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US to announce plans to reduce agricultural carbon emissions 23.4.2015 Yahoo: US National
DETROIT (AP) — Federal agricultural officials are planning to announce voluntary programs and initiatives for farmers, ranchers and foresters meant to build on President Barack Obama's efforts to combat global warming — and don't require congressional ...
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The Chamber Of Commerce Is Fighting Fiercely To Stop The Scourge Of Corporate Transparency 22.4.2015 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
WASHINGTON -- This spring, shareholders in more than 100 companies will introduce resolutions calling for greater disclosure of corporations' political and lobbying activity. Six major companies -- Dean Foods, Eastman Chemical, H&R Block, Marathon Oil, U.S. Steel and Valero Energy -- have already reached agreement with New York state Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli, who oversees the third largest pension fund in the nation, to adopt political spending disclosure policies in exchange for the comptroller's office withdrawing its resolutions. But don't consider that a sign that corporate America is learning to live with transparency. Over the past two years, three of the usual suspects -- the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, the Business Roundtable and the National Association of Manufacturers -- have joined together to try to discredit the purpose of disclosure policies and the advocates calling for them. Aided by the editorial page of The Wall Street Journal, the three big business groups have sought to undercut ...
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Restoring the Everglades During Climate Change Requires Continued Federal Commitment 22.4.2015 Commondreams.org Newswire
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EPA Chief Defends Forthcoming Fracking Study, Says It Will 'Add To' Dialogue 22.4.2015 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
WASHINGTON -- The Environmental Protection Agency is expected to release a much-anticipated draft study this spring that will examine whether hydraulic fracturing can contaminate ground water supplies. While the topic of hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, for natural gas has generated a lot of attention, it's not clear whether the agency's study will clear up any of the major lingering questions about the safety of the process. Fracking uses a high-pressure stream of water, sand and chemicals to tap into oil and gas reserves in rock formations, and has become increasingly common in recent years in many parts of the United States. There are a number of indications that the EPA's study will not resolve many of the key concerns communities have raised about fracking's impact on the safety of their drinking water supplies. As InsideClimate News reported last month , the agency's ability to gather data has been limited, due to both resistance from the oil and gas industry and legal limitations on the ...
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No Room for Business as Usual at the Summit of the Americas 20.4.2015 Commondreams.org Views
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Restoration Groups Call on President Obama to Make Leadership on Gulf Restoration a Priority Issue 17.4.2015 Main Feed - Environmental Defense
Elizabeth Van Cleve, Environmental Defense Fund, 202.553.2543,  evancleve@edf.org Emily Guidry Schatzel, National Wildlife Federation, 225.253.9781, schatzele@nwf.org Jacques Hebert, National Audubon Society, 504.264.6849, jhebert@audubon.org Andrew Blejwas, The Nature Conservancy, 617.785.7047,  ablejwas@tnc.org Rachel Guillory, Ocean Conservancy, 504.208.5816,  rguillory@oceanconservancy.org RESTORATION GROUPS CALL ON PRESIDENT OBAMA TO MAKE LEADERSHIP ON GULF RESTORATION A PRIORITY ISSUE Five years after the start of the Deepwater Horizon oil disaster, nation’s largest environmental groups ask the President to accelerate restoration before start of another hurricane season (Washington, D.C. – April 17, 2015) Today, groups working on Gulf restoration called on President Obama to redouble the administration’s efforts to hold BP accountable for the oil disaster that started five years ago – and continued for nearly 90 days – making it the largest oil spill in U.S. history. The groups, including ...
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Restoration Groups Call on President Obama to Make Leadership on Gulf Restoration a Priority Issue 17.4.2015 Main Feed - Environmental Defense
Restoration Groups Call on President Obama to Make Leadership on Gulf Restoration a Priority Issue
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Coal Is Dying and It's Never Coming Back 14.4.2015 Mother Jones
Coal, the number-one cause of climate change, is dying. Last year saw a record number of coal plant retirements in the United States, and a study last week from Duke University found that since 2008, the coal industry shed nearly 50,000 jobs, while natural gas and renewable energy added four times that number. Even China, which produces and consumes more coal than the rest of the world put together, is expected to hit peak coal use within a decade, in order to meet its promise to President Barack Obama to reduce its carbon emissions starting in 2030. According to Senator Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.), this is all the fault of President Barack Obama's "war on coal"—specifically the administration's new limits for carbon dioxide emissions from power plants, which probably will force many power companies to burn less coal. If there is a war, McConnell has long been the field marshal of the defending army. His latest maneuver came last month when he called on state lawmakers to simply ignore the administration's ...
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Obama touts clean energy in bid to restore U.S. leadership in Caribbean 9.4.2015 Yahoo: Politics
By Matt Spetalnick KINGSTON (Reuters) - President Barack Obama met with Jamaica's prime minister on Thursday, announcing a major clean energy partnership ahead of a Caribbean summit where he hopes to reassert U.S. leadership in the region at time when oil-producing Venezuela's economic clout may be receding. The White House used the occasion to announce a major step towards healing its five-decades-old rift with Cuba, saying the State Department has completed a review of whether to remove the communist-ruled island from a state sponsors of terrorism list. The review has been forwarded to the White House, where it is being studied by policy aides before a formal recommendation. A green light for Havana's removal would open the door to the restoration of diplomatic relations between the United States and Cuba after 54 ...
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Why Obama Said Global Warming Gave His Daughter Asthma 9.4.2015 Wired Top Stories
The President wants new policies to fight global warming, and he's using his daughter's asthma to make them ...
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In Jamaica, Obama seeks to reassert U.S. leadership in Caribbean 9.4.2015 World
By Matt Spetalnick KINGSTON, Jamaica (Reuters) - President Barack Obama arrived in Jamaica on Wednesday to attend a Caribbean summit seeking to reassert U.S. leadership in the region at time when oil-producing Venezuela's economic clout may be receding. As the first U.S. president to visit Kingston since Ronald Reagan in 1982, Obama faces the challenge of convincing Caribbean island leaders that Washington is genuinely re-engaging after a long period of perceived neglect of its smaller, poorer ...
Energy security, good will top Obama agenda in Jamaica visit 8.4.2015 World
KINGSTON, Jamaica (AP) — The Caribbean region collectively cheered when President Barack Obama was first elected president in 2008. Calypso and reggae songs were written in his honor, the French Caribbean island of Martinique named a road after him, and Antigua's highest mountain officially became "Mount Obama" as the small country saluted him as a symbol of black ...
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Obama presents climate change as hazard to your health 7.4.2015 Technology
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama will ask Americans to think of climate change as a threat not just to the environment, but also to their ...
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Here's How The Country Is Doing Under Obama So Far This Year 6.4.2015 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
The following post first appeared on FactCheck.org . Summary Highlights from our latest update of the statistical record of President Obama’s time in office: Under Obama, the economy has added 7.2 million jobs, and the unemployment rate is now lower than the historical median. The number of job openings is up to its highest point in 14 years, and the number of long-term jobless has now dropped below where it was when Obama took office. Real weekly earnings are up 3 percent. But the number of persons receiving food stamps remains stubbornly high. The administration says 16 million have gained health insurance as a result of the Affordable Care Act. But the National Center for Health Statistics estimates that 37 million others still lacked coverage last year. The US increased its domestic crude oil production last year by more than it has in over 100 years. The U.S. now relies less on imported oil than it has since the Nixon administration. The clock has run out on Obama’s promise to double U.S. exports in ...
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President Obama approves Arctic drilling 5.4.2015 Environmental News Network
President Barack Obama has seemingly spent a lot of his second term trying to cement his reputation as one of the United States’s most environmentally conscious leaders. However, his most recent decision to approve controversial oil and gas drilling in the Arctic is certain to lose him favor within the environmental community. How can he preach about the consequences of global warming and carbon emissions and simultaneously give corporations permission to drill in a vulnerable region for decades to come?As Scientific American reminds us, although we tend to romanticize some of Obama’s environmental policy, his decision to give Arctic drilling a thumbs-up is not incongruent with his overall scheme to have America reliant on multiple sources of energy, including both renewable options, as well as gas and oil.
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President Obama’s emissions-cutting plan sets an example for the world 1.4.2015 Washington Post: Editorials
PRESIDENT OBAMA’S climate plan is no longer just at the center of a domestic debate about coal country and the Environmental Protection Agency. On Tuesday, the Obama administration made the president’s greenhouse-gas emissions strategy an official international commitment, staking the good faith and reputation of the United States on its fulfillment. It’s an important step that should prod other nations to follow suit.Read full article ...
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Threat against Obama's niece prompts security hike at NCAA game 24.3.2015 Chicago Tribune: Popular
A threat against President Barack Obama's niece, a player on Princeton's women's basketball team, prompted increased security at the Tigers' NCAA Tournament game at Maryland on Monday ...
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Threat against Obama niece prompts security hike at NCAA game 24.3.2015 Chicago Tribune: Nation
COLLEGE PARK, Md. (AP) — A person familiar with the situation says a threat against President Barack Obama's niece, a player on Princeton's women's basketball team, prompted increased security at the Tigers' NCAA Tournament game at ...
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AP Source: Threat against Obama niece prompts security hike 24.3.2015 Yahoo: Top Stories
COLLEGE PARK, Md. (AP) — A threat against President Barack Obama's niece, a player on Princeton's women's basketball team, prompted increased security at the Tigers' NCAA Tournament game at Maryland, said a person familiar with the situation ...
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The Emergence and Importance of President Obama's Climate Policy 23.3.2015 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
In a quiet and low-key move last week, President Obama took what may turn out to be one of the most significant steps he has ever taken to reduce greenhouse emissions. As reported by Julie Hirschfeld Davis in the New York Times , the president signed an executive order directing: ...federal agencies over the next decade to cut their emissions by an average of 40 percent compared with their levels when he won office in 2008, and to increase their use of electricity from renewable sources by 30 percent. This move is wholly within the president's power as the nation's chief executive and will have a significant impact on the market for energy efficiency and renewable energy goods and services. The federal government is the nation's largest organization. It employs more people and buys more goods and services than anyone else. It is also a powerful role model for the private sector. As Ms. Davis observes: ...because the federal government is the largest user of energy in the United States economy -- ...
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