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Obama Takes A Swing At Keystone Pipeline 20.12.2014 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
President Barack Obama spoke on the Keystone XL pipeline during his last press conference of the year, saying the project would be "a nominal benefit" to consumers in the United States.

"The issue in Keystone is not American oil. It's Canadian oil," Obama said, noting the project would have "very little impact" on U.S. gas prices.

Obama said he wants to make sure the Keystone project wouldn't add to the threat of climate change.

The AP reports:

Obama has resisted efforts by Republicans to authorize the pipeline's construction. Incoming Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has said it would be the first bill taken up in the new GOP-controlled Senate.

Environmentalists have made opposition to its approval a priority.


This post has been updated with more from the AP.
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Not Just Public Lands: Defense Bill Also Incentivizes Fracked Gas Vehicles 19.12.2014 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
It means, as with electric vehicles, natural gas automobile manufacturers will now also receive financial credits under the new Corporate Average Fuel Economy standards introduced by President Obama in May 2009 . Introduced by Climate Denier Inhofe Inhofe called it a "bill that would incentivize the production and purchase of...natural gas vehicles (NGVs)" in a press release announcing its introduction . U.S. Sen. James Inhofe (R-OK); Photo Credit: Wikimedia Commons "The booming natural gas industry in America is delivering a cheap, domestic energy source for our homes and businesses, but this fuel source is being underutilized in our vehicles," said Inhofe . "I have introduced the Alternative Fuel Vehicle Development Act to help the rest of the nation tap into the benefits of using natural gas in vehicles." Though introduced at the beginning of the year, the bill did not advance  and had only one co-sponsor: U.S. Sen. Carl Levin (D-MI) , the soon-to-be-retired co-sponsor of the NDAA of 2015. Levin cited ...
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President Obama declares Alaska's Bristol Bay off limits to oil and gas leasing 17.12.2014 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
President Obama on Tuesday declared Bristol Bay "a beautiful natural wonder" and designated its salmon-rich waters indefinitely off limits for oil and gas leasing. Environmentalists say the move provides significant protection not just for the iconic Bristol Bay sockeye salmon, but for crab, herring, halibut and groundfish, including the lucrative pollock fishery. And salmon returning to the Yukon and Kuskokwim rivers pass through the waters that had been considered for drilling. "Hey, everybody," President Obama said in a videotaped message posted Tuesday on YouTube. "Earlier today I took action to make sure that one of America's greatest natural resources and a massive economic engine not only for Alaska but for America, Bristol Bay, is preserved for future generations." Some 40 percent of the nation's wild-caught seafood comes from Bristol Bay, and its waters have supported Alaska Native people for centuries, the president said. "It's something that's too precious for us to just be putting out to the ...
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Obama Bars Oil And Gas Development In Alaska's Bristol Bay 17.12.2014 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
WASHINGTON –- President Barack Obama announced new protections on Tuesday for Alaska's Bristol Bay, barring oil and gas development in the region. Obama said in a video Tuesday that he had issued a memorandum withdrawing the region from all future oil and gas lease sales. The region, he said, "is a beautiful, natural wonder and it's something that is too precious for us to be putting out to the highest bidder." The region is the source of 40 percent of the wild-caught fish in the United States, and its fishing industry generates $2 billion each year. The George W. Bush administration opened 5.6 million acres of the North Aleutian Basin for oil and gas leasing in 2007. In March 2010, Obama withdrew the area from offshore lease sales through 2017. Tuesday's announcement extends those protections indefinitely. Environmental, fishing, and native groups have been pushing for protections for the region for years. "Bristol Bay is a place where people have been working for many, many years to protect it from ...
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Obama Bars Oil and Gas Development In Alaska's Bristol Bay 17.12.2014 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
WASHINGTON –- President Barack Obama announced new protections on Tuesday for Alaska's Bristol Bay, barring oil and gas development in the region. Obama said in a video Tuesday that he had issued a memorandum withdrawing the region from all future oil and gas lease sales. The region, he said, "is a beautiful, natural wonder and it's something that is too precious for us to be putting out to the highest bidder." The region is the source of 40 percent of the wild-caught fish in the United States, and its fishing industry generates $2 billion each year. The George W. Bush administration opened 5.6 million acres of the North Aleutian Basin for oil and gas leasing in 2007. In March 2010, Obama withdrew the area from offshore lease sales through 2017. Tuesday's announcement extends those protections indefinitely. Environmental, fishing, and native groups have been pushing for protections for the region for years. "Bristol Bay is a place where people have been working for many, many years to protect it from ...
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Obama bars oil, gas drilling in Alaska haven 17.12.2014 Yahoo: Politics
President Barack Obama declared Alaska's ecologically rich Bristol Bay off-limits for oil and gas exploration on Tuesday, saying the move was necessary to safeguard the region's fishing and tourism industries. The area was being withdrawn from consideration for all future oil and gas leasing, extending indefinitely a temporary ban issued by Obama in 2010, a White House statement said. "I took action to make sure that one of America's greatest natural resources and a massive economic engine for not only Alaska but for America, Bristol Bay, is preserved for future generations," Obama said in a ...
Mitch McConnell Says Keystone XL Pipeline Will Top Senate Agenda Next Year 17.12.2014 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
WASHINGTON (AP) — Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell declared Tuesday that approving the Keystone XL pipeline will top the Senate agenda in January, potentially setting up an early veto confrontation with President Barack Obama. Congressional Republicans have been pushing for approval of the pipeline for years. Obama has resisted because of environmental concerns. "People want jobs and this project will create well-paying high-wage jobs for our people," McConnell told reporters. "We're optimistic we can pass it and put it on the president's desk." The $8 billion pipeline would carry oil from Canada into the United States and eventually to the Texas Gulf Coast. It has become a symbol for divisions over the country's energy and environmental policy. Environmentalists say the issue is a significant test of Obama's commitment to address climate change. Republicans and other supporters say the project would create jobs and promote energy security, reducing U.S. reliance on oil from the Middle East. The ...
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President Obama Earns "C" on Mountaintop Removal Mining Report Card 13.12.2014 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
There are now dozens of studies demonstrating that those who live in proximity to mountaintop removal mining operations face higher levels of cancer , birth defects and other health issues. (Photo courtesy of Ohio Valley Educational Cooperative) If you listened only to President Obama's critics in the coal industry and public officials from coal states, you'd probably think that environmentalists and others concerned by the many harmful impacts of coal and other carbon fuels would be well pleased with the administration. But, the fact is, for all the complaints from the coal industry about the Obama administration's supposed overreaching, there are many people who believe the president hasn't done nearly as much as he could, or should, to properly protect the people and environment of Appalachia from the effects of mountaintop removal mining. The Alliance for Appalachia recently released a Grassroots Progress Report highlighting both the successes and shortfalls on the part of the administration. Image ...
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Hillary Clinton: Protect Obama's Environmental Actions 2.12.2014 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
NEW YORK (AP) — Former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton said steps President Barack Obama has taken to help the environment must be protected at all costs. Clinton spoke Monday at a dinner of the League of Conservation Voters in New York as she weighs another presidential campaign. She told the audience that this is an exciting time for environmental issues, and mentioned steps like the agreement the U.S. reached with China a few weeks ago over cutting emissions. But she didn't make any reference to another high-profile issue, the Keystone XL pipeline. And before she attended the dinner, she was at a fundraiser for Democratic Sen. Mary Landrieu of Louisiana, who supports the project. Landrieu faces Republican Rep. Bill Cassidy in Saturday's runoff Senate election. Landrieu, who trails Cassidy in public polls, has been a vocal supporter of her home state's oil and gas industry and unsuccessfully sought Senate approval of the Keystone XL pipeline, which is proposed to run from Canada to Nebraska, ...
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President Obama Should Follow Bush Sr.'s Example and Green Light a Wilson Prosecution 25.11.2014 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
On March 22, 1991, a visibly shaken and angered President George H.W. Bush said he was "sickened and outraged" by what he saw on television. That was the beating of black motorist Rodney King by a swarm of LAPD cops. A year later, following the acquittal of four LAPD cops by a Simi Valley jury with no blacks on it, Bush ordered then-Attorney General William Barr to begin the process of slapping federal civil rights charges on the four officers. He issued a terse statement telling why "the verdict has left us all with a deep sense of personal frustration and anguish." He backed this up with a televised address on May 1 in which he strongly signaled that civil rights charges would be brought against them. Bush had one reason and one authority for ordering a prosecution. The authority was the string of federal criminal civil rights laws that specifically authorize the prosecution of police officers who blatantly violate the law by using deadly or excessive force against civilians. The reason was the often ...
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Tech, medical sectors mixed on Obama's immigration changes 24.11.2014 Yahoo: Politics
Nestled in President Barack Obama's plan to overhaul aspects of the US immigration system are tweaks to rules for high-skilled workers long frustrated with hurdles to getting work or residency approval. "I'll make it easier and faster for high-skilled immigrants, graduates and entrepreneurs to stay and contribute to our economy, as so many business leaders have proposed," the president said during an immigration speech Thursday. Silicon Valley had been hoping for action for high-skilled workers too, but many in the innovative sector felt the proposed changes fell short. "We appreciate President Obama's efforts to make minor incremental improvements to the high-skilled visa and STEM visa programs and look forward to seeing more details," said Consumer Electronics Association president and CEO Gary ...
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Current immigration laws hamstring U.S. economy, tech industry says 22.11.2014 L.A. Times - Technology News
The presidential orders on immigration Thursday night offered little relief to the nation’s technology industry, with company executives, venture capitalists and lobbyists expressing frustration that Congress hasn’t moved to improve the processes that would allow more highly skilled...
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A Poetic Exploration Of The Hunting Tradition In America's North 21.11.2014 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
Photographer Clare Benson comes from a long line of hunters. Growing up in northern Michigan, she remembers her father, now 82 years old, winning archery championships and reminiscing about his time as a hunting guide in the Alaskan wilderness. For her, the tradition of hunting -- and the rugged northern landscape that serves as its backdrop -- represents themes of memory and mortality, ones she's managed to weave in and out of her work for some time. Her series "The Shepard's Daughter" addresses her connection to hunting most directly. The images show Benson, her sister and her father trekking through snow-covered scenes, respectfully carrying the spoils of hunting trips past. She pointedly juxtaposes portraits of her family members lounging in contemplation with photographs of the animals they hunt, skin, cook and eat. Set in a vast world unfamiliar to most urban dwellers, Benson paints a picture of a hunting tradition we don't often encounter. The Shepherd's Daughter, 2012 The project, she explained ...
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Silicon Valley lukewarm to Obama's immigration reform moves 21.11.2014 LA Times: Business
SAN FRANCISCO — Technology leaders in Silicon Valley and the Southland collectively reacted to President Obama's national address with a shrug and a slight smile. But nobody's jumping for joy.
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Multiplying the Green Vespa effect 19.11.2014 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
On November 11th US President Barack Obama and Chinese President Xi Jinping announced a deal on carbon emissions . As part of the agreement, President Obama said the US would emit 26-28 percent less carbon in 2025 than it did in 2005. Some days afterwards (November 15th-16th) the G20 Leaders' summit gathered in Brisbane to discuss macroeconomic policies and the development of comprehensive national growth strategies aimed at strengthening the private-public partnership to enable productivity, growth, job creation and more welfare for all population. Initially unscheduled, the climate change talk was brought up to the Australian table where Mr. Obama announced that the US would be contributing to $3billion to the Green Climate Fund that aims to help developing nations cope with the effects of global warming. Two major climate change conferences will take place in Lima, Perù in December 2014 and in Paris, France in 2015 where negotiations are underway to develop a new international climate change ...
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18 Stunning India-Based Instagram Feeds You Should Be Following 19.11.2014 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
A photo posted by Subhash Chandra (@subhash_chandra) on Sep 9, 2014 at 7:34pm PDT 5. Hashim Badani: A self-described "chronicler of the mundane," Badani tends to shoot in and around Mumbai. Every once in a while though, the Lonely Planet contributor happens on somewhere completely surreal (see below). A photo posted by hashimbadani (@hashimbadani) on Nov 11, 2014 at 12:15am PDT 6. Siddhartha Joshi: This wandering photographer is another strong portraitist, whose subjects range from kids at play to the army men patrolling India's northern borders. A photo posted by Sid (@siddharthajoshi) on Aug 8, 2014 at 5:56am PDT A photo posted by Sid (@siddharthajoshi) on Oct 10, 2014 at 8:22am PDT 7. @my_mumbai: This popular feed features work by anyone who tags their photos #my_mumbai. The resulting account is sweeping, well-curated, and -- for anyone drawn to the world's densest locales -- undoubtedly worth a follow. A photo posted by #MyMumbai (@my_mumbai) on Oct 10, 2014 at 2:59am PDT A photo posted by #MyMumbai ...
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President Barack Obama vs. His Conscience: Why His Veto of the Keystone XL Pipeline Is a Symbol That Matters 19.11.2014 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
Fresh off his perceived victory at the G20 Summit and what's being heralded as great strides made with the Chinese Government on the drawing down of carbon emissions over the next several decades -- the president is looking into the fiery face of Keystone. The facts are in, the spin is in, the polls are in and the science -- to most -- is undeniable. These are not the issues anymore... The politicians on both sides of the aisle have chosen their masters and decided how they are going to justify their vote. In the case of the house, that happened yesterday. And newly minted Majority Leader Mitch McConnell declared with total certainty that moving forward on the XL pipeline is just "common "sense." A "shovel-ready jobs project" that will increase American energy and make virtually no impact to the changing climate. The Senate will vote later today, and right now, the bill is one vote away from either passage or failure. The environmental leaders, non-profits, think tanks, activists, journalists and ...
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The Clean Air Act and Climate Change: Where We've Been and Where We're Going 18.11.2014 Switchboard, from NRDC
David Doniger, Director, Climate and Clean Air Program, Washington, D.C.: On November 14th I had the honor of delivering the annual Fedder Lecture on Environmental Law at the University of Maryland’s Carey School of Law in Baltimore.  Here are my remarks: It’s a great pleasure to speak with you today...
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Naomi Klein: Reject Keystone XL Pipeline, We Need Radical Change to Prevent Catastrophic Warming 18.11.2014 Truthout - All Articles
House lawmakers passed legislation Friday to approve the Keystone XL oil pipeline to bring carbon-intensive tar sands oil from Alberta, Canada, to the Texas Gulf Coast. The Senate is expected to vote this week on a similar pro-Keystone bill backed by Louisiana Democratic Sen. Mary Landrieu. Landrieu is facing a tough battle to keep her seat in a runoff next month against Republican Rep. Bill Cassidy, who also happens to be the sponsor of the pro-Keystone bill in the House. Landrieu spoke last week about her support for Keystone. We speak to Naomi Klein, author of This Changes Everything: Capitalism vs. the Climate. TRANSCRIPT: This is a rush transcript. Copy may not be in its final form. JUAN GONZÁLEZ: House lawmakers passed legislation Friday to approve the Keystone XL pipeline. The pipeline would bring carbon-intensive tar sands oil from Alberta, Canada, to the Texas Gulf Coast. It has been in the works for more than six years amidst mass protests over its potential to accelerate climate change. The ...
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Obama, in latest climate move, pledges $3 billion for global fund 15.11.2014 Chicago Tribune: Nation
President Barack Obama on Friday pledged a $3 billion U.S. contribution to an international fund to help poor countries cope with the effects of climate change, putting the issue front and center of the G20 Leaders Summit in ...
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