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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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Obama aides downplay expectations for summit with Arab leaders 14.5.2015 L.A. Times - World News
President Obama's team is carefully ratcheting down expectations for his summit with Persian Gulf leaders Thursday as the three crown princes, two emirs and one deputy prime minister coming to the U.S. make it abundantly clear that they will not be neatly managed.
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President Obama Must Confront His Own Climate Denial 1.5.2015 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
Standing in the Florida Everglades during a record-breaking spring heat wave this April, President Barack Obama didn't mince words. "Climate change can no longer be denied," the president said. "And action can no longer be delayed." Days later, Secretary of State John Kerry joined his boss in criticizing climate denial and inaction. Kerry even called for a grassroots movement to give world leaders "the political will" needed to respond to the climate crisis. But climate denial takes many forms. Even as President Obama rightly deplores global warming's threats to human well-being and our planet's web of life , his administration is opening up more public lands for dirty fossil fuel production and weakening international efforts to cut planet-warming pollution. President Obama pushed every country going to this year's Paris climate talks to propose a greenhouse gas reduction goal. But then the president himself announced a weak national plan that scientists say just won't reduce our pollution enough to ...
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Coalition Ad Calls Upon President Obama to Save the Arctic, Protect Our Climate 28.4.2015 NRDC: News/Media Center Feed
WASHINGTON (April 28, 2015) – A broad coalition of environmental and native rights groups today placed a new full-page ad in USA Today calling on President Obama to stop Big Oil’s assault on the Arctic Ocean’s natural heritage and our climate – and instead, embrace a clean energy future.
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Obama: Save the Arctic, Save the Climate 28.4.2015 Switchboard, from NRDC
Franz Matzner, Director Beyond Oil Initiative , Washington, D.C.: Emboldened by a Congress now led by fossil fuel boosters, Big Oil--fronted by Shell--has redoubled a decades-long campaign to sink its drills into the Arctic Ocean, our last pristine ocean. And unless President Obama steps in to halt Shell's current...
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Obama: Save the Arctic, Save the Climate 28.4.2015 Switchboard, from NRDC
Franz Matzner, Director Beyond Oil Initiative , Washington, D.C.: Emboldened by a Congress now led by fossil fuel boosters, Big Oil--fronted by Shell--has redoubled a decades-long campaign to sink its drills into the Arctic Ocean, our last pristine ocean. And unless President Obama steps in to halt Shell's current...
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US to announce plans to reduce agricultural carbon emissions 23.4.2015 Yahoo: US National
DETROIT (AP) — Federal agricultural officials are planning to announce voluntary programs and initiatives for farmers, ranchers and foresters meant to build on President Barack Obama's efforts to combat global warming — and don't require congressional ...
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The Chamber Of Commerce Is Fighting Fiercely To Stop The Scourge Of Corporate Transparency 22.4.2015 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
WASHINGTON -- This spring, shareholders in more than 100 companies will introduce resolutions calling for greater disclosure of corporations' political and lobbying activity. Six major companies -- Dean Foods, Eastman Chemical, H&R Block, Marathon Oil, U.S. Steel and Valero Energy -- have already reached agreement with New York state Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli, who oversees the third largest pension fund in the nation, to adopt political spending disclosure policies in exchange for the comptroller's office withdrawing its resolutions. But don't consider that a sign that corporate America is learning to live with transparency. Over the past two years, three of the usual suspects -- the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, the Business Roundtable and the National Association of Manufacturers -- have joined together to try to discredit the purpose of disclosure policies and the advocates calling for them. Aided by the editorial page of The Wall Street Journal, the three big business groups have sought to undercut ...
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Restoring the Everglades During Climate Change Requires Continued Federal Commitment 22.4.2015 Commondreams.org Newswire
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EPA Chief Defends Forthcoming Fracking Study, Says It Will 'Add To' Dialogue 22.4.2015 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
WASHINGTON -- The Environmental Protection Agency is expected to release a much-anticipated draft study this spring that will examine whether hydraulic fracturing can contaminate ground water supplies. While the topic of hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, for natural gas has generated a lot of attention, it's not clear whether the agency's study will clear up any of the major lingering questions about the safety of the process. Fracking uses a high-pressure stream of water, sand and chemicals to tap into oil and gas reserves in rock formations, and has become increasingly common in recent years in many parts of the United States. There are a number of indications that the EPA's study will not resolve many of the key concerns communities have raised about fracking's impact on the safety of their drinking water supplies. As InsideClimate News reported last month , the agency's ability to gather data has been limited, due to both resistance from the oil and gas industry and legal limitations on the ...
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No Room for Business as Usual at the Summit of the Americas 20.4.2015 Commondreams.org Views
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Restoration Groups Call on President Obama to Make Leadership on Gulf Restoration a Priority Issue 17.4.2015 Main Feed - Environmental Defense
Elizabeth Van Cleve, Environmental Defense Fund, 202.553.2543,  evancleve@edf.org Emily Guidry Schatzel, National Wildlife Federation, 225.253.9781, schatzele@nwf.org Jacques Hebert, National Audubon Society, 504.264.6849, jhebert@audubon.org Andrew Blejwas, The Nature Conservancy, 617.785.7047,  ablejwas@tnc.org Rachel Guillory, Ocean Conservancy, 504.208.5816,  rguillory@oceanconservancy.org RESTORATION GROUPS CALL ON PRESIDENT OBAMA TO MAKE LEADERSHIP ON GULF RESTORATION A PRIORITY ISSUE Five years after the start of the Deepwater Horizon oil disaster, nation’s largest environmental groups ask the President to accelerate restoration before start of another hurricane season (Washington, D.C. – April 17, 2015) Today, groups working on Gulf restoration called on President Obama to redouble the administration’s efforts to hold BP accountable for the oil disaster that started five years ago – and continued for nearly 90 days – making it the largest oil spill in U.S. history. The groups, including ...
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Restoration Groups Call on President Obama to Make Leadership on Gulf Restoration a Priority Issue 17.4.2015 Main Feed - Environmental Defense
Restoration Groups Call on President Obama to Make Leadership on Gulf Restoration a Priority Issue
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Coal Is Dying and It's Never Coming Back 14.4.2015 Mother Jones
Coal, the number-one cause of climate change, is dying. Last year saw a record number of coal plant retirements in the United States, and a study last week from Duke University found that since 2008, the coal industry shed nearly 50,000 jobs, while natural gas and renewable energy added four times that number. Even China, which produces and consumes more coal than the rest of the world put together, is expected to hit peak coal use within a decade, in order to meet its promise to President Barack Obama to reduce its carbon emissions starting in 2030. According to Senator Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.), this is all the fault of President Barack Obama's "war on coal"—specifically the administration's new limits for carbon dioxide emissions from power plants, which probably will force many power companies to burn less coal. If there is a war, McConnell has long been the field marshal of the defending army. His latest maneuver came last month when he called on state lawmakers to simply ignore the administration's ...
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Obama touts clean energy in bid to restore U.S. leadership in Caribbean 9.4.2015 Yahoo: Politics
By Matt Spetalnick KINGSTON (Reuters) - President Barack Obama met with Jamaica's prime minister on Thursday, announcing a major clean energy partnership ahead of a Caribbean summit where he hopes to reassert U.S. leadership in the region at time when oil-producing Venezuela's economic clout may be receding. The White House used the occasion to announce a major step towards healing its five-decades-old rift with Cuba, saying the State Department has completed a review of whether to remove the communist-ruled island from a state sponsors of terrorism list. The review has been forwarded to the White House, where it is being studied by policy aides before a formal recommendation. A green light for Havana's removal would open the door to the restoration of diplomatic relations between the United States and Cuba after 54 ...
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Why Obama Said Global Warming Gave His Daughter Asthma 9.4.2015 Wired Top Stories
The President wants new policies to fight global warming, and he's using his daughter's asthma to make them ...
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In Jamaica, Obama seeks to reassert U.S. leadership in Caribbean 9.4.2015 World
By Matt Spetalnick KINGSTON, Jamaica (Reuters) - President Barack Obama arrived in Jamaica on Wednesday to attend a Caribbean summit seeking to reassert U.S. leadership in the region at time when oil-producing Venezuela's economic clout may be receding. As the first U.S. president to visit Kingston since Ronald Reagan in 1982, Obama faces the challenge of convincing Caribbean island leaders that Washington is genuinely re-engaging after a long period of perceived neglect of its smaller, poorer ...
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