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Planned US ivory rules not fazing California Chinatown shops 28.7.2015 Seattle Times: Opinion
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Ivory dealers in San Francisco’s Chinatown stood in their shop doors next to windows full of carved ivory tusks and trinkets, unfazed by proposed federal rules that the White House says go as far as possible to ban the U.S. trade of ivory from the world’s endangered elephants. “Wooly mammoth ivory,” […]
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Obama's Last Chance in Africa 26.7.2015 Truthout - All Articles
President Obama needs to unveil a new foreign policy initiative on Africa during his trip to Kenya and Ethiopia or risk going down in history as the worst president for Africa in recent memory. It would be a shame if the first American president of African descent ranks last in meaningful engagement with Africa when compared to other presidents in the recent past. Although both George W. Bush and Bill Clinton came under intense criticism for doing nothing in the face of genocide and war crimes, they were able to recover somewhat by launching signature initiatives during their second terms. During his first term, Bill Clinton pulled out of Somalia in a spectacular debacle immortalized in the Hollywood movie Black Hawk Down and then refused to intervene in Rwanda, standing by as tens of thousands were slain during one of the worst outbursts of fratricidal violence in the 20th century. During his second term, however, Clinton launched a series of health and development initiatives that partially mitigated ...
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Will Obama's Kenya Trip Salvage His 'Power Africa' Legacy? 24.7.2015 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
President Obama is visiting Kenya and Ethiopia this weekend to "build on the success of the August 2014 U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit," as well as "accelerate economic growth, strengthen democratic institutions, and improve security," according to the White House. It could also help Obama's African legacy. "The legacy of the Obama administration in Africa is very much a work in progress," notes the January Brookings Institute's Foresight Africa report, noting the coming months "will determine whether President Obama will fulfill the tremendous promise of his presidency" concerning U.S. policy toward the region. Except for a July 2009 speech in Ghana, Obama all but snubbed sub-Saharan Africa during his first term. But starting in June 2012 with establishment of the U.S. Strategy Toward Sub-Saharan Africa and the U.S.-Africa Clean Energy Finance Initiative , Obama began sealing his African legacy. During Obama's summer 2013 African trip, he launched the Power Africa and Trade Africa initiatives, followed by a ...
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Cries of Betrayal, Calls to Organize as Obama Approves Arctic Drilling 23.7.2015 CommonDreams.org Headlines
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Sierra Club Responds To President Obama’s Decision To Grant Conditional Approval To Shell To Drill In The Arctic 23.7.2015 Commondreams.org Newswire
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From Incompetent to Incomprehensible 18.7.2015 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
Tomorrow is an Arctic Day of Action to tell President Obama that allowing Royal Dutch Shell (or anyone) to drill in the Arctic is, as Al Gore put it bluntly yesterday, "insane."   In response, paddlers from Alaska to Florida are holding floating protests -- inspired by the hundreds of "kayaktavists" of Seattle who attempted to block Shell's drilling rigs. If there's no event on the water near you, you can still participate by printing your own ShellNO sign, hopping onto anything that (safely) floats, and uploading a pic with the #ShellNO hashtag. Or, if you prefer to keep your feet dry, you can  send or tweet a message to the president using AddUP.   Why is it so important that we act right now? Because time's running out to prevent a three-way collision between the incompetent, the incomparable, and the incomprehensible. Let's start with incompetence. Shell's track record in the Arctic would be laughable if the potential consequences weren't so severe. The company's previous misadventures have been ...
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Exclusive: Obama energy adviser Patron leaves White House 17.7.2015 Yahoo: Top Stories

The White House is pictured after sunrise in WashingtonBy Timothy Gardner WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A top energy adviser to President Barack Obama who specialized on oil policy has left the White House, three sources said on Friday.     Michelle Billig Patron, who served as special assistant on energy to President Barack Obama and as a senior director at the National Security Council since April 2013, left the White House about two weeks ago, the sources said. It was not clear why Patron left the position.


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Strange Bedfellows: Why Are the Koch Brothers & Van Jones Teaming Up to End Mass Incarceration? 15.7.2015 Democracy Now!
This week President Obama has launched a major push to reform the country's criminal justice system. On Monday, he granted clemency to 46 men and women facing extreme sentences -- in some cases life in prison -- for nonviolent drug offenses. Tomorrow he is set to become the first sitting president to visit a federal prison. On Tuesday, Obama described what he called a "broken system" in an address at the NAACP's annual convention. During his speech, Obama praised the "unlikely bedfellows" campaigning together for criminal justice reform from the left and right, including the Koch Brothers and Van Jones. We speak to Jones, Obama's former green jobs adviser, and Mark Holden, senior vice president and general counsel for Koch Industries, where he is a close adviser to its leader, Charles Koch. We also speak to Shaka Senghor. He shot and killed a man in 1991. At the age of 19, he went to prison for 19 years, seven of which he spent in solitary confinement. He has used his experience to inspire and motivate ...
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Strange Bedfellows: Why Are the Koch Brothers & Van Jones Teaming Up to End Mass Incarceration? 15.7.2015 Democracy Now!
This week President Obama has launched a major push to reform the country's criminal justice system. On Monday, he granted clemency to 46 men and women facing extreme sentences -- in some cases life in prison -- for nonviolent drug offenses. Tomorrow he is set to become the first sitting president to visit a federal prison. On Tuesday, Obama described what he called a "broken system" in an address at the NAACP's annual convention. During his speech, Obama praised the "unlikely bedfellows" campaigning together for criminal justice reform from the left and right, including the Koch Brothers and Van Jones. We speak to Jones, Obama's former green jobs adviser, and Mark Holden, senior vice president and general counsel for Koch Industries, where he is a close adviser to its leader, Charles Koch. We also speak to Shaka Senghor. He shot and killed a man in 1991. At the age of 19, he went to prison for 19 years, seven of which he spent in solitary confinement. He has used his experience to inspire and motivate ...
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Why Are the Koch Brothers and Van Jones Teaming Up to End Mass Incarceration? 15.7.2015 Truthout - All Articles
This week President Obama has launched a major push to reform the country's criminal justice system. On Monday, he granted clemency to 46 men and women facing extreme sentences - in some cases life in prison - for nonviolent drug offenses. Tomorrow he is set to become the first sitting president to visit a federal prison. On Tuesday, Obama described what he called a "broken system" in an address at the NAACP's annual convention. During his speech, Obama praised the "unlikely bedfellows" campaigning together for criminal justice reform from the left and right, including the Koch Brothers and Van Jones. We speak to Jones, Obama's former green jobs adviser, and Mark Holden, senior vice president and general counsel for Koch Industries, where he is a close adviser to its leader, Charles Koch. We also speak to Shaka Senghor. He shot and killed a man in 1991. At the age of 19, he went to prison for 19 years, seven of which he spent in solitary confinement. He has used his experience to inspire and motivate ...
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Kayaktivists Launch Demonstration in Front of White House 15.7.2015 Commondreams.org Newswire
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Strange Bedfellows: Why Are the Koch Brothers & Van Jones Teaming Up to End Mass Incarceration? 15.7.2015 Democracy Now!
This week President Obama has launched a major push to reform the country's criminal justice system. On Monday, he granted clemency to 46 men and women facing extreme sentences -- in some cases life in prison -- for nonviolent drug offenses. Tomorrow he is set to become the first sitting president to visit a federal prison. On Tuesday, Obama described what he called a "broken system" in an address at the NAACP's annual convention. During his speech, Obama praised the "unlikely bedfellows" campaigning together for criminal justice reform from the left and right, including the Koch Brothers and Van Jones. We speak to Jones, Obama's former green jobs adviser, and Mark Holden, senior vice president and general counsel for Koch Industries, where he is a close adviser to its leader, Charles Koch. We also speak to Shaka Senghor. He shot and killed a man in 1991. At the age of 19, he went to prison for 19 years, seven of which he spent in solitary confinement. He has used his experience to inspire and motivate ...
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Obama's Legacy of Protection 11.7.2015 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
During last year's State of the Union address, President Obama had very little to say about public lands protection, but what he did say got right to the point: "I'll use my authority to protect more of our pristine federal lands for future generations." During this year's speech, he said nothing about it at all. He didn't need to. His actions are speaking for themselves. His latest announcement -- three new national monuments -- almost doubles the amount of public land that he has protected this way. One of the new monuments, Waco Mammoth, is a relatively small site that has the largest known concentration of fossil mammoths in the U.S. About half of Obama's designations so far have been primarily of historic or cultural interest and don't include large tracts of land. The other two new monuments, though, total more than one million new acres of protected lands. The new Berryessa-Snow Mountain National Monument in Northern California is exciting because, like last year's newly designated San Gabriel ...
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Obama's Legacy of Protection 11.7.2015 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
During last year's State of the Union address, President Obama had very little to say about public lands protection, but what he did say got right to the point: "I'll use my authority to protect more of our pristine federal lands for future generations." During this year's speech, he said nothing about it at all. He didn't need to. His actions are speaking for themselves. His latest announcement -- three new national monuments -- almost doubles the amount of public land that he has protected this way. One of the new monuments, Waco Mammoth, is a relatively small site that has the largest known concentration of fossil mammoths in the U.S. About half of Obama's designations so far have been primarily of historic or cultural interest and don't include large tracts of land. The other two new monuments, though, total more than one million new acres of protected lands. The new Berryessa-Snow Mountain National Monument in Northern California is exciting because, like last year's newly designated San Gabriel ...
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NRDC: President Obama Bolsters Conservation Legacy with Three National Monuments 10.7.2015 NRDC: News/Media Center Feed
WASHINGTON (July 10, 2015) – The three national monuments created today by President Obama will protect some of America’s most biodiverse mountain ecosystems, wild tracts of desert and nationally significant fossil beds.
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The EPA Will Not Regulate Your Barbecue 10.7.2015 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
The following post first appeared on FactCheck.org . A Republican congressman says the Environmental Protection Agency wants “to stop you and I from grilling,” and he has proposed legislation that would prohibit federal regulation of backyard barbecues. Rep. Richard Hudson cites an EPA “study,” but that is actually a student design project; the EPA says it has no plans to regulate barbecues. Hudson, a Republican from North Carolina, joins a number of other politicians who have criticized a specific grant awarded by the EPA to a project aimed at reducing possible health effects related to residential grilling. For example, in May, Sen. John McCain included this particular grant as part of his “ America’s Most Wasted ” report, which highlighted what he considered examples of wasteful government spending. More recently, Sen. Rob Portman of Ohio also featured the barbecue issue in his “Your Tax Dollars … Down the Drain” series. Hudson spoke on the House floor to add an amendment to the Department of the ...
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President Obama Plans Empowering People With Solar -- Renewables Goal Still a Climate Fail 10.7.2015 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
On Tuesday, President Obama announced a great initiative to increase the affordability of solar power in communities across the country. This is part of the White House’s plan to increase the installation of climate-friendly energy sources while recognizing the country has serious challenges when it comes to environmental justice . Every community deserves clean air and clean power. And if it can produce that electricity on its own, that's community empowerment for the climate. And last week, the president announced a national target for renewable energy, coinciding with his previously announced 2030 climate pollution goal . Indeed, reducing climate pollution requires a rapid and exponential replacement of fossil fuels with renewable energy sources. The president's goal is that 20 percent of electricity generated in 2030 will come from renewables (excluding large hydroelectric). At first, it might sound ambitious. It is, after all, about twice what the president's own Department of Energy predicts . ...
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U.S. Government Outlines Solar Power Boost For The Poor 7.7.2015 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
By Timothy Gardner WASHINGTON, July 7 (Reuters) - The White House took steps this week to boost the installation of solar power and other renewable energy in federally subsidized housing and increase the number of jobs in the industry for poor people. The U.S. administration has set a goal of installing 300 megawatts of solar and other renewable energy in affordable housing by 2020, tripling a goal President Barack Obama set in 2013 that has already been surpassed. It is "really important for everyone to have access to solar and other renewable energy technologies both for the energy itself and the cost savings there, and also the employment opportunities," Brian Deese, a climate and energy adviser to Obama, told reporters in a teleconference on Monday. Solar energy makes up less than 1 percent of the power generated in the United States, but the industry is growing rapidly. The 300 megawatts is enough for about 50,000 homes and is part of a wider White House goal to increase solar energy. Asked whether ...
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Gulf states reach $18.7B settlement with BP over oil spill 2.7.2015 Chicago Tribune: Nation
BP and five Gulf states announced a massive settlement Thursday that resolves years of legal fighting over the environmental and economic damage done by the energy giant's oil spill in ...
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BP reaches $18.7-billion agreement to settle Gulf of Mexico oil spill 2.7.2015 LA Times: Commentary
BP has reached an $18.7-billion settlement with federal, state and local governments that resolves years of litigation over the 2010 oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.
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