The heads of the G-7 leading industrial nations agreed to “decarbonize the global economy in the course of this century” at their meeting this week in Germany. German Chancellor Angela Merkel announced that the G-7 countries would phase out the use of fossil fuels by 2100, The Guardian reports . U.S. News & World Report noted that leaders agreed to focus on the goal of limiting global warming to no more than 2 degrees Celsius. The agreement comes as climate negotiators are also meeting in Bonn, Germany, to continue work toward an international climate agreement. The 2-degree target has already been stated in the course of those negotiations, but was reaffirmed in the G-7 meeting, which included the leaders of some of the world's largest economies. The G-7 comprises the United States, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan and the United Kingdom. As the BBC notes , the G-7 agreement on fossil fuels is not legally binding, but does "send a clear message to investors that in the long term economies will have ...
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G-7 set far-off goal to move away from fossil fuels 8.6.2015 Seattle Times: Nation & World
ELMAU, Germany (AP) — The world should move away from using fossil fuels by the end of this century, G-7 leaders announced Monday, setting an ambitious but distant goal ahead of a global summit on climate change this year. The leaders of seven wealthy democracies also warned Russia that sanctions imposed for its actions against […]
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Obama and Oil 2.6.2015 Commondreams.org Views
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Obama and Oil 2.6.2015 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
President Obama must wonder whether someone is trying to tell him something. On March 31, 2010, he announced an expansion of offshore oil and gas exploration, putting his faith in "new technologies that reduce the impact of oil exploration." Just 20 days later, the Deepwater Horizon blowout became the worst environmental disaster in U.S. history. Then, last month, with the ink scarcely dry on his administration's initial approval of Shell's plans to drill in the Arctic, more than 100,000 gallons of crude oil fouled the California coastline off Refugio State Beach, raising memories of the disastrous 1969 Santa Barbara spill that helped drive the first Earth Day a year later. There's no good place for an oil spill, but the Santa Barbara Channel is an especially bad one. Before the Spanish came, the Chumash people had their own name for Refugio Beach: Qasil (which means "beautiful"). The surf is often mild and palm trees dot the beach. One friend tells me he remembers body surfing there in the late ...
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TPP Reduces Human Trafficking and Child Labor to Misdemeanors 2.6.2015 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
Last week, President Obama's credibility on trade policy took another punch in the neck. For months, arguments in favor of the huge new trade deal, the Trans-Pacific Partnership have fallen flat with the public. His "hit parade of failed arguments" gives the deal an air of desperation . The overwhelming public impression is that TPP is written by and for corporate interests , and has little for workers, communities, or the environment. The President's best remaining pitch was his promise of strong enforceable standards for labor and the environment. Last week, that collapsed in a breath-taking display of cynicism. On May 8, President Obama went to Nike in Oregon , to insist that TPP would fix the broken promises of past trade deals going back to NAFTA. "It's the highest-standard, most progressive trade deal in history. It's got strong, enforceable provisions for workers, preventing things like child labor. It's got strong, enforceable provisions on the environment, ... And these are enforceable in the ...
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Upcoming Decision Could Wipe Out U.S. Commitment on Climate Change 29.5.2015 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
While President Obama has emerged as a strong leader on climate change, serious questions have been raised about his government's rush to ship coal overseas.  Late last year, President Obama stood with Chinese President Xi Jinping to reiterate their shared goal of aggressively tackling the issue of climate change. The official joint announcement in November offered strong and impressive-sounding language: The United States of America and the People’s Republic of China have a critical role to play in combating global climate change, one of the greatest threats facing humanity. The seriousness of the challenge calls upon the two sides to work constructively together for the common good. All this cooperation is of course very good, with the United States the largest per capita emitter of greenhouse gases and China with the largest overall volume of greenhouse gas emissions, it is imperative that these two countries in particular play a leadership role on tackling the issue of climate change. But there's a ...
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Why President Obama’s Pollinator Strategy Won’t Solve Bee Crisis 20.5.2015 Commondreams.org Views
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President Obama Highlights National Security Threats Posed by Climate Change 20.5.2015 NRDC: News/Media Center Feed
WASHINGTON (May 20, 2015) -- In a commencement address at the U.S. Coast Guard Academy, President Obama today reminded us that the threat of climate change does not stop at our borders and renewed his call to take strong and urgent actions to curb dangerous carbon pollution.
The Blame Game 20.5.2015 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
Last week, Ivy Ziedrich, a University of Nevada undergrad, confronted potential Republican presidential candidate Jeb Bush about his impolitic remarks blaming President Obama for the rise of the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS). Ms. Ziedrich instead placed the blame squarely on Jeb's brother, former President George W. Bush. While not incorrect, the reality, however, is that responsibility for the creation of ISIS does not rest with George W. Bush's alone. Given the dismal state of America's overall Middle East policy, there seems to be a need among politicians and citizens alike to apportion blame for this perceived failure. In light of the recent fall of the Iraqi city of Ramadi to ISIS, moreover, the specific issue of America's decades-long misadventure in Iraq has once again reared its ugly head for the American electorate to ponder, and the blame game has been initiated with all the vigor one can expect from a spectacle Theodore White has likened to the greatest source of human excitement ...
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Why Are We in the Middle East? 18.5.2015 Commondreams.org Views
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