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Trump rollback of Obama climate agenda may prove challenging 29.11.2016 Yahoo: Top Stories
WASHINGTON (AP) — Once sworn into office, Donald Trump will be in a strong position to dismantle some of President Barack Obama's efforts to reduce planet-warming carbon emissions. But experts say delivering on campaign pledges to abolish the Environmental Protection Agency and bring back tens of thousands of long-gone coal mining jobs will likely prove far more difficult for the new ...
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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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Look at All the Climate Change Deniers Vying for Jobs in the Trump Administration 19.11.2016 Mother Jones
Donald Trump is a global warming denier. He wants to "cancel" the Paris climate agreement and repeal the Clean Power Plan—the twin pillars of President Barack Obama's efforts to cut greenhouse gas emissions. He's even promised to revive the coal industry, against all odds . But Trump won't be able to do these things all by himself. To fulfill his campaign promise and reverse the steps of his predecessor in the fight against warming, he's going to need an entire administration of like-minded people. Environmental officials who reject climate science. National security officials who dismiss concerns that climate change will destabilize the world. Diplomats who oppose international climate agreements. Department heads who want to drill, baby, drill. Here's a list of Trump appointees and possible appointees (drawn for the New York Times , Politico , E&E , and elsewhere) who deny climate change or who oppose or want to roll back efforts to deal with it. We'll update the list as the Trump transition continues. ...
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Meet the new people California is sending to Congress 16.11.2016 LA Times: Commentary

Fresh off their wins last week, members-elect to the 115th Congress are in Washington this week for a crash course on what it means to be a representative.

California’s five incoming House members, and two potential colleagues in races too close to call, are attending two weeks of daylong briefings...

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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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President Obama Called on to Power Federal Buildings With Solar 26.10.2016 Commondreams.org Newswire

The Center for Biological Diversity today urged President Obama to lead by example in the transition to a clean, just energy economy by installing solar panels on all federal government buildings.

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WHERE THEY STAND: Clinton, Trump on the issues 23.10.2016 Seattle Times: Top stories

WASHINGTON (AP) — A look at where Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump stand on three dozen issues: ABORTION Persistent Republican-led efforts to restrict access to abortion and to curb government funding for Planned Parenthood have been hotly debated in Washington and in states. The issue will be shaped in some way by the next president […]
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WHERE THEY STAND: Clinton, Trump on the issues 23.10.2016 AP Politics
WASHINGTON (AP) -- A look at where Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump stand on three dozen issues:...
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Expanding the Debate: Ajamu Baraka Spars with Pence & Kaine in Democracy Now! Special - Part 2 5.10.2016 Democracy Now!
Vice-presidential candidates Virginia Senator Tim Kaine and Indiana Governor Mike Pence squared off Tuesday night at Longwood University in Farmville, Virginia, in the only vice-presidential debate, which was moderated by Elaine Quijano of CBS News. Third-party vice-presidential candidates were excluded from the debate. On Tuesday night, Democracy Now! aired a special "Expanding the Debate" broadcast, where we gave Green Party vice-presidential candidate Ajamu Baraka a chance to respond to the same questions in real time as the major candidates. We continue to broadcast parts of this expanded debate here.
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Unfinished Business: President Obama's Climate Legacy 21.9.2016 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
It's not fair. You could argue that we shouldn't even be having this conversation. It really isn't close. But with less than two months left in his presidency, there is an understandable interest in assessing President Obama's legacy, including on climate change. During his recent trip to China and the Pacific islands, the President continued to pile up climate-related achievements and was in full legacy mode in an extended segment with the New York Times . Can we get this, quite important, point out of the way: No US president has done more to advance the fight against climate change. By a long shot. Whether driving domestic policy through the Environmental Protection Agency as Congress dithered, or using his diplomatic powers to make climate change a legitimate top foreign policy issue, President Obama has elevated climate and clean energy as no president has before. Not the least of these accomplishments is moving quickly after December's Paris climate deal to mobilize countries to bring the agreement ...
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Green Groups to President Obama: Protect our Oceans and Climate 20.9.2016 Commondreams.org Newswire
Earthjustice Citing his recognition that “we’re going to have to keep some fossil fuels in the ground rather than burn them and release dangerous pollution into the sky,” leading national environmental organizations released a video and letter today urging President Obama to withdraw the U.S. Arctic and Atlantic oceans permanently from all future oil and gas ...
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Wildlife enforcers mobilize to try to save elephants 19.9.2016 Denver Post: News: Local
African elephants could go extinct within 12 years, the latest survey shows — an accelerating decline reflected in a grim trend here at the U.S. government's warehouse for confiscated animal parts: the size of tusks is shrinking.
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More Than 40 Frontline, Indigenous and Climate Leaders Occupy the Department of the Interior Headquarters to Demand President Obama End Fossil Fuel Lease Sales 16.9.2016 Commondreams.org Newswire
Center for Biological Diversity Several protesters were arrested this afternoon after more than 40 frontline, indigenous and climate leaders occupied the headquarters of the Department of the Interior to demand that President Obama end fossil fuel lease sales. The group just entered the lobby chanting “Keep it in the Ground.” The action highlights President Obama’s authority to stop leases sales of public lands and waters and to lock in half of the potential climate pollution from all remaining fossil fuels in the United ...
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'Keep it in the Ground' Movement Delivers 1 Million Signatures to the White House Calling for an End to New Federal Fossil Fuel Leasing 15.9.2016 Commondreams.org Newswire
Center for Biological Diversity Frontline, indigenous and climate leaders from across the country gathered at the White House today to deliver more than 1 million signatures calling on President Obama to stop fossil fuel lease sales on public lands and oceans. The event also marked the one-year growth of this campaign, part of the “Keep it in the Ground” movement, when more than 450 climate groups and leaders first called upon President Obama to take real climate action and end new fossil fuel ...
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A Historic Moment for New England: A Marine National Monument in the Atlantic! 15.9.2016 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
With Marine National Monument designation in the Atlantic, President Obama seals environmental legacy President Obama is making history today, announcing the designation of the Northeast Canyons and Seamounts Marine National Monument, which will become the only fully protected large marine area in the U.S. Atlantic Ocean. Until today, zero miles of the U.S. Atlantic were fully protected from the imminent threats of climate change and increasing industrial activity. The announcement comes just as the third annual Our Ocean Conference is held in Washington, DC, hosted by the U.S. State Department. Thanks to the president's use of the century-old Antiquities Act, ancient coral formations will no longer face potential ruin from commercial fishing activity, and diverse and pristine habitats will allow an abundance of marine life to thrive. It is a good day to be a New Englander. So much of our region's history is rooted in the ocean; so much of our economic success depends on a healthy ocean off our coast. ...
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President Obama: Pull the DAPL Permit, Do the Climate Test 9.9.2016 Truthout.com
Unless the courts stop DAPL, the fight needs to be taken right to President Obama's doorstep if he doesn't intervene quickly. He can stop this, or at least put it on hold while a climate evaluation is done. We should see DAPL as no different than Keystone XL, and treat it as such. #NoDapl protesters display a lighted sign at Sacred Rock camp in North Dakota on September 2, 2016. (Photo: Joe Brusky ) Bill McKibben, cofounder of 350.org, has suggested that we start naming major storms after companies that help create them. Instead of a headline like "Hurricane Sandy Slams Ashore," we would see "Hurricane Exxon Devastates Thousands, Kills 285." Perhaps we should also consider naming large-scale fossil fuel infrastructure projects after the politicians who allow them to be built. On July 25, the Army Corps of Engineers issued the final major permits needed to build the Dakota Access pipeline (DAPL). Exactly one week later, on August 1 , the White House issued new guidelines saying that any future projects ...
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The Daily 202: Did Obama squander an opportunity by nominating Merrick Garland? 9.9.2016 Washington Post: Politics
Another nominee might have motivated Democrats more
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China, U.S. join sweeping climate deal 7.9.2016 LA Times: Commentary

To the editor:  The agreement to make significant reductions in greenhouse gas emissions that President Obama signed with Chinese President Xi Jinping is an important step in motivating other nations to make similar commitments in order to reduce global warming and destructive climate change.

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