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What Trump Can and Can't Do to Reverse President Obama's Arctic Protections 16.2.2017 Truthout - All Articles
In the first month of his presidency, Donald Trump has issued  a flurry of executive orders and memos  seeking to make his dystopian vision for the future of America a reality. But despite his promises to double down on fossil fuels, we haven't yet heard anything from the Trump administration on Arctic oil drilling. But wait, you might be asking, didn't President Obama protect the US Arctic permanently in November? Can Trump undo something permanent? Here's what you need to know. First, let's revisit exactly what President Obama did to protect the Arctic Ocean. Most importantly, Obama used his presidential authority under the Outer Continental Shelf Lands Act (OCSLA) to permanently withdraw  much of the Chukchi and Beaufort Seas  from oil and gas leasing. These areas can no longer be considered for oil and gas leasing -- ever. However, he did leave an area of the the Beaufort Sea open, the specific area where oil is most likely to be found. And of course, oil drilling still continues on land on Alaska's ...
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Obama's Environmental Legacy: A Reflection 22.1.2017 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
The presidential inauguration of Donald Trump is a good time to reflect on President Barack Obama’s work on the environment as the 44th President of the United States of America. Although President Obama was slow in pushing through environmental legislation during his first term (2008-2012), the administration seemed to be quietly laying down the foundation for future measures and overall, the past eight years have been a success for sustainability. President Obama’s second term (2012-2016) was exemplary, as he dedicated much of his time and effort to environmental causes, often in the face of resistance and push back from powerful lobbyists and representatives on Capitol Hill. Climate change became a priority for the president in his last two years and we can safely say that President Obama will leave a strong environmental legacy, regardless of his successor’s plans. And even though many of us are fearful of the next president withdrawing from and overturning these accomplishments, we can take comfort ...
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Yes We Did: The Fight For Clean Air And Water, Clean Energy, And The Climate During The Obama Administration 20.1.2017 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
On President Obama’s final day in office, here’s something I’m incredibly thankful for ― our air and water are a lot cleaner and safer than they were eight years ago, and we still have a fighting chance to turn the corner on climate change, thanks to the leadership of the Obama Administration and the hard work of grassroots community leaders in all 50 states. It might be your son or daughter, your mother or grandmother who is healthier today thanks to this progress. By tackling pollution from coal power plants, we’ve prevented tens of thousands of premature deaths and hundreds of thousands of asthma attacks. We’ve reduced the level of dangerous mercury pollution in our seafood. We’ve ushered in the era of clean, renewable energy . This is the progress we will be fighting for, and working to advance, over the next four years. Most Americans would be surprised to learn that, until this decade, the coal industry enjoyed a free pass from many of our nation’s most basic protections from pollution. For years, ...
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President Obama has nominated 123 people to fill administration positions this year 19.1.2017 Washington Post: Politics
Not that he necessarily thinks the Senate will spring into action.
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Americans Approve Of Barack Obama's Legacy But Don't Necessarily Want To See It Continue 13.1.2017 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
As President Barack Obama concludes his time in office, his most immediate legacy is a paradox. Obama’s approval rating, which languished in the mid-40s during much of his tenure, soared during the tumult of the 2016 presidential campaign. He will leave office with an average approval rating of just over 55 percent, according to HuffPost Pollster’s aggregate . The high ratings may be a sign that, in the final months of his presidency, Obama is also finally receiving some of the credit he’s long felt he deserved for his handling of the economy. Opinions of his economic policies have improved in the final months of his presidency, with his numbers on the issue back above water for the first time since 2009. But Americans’ positive opinion of the president didn’t translate into an argument for electing a Democratic successor, nor does there seem to be much desire to maintain his legacy. Eight years after Obama ran for office on a slogan of “change we can believe in,” the nation is still keen on trying ...
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Barack Obama Failed To Get A New Climate Law, But His Legacy Might Be Stronger Because Of It 11.1.2017 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
This piece is part of a series on Obama’s legacy that The Huffington Post will be publishing over the next week. Read other pieces in the series here . WASHINGTON ― President Barack Obama could not convince Congress to send him new legislation to combat greenhouse gas emissions. But his legacy of fighting climate change might have more staying power because of that. Congressional Democrats did try to pass a climate bill. The American Clean Energy and Security Act, from Reps. Henry Waxman (D-Calif.) and Ed Markey (D-Mass.), passed the House on June 26, 2009  after a brutal fight. The Waxman-Markey bill would have put an economy-wide limit on carbon pollution and created a system for buying and selling pollution credits — a policy called cap-and-trade. But the legislation  sputtered out in the Senate , where even many Democrats showed little enthusiasm for it. There was plenty of finger-pointing at the time — at Obama for not pushing harder on the bill or giving it the same priority as the health care ...
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Youth Delivers 62,000 Care2 Petition Signatures in Support of Climate Lawsuit to White House Urging Obama to “Leave a Legacy of Truth” 10.1.2017 Commondreams.org Newswire
Our Children's Trust Today, Victoria Barrett, 17, will send more than 62,000 Care2 petition signatures in support of her climate lawsuit to the White House. Victoria is one of 21 young people suing President Obama, and several federal agencies, for the government’s actions that have caused carbon pollution, climate destabilization, for the resulting violations of the youths’ constitutional rights, and to secure immediate science-based climate recovery action at the federal level. On January 13, the federal government must Answer the youths’ ...
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Where change never came 10.1.2017 CNN: Top Stories
Tears rolled down her face as Ursula Phoenix stood in Grant Park witnessing Barack Obama, a man from the South Side of Chicago, become the first black President of the United States in 2008.
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Scorecard: Assessing Obama's successes and shortcomings 10.1.2017 Minnesota Public Radio: News
As President Obama prepares to deliver his farewell message to the country, we look back at the legacy the last eight years might leave.
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Scorecard For A Departing President: Assessing Obama's Successes And Shortcomings 10.1.2017 NPR News
As President Obama prepares to deliver his farewell message to the country, we look back at the legacy the last eight years might leave.
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25 Smears, Hoaxes, Grifts and Whoppers on Climate and the Environment in the Obama Era 8.1.2017 Commondreams.org Views
Peter Dykstra

As the curtain comes down on Barack Obama’s eight years in the White House, most Americans seemed convinced of one of two things: We’re either about to Make America Great Again®, or we’re about to hurtle into an uncertain epoch that I like to call the Idiocene.

But before we turn the page on this administration let’s take a look back at the tall tales, regrettable pronouncements, farces and scams on climate and the environment during the Obama years. Anti-regulatory zealots led the pack, but President Obama contributed a few of his own – starting on his first full day in office:

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President Obama Denies All Pending Permits for Seismic Airgun Blasting in Atlantic Ocean 6.1.2017 Commondreams.org Newswire
Oceana Today, the Obama administration formally denied all pending permits to conduct seismic airgun blasting in the Atlantic Ocean. Seismic airgun blasting , an extremely loud and dangerous process used to search for oil and gas deposits deep below the ocean’s surface, was originally proposed in an area twice the size of California, stretching from Delaware to ...
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Will Obama's Offshore Drilling Ban Be Trumped? 4.1.2017 Truthout.com
Kelp forests in the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary support many marine species. (Photo: Chad King / NOAA ) President Obama gave environmental advocates a Christmas present when he announced in late December that he was  banning oil and gas drilling  in huge swaths of the Arctic and Atlantic oceans. This action "indefinitely" protects almost 120 million acres of ecologically important and highly sensitive marine environments from the risks of oil spills and other industrial impacts. President Obama acted boldly to conserve important ecological resources and solidify his environmental legacy. But by making creative use of an obscure provision of a 1953 law, Obama ignited a legal and political firestorm.  Republicans and oil industry trade groups are threatening to challenge the ban in court or through legislation. They also contend that the Trump administration  can act directly  to reverse it. But a close reading of the law suggests that it could be difficult to undo Obama's sweeping act. The ...
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US may no longer be the stable force the world has relied on 2.1.2017 CNN: Top Stories
The political tumult that rocked the world in 2016 might be an appetizer for 2017.
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Reactions to Utah's new Bears Ears National Monument, from scathing to celebratory 29.12.2016 Salt Lake Tribune
Utahns’ reactions to the announcement of the new 1.35-million-acre Bears Ears National Monument in southern Utah were immediate and ardent. <freeform> <strong> Ty Markham, chairwoman, Mormon Environmental Stewardship Alliance:</strong> “MESA (Mormon Environmental Stewardship Alliance) offers its deepest gratitude to President Obama for taking the necessary steps to protect this spectacular & culturally-rich area of our state called the ‘Bears Ears.’ It is exactly this kind of ...
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Live: Reaction to Utah's new Bears Ears National Monument 29.12.2016 Salt Lake Tribune
Utahns’ reactions to the announcement of the new 1.35-million-acre Bears Ears National Monument in southern Utah was immediate and ardent. <freeform> <strong>Scott Groene, Southern Utah Wilderness Alliance executive director:</strong> “We applaud the President’s decision and congratulate the Bears Ears Inter-Tribal Coalition for this historic protection of their ancestral homeland. The Monument will long benefit Utahans and Americans. It is the product of years of public dis...
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After 24 years working together, Feinstein and Boxer say goodbye to their 'Thelma and Louise' partnership 25.12.2016 LA Times: Commentary

In 1992, Dianne Feinstein and Barbara Boxer pitched themselves to California voters as the dynamic duo, as “Thelma and Louise,” as “Cagney and Lacey.”

They were trying to convince voters to do something no state had ever done: Elect two women to represent them in the U.S. Senate.

When they got...

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Obama bans future oil drilling in Arctic 21.12.2016 Terrorism

Obama bans future oil drilling in Arctic. (AFP)The president makes use of a 1953 law to restrict offshore leases in the Arctic Ocean and parts of the Atlantic.


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President Obama Permanently Protects Important Areas of Atlantic Ocean from Offshore Drilling 21.12.2016 Commondreams.org Newswire
Oceana Today, the Obama administration moved to permanently protect important areas of the Atlantic Ocean from offshore drilling . Using his authority under section 12(a) of the Outer Continental Shelf Lands Act, President Obama is withdrawing 3.8 million acres in the north and mid-Atlantic Ocean from future mineral extraction, protecting 31 canyons that extend from Heezen Canyon offshore New England to Norfolk Canyon offshore of the Chesapeake ...
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EDF Applauds President Obama’s Decision to Close Arctic and Atlantic Waters to Offshore Oil and Gas Development 20.12.2016 Main Feed - Environmental Defense
EDF Applauds President Obama’s Decision to Close Arctic and Atlantic Waters to Offshore Oil and Gas Development
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