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Evan Bayh May Run For Governor Again 10.7.2014 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
Former Indiana Governor and Senator Evan Bayh (D) said he hasn't ruled out running for governor again in 2016. "I think it's less likely than more likely," Bayh told Howey Politics . "I haven’t ruled it out." Bayh, a Fox News contributor, wrote of his decision to retire from Congress in a 2010 New York Times op-ed in which he panned the "institutional and cultural impediments" of the Senate. Instead of going back to Indiana University's Kelley School of Business, where he lectured before winning his Senate seat, Bayh made a lucrative life for himself after Congress as a partner at the lobbying firm McGuireWoods , a senior advisor at Apollo Global Management and a member of the CIA's advisory board. Bayh currently has $9.8 million in his inactive campaign account. Bayh's potential opponent, Indiana Gov. Mike Pence (R), is seen as a prospective 2016 presidential ...
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Secret Trade Doc Calls For More Exports Of U.S. Oil And Gas To Europe 9.7.2014 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
WASHINGTON -- The European Union is making its desire to import more oil and natural gas from the United States very clear in the course of discussions over the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) trade deal, according to a new leaked document. The document, which The Washington Post first reported on Tuesday morning, shows the EU pressuring the U.S. to lift its ban on crude oil exports and make it easier to export natural gas to Europe. It's similar to another leaked paper The Huffington Post covered earlier this year . The previous paper dates back to September 2013; this new one is from May 27 . When asked by The Washington Post about the new document, the U.S. Trade Representative declined to comment and the Council of the European Union did not respond. In the latest paper from the EU, there is a more explicit emphasis on TTIP's role in "reinforcing the security of supply" of energy for the member countries. It points to the political situation in Ukraine, which became an ...
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White House takes over Cheesman Park for 2 days for President Barack Obama event 9.7.2014 Denver Post: News: Local
President Barack Obama at a rally in Denver's City Park in 2012. He had nearly a dozen rallies in Colorado during his reelection ...
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President Obama's Speech a Sign of Strength for Environmental Community 30.6.2014 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
President Obama's address at the League of Conservation Voters' annual Capital Dinner was a major milestone for our organization. But his speech was bigger than that. It was a symbol that the environmental community has emerged as a truly effective and significant force in the political process. As The New York Times recently noted , "major organizations like the Sierra Club and the Natural Resources Defense Council have strengthened their political operations and grass-roots networks, and they have raised and spent more money than ever before." Together, we're changing the politics of climate change and energy and putting the deniers on defense. The entire environmental community has seen some amazing wins in recent years despite oil and coal-backed groups pouring unprecedented resources into key races to try to defeat our allies and elect more climate change deniers. In 2012, the Koch Brothers alone pledged to spend $200 million to try and wipe environmental allies off the map. But together, we fought ...
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Barack Obama And The Rationale For Ecosystem Service Markets 27.6.2014 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
Share If there's one thing US President Barack Obama understands, it's the danger of sticker shock. "People don't like gas prices going up," he said on Wednesday. "They don't like electricity prices going up." He was addressing the League of Conservation Voters , and he went on to warn that environmentalists who ignore those rising prices do so at their own peril: "If we're blithe about saying [climate change] is the defining issue of our time, but we don't address people's legitimate economic concerns, then even if they are concerned about climate change, they may not support efforts to do something about it." It's a point well-taken, and one that's addressed in one of the longest-running environmental successes in the country, which the President also defended on Wednesday: the Clean Water Act: "We've got to dredge up that old tape of the Cuyahoga River on fire, and the Chicago River, and just remind people that this thing (the Clean Water Act) worked," he said. He could have added that "this thing ...
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Under President Obama's Climate Action Plan, a Year of Progress at EPA 25.6.2014 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
Climate change supercharges risks to our health, our economy, and our way of life. On behalf of our kids and future generations -- we have a moral obligation to act. That's why in June, President Obama unveiled his Climate Action Plan to cut the harmful carbon pollution fueling climate change, build a more resilient nation to face climate impacts today, and lead the world in our global climate fight. As part of the president's plan, he called on EPA to act. And over this past year, we've been answering that call. • In September, we proposed standards to limit carbon pollution from new power plants yet to be built. This past June, we proposed carbon pollution standards for existing power plants by laying out a Clean Power Plan. Both of our proposals were built from extensive outreach and advice from states, cities, industry and the public. We're continuing those crucial conversations on standards for existing plants throughout a 120-day comment period which closes on October 16, 2014. We plan to ...
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President Obama Establishes Task Force To Save Bees 22.6.2014 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
Honeybees are dying off , and now a team of environmental regulators has been tasked with determining why. On Friday, President Barack Obama announced plans for a task force to help save the bees . The team, which will be co-chaired by Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack and Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Gina McCarthy, will investigate the causes of bee losses and develop a strategy to promote the health of pollinators. In a memorandum released by the White House, the administration said: Honey bee pollination alone adds more than $15 billion in value to agricultural crops each year in the United States. Over the past few decades, there has been a significant loss of pollinators, including honey bees, native bees, birds, bats, and butterflies, from the environment. The problem is serious and requires immediate attention to ensure the sustainability of our food production systems, avoid additional economic impact on the agricultural sector, and protect the health of the environment. Since ...
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HUFFPOLLSTER: Voters Dislike Both Parties, Remain Split On Midterms 19.6.2014 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
President Obama gets increasingly negative marks for foreign policy, while voter preferences for the U.S. House remain closely divided. A new Republican polling/data firm emerges. And the debate over what went wrong with polling in Virginia's 7th District continues. This is HuffPollster for Wednesday, June 18, 2014. BROAD SUPPORT FOR EPA RULES, EVEN WITH OBAMA'S NAME ATTACHED - We reported earlier this month on a Post/ABC poll that found wide support for federal limits on greenhouse gas emissions, but cautioned that the survey didn't explicitly attach President Obama's name to the proposal. A new NBC/WSJ survey, however, opens its question with "President Obama has directed the Environmental Protection Agency…" and find. similar results. Ashley Alman: "Two-thirds of Americans back President Barack Obama's push to reduce carbon emissions from power plants. An NBC poll released Wednesday shows that 67 percent of Americans support Environmental Protection Agency rules released this month that will cut ...
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The Bush Doctrine Failed Twice: The Opportunity Costs of Two Gulf Wars 19.6.2014 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
The ISIS debacle in Iraq, which threatens to tear apart the war-fatigued nation, has become a political blood sport of blame and finger pointing. When has any hot subject lately not been politicized? Yet, it appears most of the barbs have been fired at President Obama. Why? Some it of might be justified, but most of them should be aimed at two of his predecessors: George H. W. Bush and his son George W. Bush -- presidents Nos. 41 and 43. During the First Gulf War, the elder President Bush had every opportunity and reason to put an end to Saddam Hussein's terrorist rule during the winter of 1991. Sure, he said the objective to the war was to liberate Kuwait and nothing more. But when Saddam unleashed a scorched earth assault on the environment early in the conflict, the dynamics of the war changed. Photo: Offshore Oil Platform [Credit: Thinkstock, purchased by author.] Fumbling a Secure Future For the first time in centuries, a nation should have been punished for the widespread ecological poison it ...
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President Obama addresses seafood fraud and illegal fishing 18.6.2014 Environmental News Network
This morning, President Barack Obama announced an initiative to tackle seafood fraud and illegal fishing in the United States. His announcement coincides with the Global "Our Ocean" conference convened by U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry. In President Obama's announcement, he referenced the negative financial repercussions of overfishing as one of the key reasons for the initiative.
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President Obama Announces Plan to Combat Seafood Fraud 18.6.2014 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
I love seafood -- from succulent scallops to salty anchovies, seafood is an increasingly popular meal in my own home and across the United States. Yet consumers searching for sustainable seafood will find very little information about the seafood they eat. Even worse, the information that is available is frequently misleading or fraudulent: recent studies by Oceana discovered that 33 percent of U.S. seafood Oceana tested was fraudulently labeled. That's why I was thrilled to hear President Obama announce his initiative to comprehensive federal program to combat seafood fraud and pirate fishing today, while attending the State Department's Our Ocean conference . The evening before the president's big announcement, I spoke to conference guests about how overfishing, illegal fishing, and seafood fraud threaten both the health of our oceans and our food supply. As a longtime ocean activist, I know that, without a doubt, tackling seafood fraud and illegal fishing is one of the most important things we can do ...
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Obama to create world's largest ocean preserve 17.6.2014 Seattle Times: Nation & World
President Barack Obama is looking to create the largest marine preserve in the world by protecting a massive stretch of the Pacific Ocean from drilling, fishing and other actions that could threaten wildlife, the White House said.
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Shaky stats fuel power plant debate 16.6.2014 Technology
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama's new pollution limits for power plants have set off an avalanche of information about what the rules will cost, how they will affect your health and how far they will go toward curbing climate ...
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Power plant debate prompts war of stats 16.6.2014 Yahoo: US National
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama's new pollution limits for power plants have set off an avalanche of information about what the rules will cost, how they will affect your health and how far they will go toward curbing climate ...
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Obama Bashes Climate Change Deniers 15.6.2014 CommonDreams.org Headlines
President Obama delivers the commencement address at the University of California, Irvine on Saturday, June 14. (Image: Screenshot)President Obama offered a new and impassioned speech centered around climate change on Saturday in which he asked graduating college students in California if they could "imagine a more worthy goal — a more worthy legacy — than protecting the world we leave to our ...
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Bashing Climate Deniers (Easy)... Adequate Climate Action (Hard) 15.6.2014 CommonDreams.org Headlines
President Obama delivers the commencement address at the University of California, Irvine on Saturday, June 14. (Image: Screenshot)President Obama offered a new and impassioned speech centered around climate change on Saturday in which he asked graduating college students in California if they could "imagine a more worthy goal — a more worthy legacy — than protecting the world we leave to our ...
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Obama's Lost Opportunity, and Ours 14.6.2014 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
President Obama's decision to use his executive authority to cut carbon emissions from coal-fired plants is welcome, if long overdue. Yet, it is still sadly unequal to the challenge of limiting average global temperature increase to 2ᵒ Celsius over pre-industrial levels. The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) has said for this to happen, carbon emissions by 2020 will have to be cut 25% to 40% from 1990 levels. If Obama were going to make this issue his signature legacy, as most news commentators suggested, his signature turned out to be far from a John Hancock. President Obama's first mistake was to announce this important policy initiative in one of the weekly addresses that have become rather routine. In doing so, the President missed an opportunity to move the climate change agenda to the forefront of American politics. Obama should have used his authority as President to call a special session of Congress during prime time to announce his decision. Calling a special session, as ...
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Obama to make rare presidential visit to Indian reservation; past betrayals loom over meeting 13.6.2014 Washington Post
CANNON BALL, N.D. — This isolated town nestled in the undulating prairie of the Standing Rock Sioux Tribal Nation is so small, its only formal sign is a boulder spray-painted with “C. Ball.” But Friday afternoon, it will briefly become the center of the American political world when President Obama and first lady Michelle Obama ...
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It's About Time, Again 6.6.2014 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
Co-written by Bill Russell I called my first big TV series back in the '70s, It's About Time! On Monday, that phrase leapt to mind as I read that President Obama is serious about curbing carbon pollution. I almost certainly would not have environmentally-induced asthma if any President after Jimmy Carter and before Barack Obama had chosen to act this wisely and courageously. About the time I was getting started in television, Congress -- with strong bipartisan supported -- passed major amendments to the Clean Air Act which President Obama and the EPA are now committed to enforcing ... forty years later. So I'm elated that our much and oft maligned "government" is finally coming to everyone's defense. For those who judge their financial interests or ideological blindness to be more reliable than evidence, American energy policy has been a success. For the rest of us, it has been clear for decades that the policy is an abject failure. There are (and have been) three compelling reasons to replace fossil ...
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White House gives EPA emissions plan a strategic PR push 3.6.2014 LA Times: Environment
With fresh memories of the disastrous Obamacare rollout, the White House launched a campaign-style push Monday to promote its plan to slash carbon emissions 30% by the year 2030.
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