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The Latest: Oil train protesters disrupt Obama speech 25.6.2016 AP Washington
SEATTLE (AP) -- The Latest on President Barack Obama's fundraising trip to Seattle (all times local):...
President Obama and the first family to visit Yosemite National Park 17.6.2016 LA Times: Commentary

The National Park Service is turning 100 in August this year and to celebrate the vast beauty of America’s wildlands, the first family will tour Yosemite this weekend.

President Obama, First Lady Michelle Obama and their two daughters, Malia and Sasha, will be arriving in Atwater, Calif., on Friday...

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Frontline Communities to Obama: No New Offshore Drilling 17.6.2016 Commondreams.org Newswire
Friends of the Earth Today marks the closing of the 90-day comment period for the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) proposed 2017-2022 Outer Continental Shelf Oil and Gas Leasing Program. During this time, more than one million comments from frontline communities, concerned citizens, and organizations from all over the United States were collected thanking BOEM for protecting the Atlantic Ocean and calling on it to extend that protection to the Arctic Ocean and the Gulf of Mexico – the two regions left vulnerable to oil and gas drilling in this ...
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How President Obama Became the World's Leading Climate Champion 10.6.2016 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
Authored by Durwood Zaelke & Paul Bledsoe Addressing Both Near-Term and Long-Term Climate Protection Three years ago this month, President Obama began to redouble his already substantial efforts to address climate change. Since then he's emerged as perhaps the most consequential climate leader in the world. His actions hold critical lessons for other leaders around the world, not least his successor in the Oval Office. The President started early that June during his first meeting with China's new leader, President Xi Jinping, in Sunnylands, California. During this historic meeting, President Obama and President Xi reached agreement on two issues: first, to work together to constrain North Korea, and second, to work together to phase down super climate pollutants called hydrofluorocarbons , or HFCs. Later that June, President Obama, with his sleeves rolled up, presented his Climate Action Plan in a speech at Georgetown University on a blisteringly hot day. The President's speech and formal plan were ...
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Oceana Applauds New Bipartisan Letter to President Obama Aimed at Protecting Atlantic Ocean from Seismic Airgun Blasting 9.6.2016 Commondreams.org Newswire
Oceana Today, a new bipartisan letter signed by XX Members of Congress, led by Reps. Mark Sanford (R-SC) and Gerry Connolly (D-VA), sent a bi-partisan letter to President Obama urging him to deny seismic airgun blasting permits for the Atlantic Ocean that are currently pending at the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM). Seismic airgun blasting, which is used to search for oil and gas deposits deep below the ocean floor, could cause widespread harm to whales, commercial fisheries, and other marine ...
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Obama and Modi Must Work Together to Fight Climate Change 7.6.2016 WRI Stories
Obama and Modi Must Work Together to Fight Climate ChangeAdd Comment|PrintPrime Minister Narendra Modi and President Barack Obama. Photo by Narendra Modi/Wikimedia Commons This post originally appeared on Time. India recently experienced its hottest day ever when temperatures in the northern city of Phalodi reached a shocking temperature of 123.8 degrees Farenheit—while Washington D.C. slogged through a record-breaking 15 consecutive days of rain. Meanwhile, April 2016 was the hottest April... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ...
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Barack Obama Once Proposed Cutting Social Security. Here’s What Changed His Mind. 5.6.2016 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
WASHINGTON -- When President Barack Obama announced his support  this week for expanding Social Security benefits, it was nothing less than a sea change. Progressive activists claimed credit for the move as both a clear nod to their power in the age of Sens. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) and Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), and the fruits of ambitious activism that slowly but surely moved the bounds of the mainstream political discussion. Whether Obama’s remarks mark a shift in his policy views, a politically expedient concession to an ascendant progressive wing or something in between, it is an unmistakable indicator of the Democratic Party’s return to its New Deal roots.  But getting there required a slog through the political aftermath of the worst economic calamity since the Great Depression.   Fighting Popular Wisdom Obama entered the White House at a time of economic crisis and rapidly increasing national debt. Virtually from the start of his presidency, Washington was seized with hysteria over the latter ...
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The Legacy of the Obama Administration: An Interview With Noam Chomsky 2.6.2016 Truthout - All Articles
President Obama delivers remarks at Concord Community High School in Elkhart, Indiana, June 1, 2016. (Zach Gibson / The New York Times) In this exclusive interview with Truthout, world-renowned social critic Noam Chomsky lays bare the reasons why Barack Obama's election did not lead to any significant changes in the realms of foreign and economic policymaking, even though it did represent a kind of progress after eight grim years of neoconservative rule under George W. Bush. President Obama delivers remarks at Concord Community High School in Elkhart, Indiana, June 1, 2016. (Zach Gibson / The New York Times) Anyone looking attentively at contemporary developments in the United States will surely notice that the country is undergoing a profound crisis of purpose and institutional legitimacy under a neoliberal regime in overdrive. And this is occurring less than eight years after the election of Barack Obama, whose political campaign raised hopes for a shift away from the neoconservative fallacies and ...
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How Ending Offshore Oil Drilling Would Help Fight Climate Change 18.5.2016 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
The government has downplayed the climate impacts of oil drilling, but a new study shows that keeping oil in the ground will help fight climate change. The Brutus TLP of Green Canyon Block 158 in the Gulf of Mexico. Vessels continue skimming operations nearby in an attempt to clean up 88,200 gallons of oil that leaked from a flow line at one of Shell's drilling sites about 90 miles off the Louisiana coast in the Gulf of Mexico. Over his two terms in office, President Obama has enacted strong climate policies, but his proposal to expand offshore oil drilling threatens to undermine these advances. Policies such as the Clean Power Plan and stronger fuel economy standards will help the United States make progress towards the climate goals Obama agreed to in Paris -- but by themselves they won't be enough to limit global warming to 2 degrees Celsius. Obama seems to understand this. He has listened to the demands of climate justice activists by rejecting the Keystone XL pipeline and imposing a moratorium on ...
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Protesters Tell Feds: 'Keep It in the Ground' at Utah Oil, Gas Lease Sale 18.5.2016 Commondreams.org Newswire
Center for Biological Diversity Dozens of protesters with signs and large banners staged a colorful climate rally today outside of the Bureau of Land Management’s oil and gas lease sale in Salt Lake City, urging President Obama to “Keep It in the Ground.” The BLM’s “climate auction,” as protesters dubbed it, allowed industry to bid on oil and gas leases for more than 6,000 acres of publicly owned land in Utah. Some of the protesters entered the auction venue and were removed by ...
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Green For All Urges President Obama to Support Flint’s Rebuilding 5.5.2016 Commondreams.org Newswire
Green for All

Today, President Obama is on-the-ground in Flint, Michigan, where he’s taking account of the ongoing water crisis that has affected nearly 100,000 residents. This comes more than two years after toxic water began flowing into the homes of Flint residents, with dangerous levels of lead and other chemicals. Despite high-profile coverage, Governor Snyder has yet to commit to fully rebuilding Flint’s pipes and economy, frustrating activists and local residents.

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Feds Rely on Industry-Funded Study to Push for More Offshore Oil Exploitation 1.5.2016 Truthout.com
The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management's recent analysis of the economic benefits of increased offshore drilling in the Gulf of Mexico and on the Pacific Coast near Alaska was funded partly by the fossil fuel industry. (Photo: erik aa / Flickr ) On Monday, April 25th, President Barack Obama tweeted out the following message to nearly 74 million followers on Twitter: We're already seeing the effects of climate change. Denial is unacceptable. #ActOnClimate pic.twitter.com/k3sphu7KgC — Barack Obama (@BarackObama) April 25, 2016 The tweet garnered thousands of shares and likes, and on the surface it appeared to be a genuine plea for action on climate change. But as  we've seen all too often from this administration , what they say in public rarely matches what takes place behind closed doors.   Less than one day after President Obama tweeted out that message on climate change, David Sirota and Ned Resnikoff from the International Business Times  aimed a spotlight at the Obama administration's hypocrisy  in an ...
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Diverse Coalition Calls for New Vision in Conservation, Launches Petition 29.4.2016 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
The future of more than 600 million acres of prime lands that belong to the collective American citizenry got much brighter today, with policy recommendations submitted to President Obama and members of Congress on Capitol Hill yesterday. A coalition of diverse leaders from conservation, civil rights, environmental justice and community organizations used the upcoming Centennial of the National Park Service (August 25) to ask President Obama for a Presidential Proclamation announcing a new, inclusive vision of conservation for the next 100 years. In tribute to the democratic values represented by our public lands, the group has launched a petition at Change.org that enables the public to contact President Obama en masse to show their support. A most beautiful sight - a park ranger leading a tour in Great Smoky Mountains National Park at sunset. Gatlinburg photo. Keenly aware of the responsibility to future generations laid out by the founders of the National Park Service to "preserve unimpaired the ...
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Groups to Obama: Declare Climate Emergency, Ban Crude Oil Exports 21.4.2016 CommonDreams.org Headlines
Nadia Prupis, staff writer

Hundreds of organizations on Wednesday filed a legal petition (pdf) calling on the Obama administration to declare a "national climate emergency" and end all U.S. crude oil exports, which they say would keep millions of tons of greenhouse gas pollution from entering the atmosphere.

The petition comes as the U.S. nears a signing date for the COP21 climate agreement agreed to late last year in Paris.

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Can The U.S. And China Keep Their Climate Pledges? 21.4.2016 NPR Health Science
The two nations topping the world in greenhouse gas emissions agreed at the Paris talks to cut way back. But critics have stalled a key part of the U.S. plan, and China's good start may be fragile.
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Legal Petition Pushes President Obama to End Crude Oil Exports, Declare Climate Emergency 20.4.2016 Commondreams.org Newswire
Center for Biological Diversity As the Obama administration prepares to sign the Paris climate agreement, 350 environmental, social-justice, health and faith organizations filed a legal petition today urging President Barack Obama to declare a national climate emergency and end all U.S. crude oil exports. The ban would keep millions of tons of greenhouse gas pollution from escaping into the atmosphere and worsening the climate ...
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Clinton once hit Obama for oil, gas ties 2.4.2016 CNN: Top Stories
Hillary Clinton, currently defending herself from environmental critics for accepting money from employees at oil and gas companies, hit then-Sen. Barack Obama for doing the same thing in 2008.
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100,000+ Urge President to End Fossil Fuel Leasing from Public Lands and Waters 31.3.2016 Commondreams.org Newswire
Oil Change International A petition calling for an end to fossil fuel leasing on public lands and waters has garnered more than 100,000 signatures on the White House’s “We the People” online platform, surpassing the threshold necessary to trigger an official response from the White House. The petition, supported by a number of progressive organizations, calls on the President to “secure [his] climate legacy by halting all new drilling, fracking, and mining on public lands and waters, including stopping all new offshore drilling in the Arctic, Gulf of Mexico, and the ...
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To Secure Climate Legacy, say Groups, Obama Must End Offshore Drilling Leases 30.3.2016 CommonDreams.org Headlines
Jon Queally, staff writer

Demanding the Obama administration align its commitments under the Paris climate agreement with its stated emission-reduction goals, dozens of environmental, indigenous and coastal conservation organizations throughout the country filed a legal petition on Tuesday calling for the end of new offshore oil and gas leases in all federally controlled oceans, including areas in the Arctic, Atlantic, and Gulf of Mexico.

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Historic Petition Urges Obama to Halt All New Offshore Fossil Fuel Leases 29.3.2016 Commondreams.org Newswire

More than 45 climate, conservation, indigenous and coastal organizations representing the major coastal regions of the United States filed a legal petition today calling on President Obama to align U.S. energy policy with his climate goals by issuing an executive order to end new oil and gas lease auctions in federally controlled oceans — including the Arctic, Atlantic and Gulf of Mexico.

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