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Keystone XL Delay Could Give Boost To Obama's Political Base 20.4.2014 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
By Jeff Mason and Steve Holland WASHINGTON, April 20 (Reuters) - The latest delay to a final decision on the Keystone XL oil pipeline will reinforce a White House strategy to energize President Barack Obama's liberal-leaning base before fall elections in which Democrats risk losing control of the U.S. Senate. Environmentalists, worried about the project's effect on climate change, have put enormous pressure on the president to reject the pipeline from Canada's oil sands, staging demonstrations outside the White House and protests in states where he travels. A decision to approve it now could have prompted that vocal group, which was instrumental in electing Obama in 2008 and 2012, to sit out the Nov. 4 congressional elections. The State Department's announcement on Friday that it would give government agencies more time to study the project was seen by strategists from both parties as a move to prevent that and boost Obama in the eyes of his supporters. Support for the president, or lack ...
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New Jersey Residents Want To Reduce Coastal Risks, But They Don't Want To Pay 18.4.2014 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
New Jersey residents support efforts to protect coastal communities from the hazards of storms and flooding, but they don't want to pay for them, a new research paper concludes from public opinion polling. The study by researchers at Rutgers University looks at polling that found a majority of New Jersey respondents support building and zoning changes that would help mitigate the effects of natural disasters. The polling showed 62.5 percent said they strongly agree that local governments should be allowed to "require housing in some areas to be built in ways highly resistant to natural disasters." Another 22 percent said they somewhat agree with that statement. The article will be published in the journal Risk Analysis, and was posted online this month . Sixty-one percent of respondents said they strongly agree that the federal and state governments should "identify the areas to not be developed" because they would provide natural buffers from storms. And 53 percent of respondents said that they strongly ...
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Safeguarding Our Water Supplies 18.4.2014 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
There is a saying the Southwest: "El agua es vida." Water is life. A proposed new rule from President Obama's Administration would safeguard our water supplies -- benefiting our families, environment and local economies. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers have opened a 90-day comment period on a proposed a rule, "Waters of the U.S.," which protects the nation's rain-dependent streams and wetlands from pollution under the Clean Water Act. These streams are the headwaters of drinking water supplies for 1 in 3 Americans, and provide wildlife habitat and outdoor recreational opportunities for all of us. Greater protections for our nation's water supplies will help address some of the larger health issues that affect the Hispanic community as a whole. Obviously, clean drinking water is essential for everyone, but Hispanics face disproportionate health hazards largely due to poor environmental health. Access to clean water is an issue of equity. Latinos are 165 ...
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President Obama, Put the Arctic Off-Limits to Big Oil 17.4.2014 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
Four years ago this week, BP's Deepwater Horizon drill platform exploded. Eleven workers died that day. Their bodies were never found. Over the next 87 days, 210 million gallons of oil gushed into the Gulf of Mexico. It fouled fishing grounds, ravaged the coastline, and shut down tourism. The world got an ugly look at some of the terrible hidden costs of fossil fuels. Spill-related health problems plague the people and the wildlife of the Gulf to this very day. I personally hoped that we, as a nation, would quickly learn from this tragedy and move swiftly to prevent a repeat disaster in our most vulnerable coastal environments. So it boggles the mind that Shell Oil is still determined to drill in one of the most fragile and remote ecosystems on Earth: the Arctic Ocean -- the last bastion of America's polar bears, endangered bowhead whales and other rare wildlife. For Native Alaskans who live along the coast, this ocean has been the source of their food security and a way of life since time ...
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Opponents Carve Massive Anti-Keystone XL Message Into Field That Could Hold Future Pipeline (PHOTO) 14.4.2014 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
In this photo provided by Lou Dematteis, a huge crop art image protesting the proposed Keystone XL pipline covers an 80-acre cornfield outside of Neligh, Neb., on April 12, 2014. Farmer Art Tanderup, who owns the land, drove the tractor that carved the image into dirt. It was based on a design created by artists John Quigley and Richard Vollaire. (AP Photo/Courtesy of Lou Dematteis) NELIGH, Neb. (AP) — Opponents of a proposed pipeline that would carry oil from Canada south to the Gulf Coast have stamped a massive message of resistance into a Nebraska field that is in the project's path. The artwork, which covers 80 acres and was done last week, reads "Heartland#NoKXL." It is the latest protest environmentalists and landowners have employed against TransCanada's proposed Keystone XL pipeline. Critics of the pipeline want President Barack Obama to reject the project because they fear it could contaminate groundwater and contribute to pollution. Farmer Art Tanderup, who owns the land where the artwork was ...
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Keystone XL Opponents Carve Anti-Pipeline Message Into Field 14.4.2014 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
NELIGH, Neb. (AP) — Opponents of a proposed pipeline to carry Canadian oil south to the Gulf Coast have carved a message of resistance into a Nebraska field in the project's path.

The 80-acre artwork, which was done last week and reads "Heartland#NoKXL," is the latest protest environmentalists and landowners have employed against TransCanada's proposed Keystone XL pipeline. Critics of the pipeline want President Barack Obama to reject the project because they fear it could contaminate groundwater and contribute to pollution.

TransCanada has said the pipeline will have upgraded safety measures, including remote control shut-off valves and frequent inspections. It has already built the southern leg of the pipeline between Oklahoma and Texas.

The section of the project that still needs approval would cross Montana, South Dakota, Nebraska and Kansas.
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Senate Democrats Urge Obama To Approve Keystone XL 11.4.2014 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
WASHINGTON (AP) — Eleven Senate Democrats, including six who face contested races this year, urged President Barack Obama on Thursday to approve the Keystone XL oil pipeline by the end of May. The five-year review of the Canada-to-Texas pipeline has been "exhaustive in its time, breadth and scope" and has taken longer than reasonably justified, the senators wrote to the president. Approval of the pipeline is needed to ensure pipeline operator TransCanada does not miss another construction season, the senators' letter said. But politics likely is a larger factor. Six of the Democrats who signed the letter face challenges this year: Mary Landrieu of Louisiana, Mark Begich of Alaska, Mark Pryor of Arkansas, John Walsh of Montana, Kay Hagan of North Carolina and Mark Warner of Virginia. Democratic efforts to keep control of the Senate could hinge on those races. All but North Carolina are significant energy-producing states. Obama lost all but Virginia in 2012. The Keystone XL pipeline has emerged as an ...
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More than 100 scientists and economists call for rejection of Keystone XL tar sands pipeline 7.4.2014 Switchboard, from NRDC
Elizabeth Shope, Advocate, Washington, D.C.: Today, more than 100 scientists and economists called on President Obama and Secretary of State John Kerry to reject the Keystone XL tar sands pipeline that would bring some of the world’s dirtiest fuel from under Canada’s Boreal forest to...
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Obama's Changing Moral Compass on Iraq 4.4.2014 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
In his speech in Brussels on March 26, President Barack Obama refuted Vladimir Putin's assertions regarding the wrongs of the U.S. invasion of Iraq. Rhetoric aside, the Russian president has no moral standing for the invasion and annexation of Crimea. Nevertheless, it is important to look at Obama's own moral arguments in justifying an invasion that a majority of U.S. citizens regard as a major U.S. foreign policy disaster. Putin called into question the legitimacy of the coalition behind the Iraq invasion by pointing out that President George W. Bush declared, "If you are not with us, you are against us." Putin further mocked U.S. respect for international law, saying "it's a good thing that they at least remember that there exists such a thing as international law -- better late than never." But mocking tone or not, we have a problem: Both of Putin's statements have legitimacy. In order to justify the invasion of Iraq, Obama recently claimed that "America sought to work within the international ...
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Obama in Saudi Arabia to reassure key Gulf ally 28.3.2014 World
RIYADH, Saudi Arabia (AP) — President Barack Obama opened a fence-mending visit to Saudi Arabia Friday, arriving in the oil-rich Gulf nation for meetings to reassure its elderly monarch of the U.S. commitment to the Arab world. ...
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Rejecting Keystone XL is Good Politics As Well As Good Policy 28.3.2014 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
Rejecting Keystone XL is Good Politics As Well As Good Policy
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House pushes to limit president's right to designate monuments 27.3.2014 LA Times: Environment
The GOP-led vote highlights differences with President Obama, who has used his power 10 times to name or enlarge the protected areas, most recently expanding the California Coastal National Monument.

WASHINGTON — The Republican-controlled House voted Wednesday to scale back the president's authority to establish national monuments, seeking changes to a century-old law that critics say has put wide swaths of the West off-limits to activities such as logging, grazing and mining.
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Headlines for March 26, 2014 26.3.2014 Democracy Now!
Obama: Gov't Needs to Win Back Public's Trust with Surveillance Reforms, Snowden: Curbs on Bulk Collection a "Turning Point" in Surveillance Debate, Mudslide Toll Hits 24; Report Warned of "Catastrophic" Land Instability, GM Hid Fatal Safety Defects from Victims' Families, BP Refinery Used for Tar Sands Oil Leaks into Lake Michigan, Corporate Challenge to Contraception Coverage Heard by Supreme Court, Admin Extends Deadline for Healthcare Enrollment, 80 Killed in Iraq Violence, U.N.: Death Sentences for Morsi Supporters Violate International Law, Obama: "Regional Power" Russia Acted "Out of Weakness", European Protesters Urge Obama to Close Gitmo, 7 Undocumented Immigrants Block Detention Center in Alabama, Immigrant Detainees Resume Hunger Strike in Washington State, CBO: Immigration Reform Would Trim Deficit by $900B over 20 Years, Wrongly Convicted Prisoner Released After 32 Years Behind Bars
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Russian shares tumble as U.S. sanctions widen; Putin signs annexation 21.3.2014 Chicago Tribune: Nation
Russian shares tumble as U.S. sanctions widen; Putin signs annexation
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Russian shares tumble as U.S. sanctions widen; Putin signs annexation 21.3.2014 Chicago Tribune: Popular
Russian shares tumble as U.S. sanctions widen; Putin signs annexation
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A Victory for the Mendocino Coast 21.3.2014 TreeHugger
Why it's a big deal that President Obama designated the Point Arena-Stornetta Public Lands as part of the California Coastal National Monument.
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Rush to Export Gas Would Significantly Undercut U.S. Climate Action 19.3.2014 Commondreams.org Newswire

Leaders of 16 national and regional climate advocacy groups sent a letter to President Obama today, calling on him to revisit proposals to radically expand U.S. exports of fracked and liquefied natural gas, which would significantly undermine his administration's efforts to tackle the climate crisis.

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What President Obama's Budget Means for Our Clean Energy Future 18.3.2014 Switchboard, from NRDC
David Murray, Program Assistant, Energy and Transportation, New York City: Earlier this month, President Obama submitted his proposed FY 2015 Budget to Congress which proposes to continue the powerful momentum of renewable energy growth from 2013. This year’s proposed budget contains $27.9 billion directed to the Department of Energy, a...
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Headlines for March 18, 2014 18.3.2014 Democracy Now!
Putin: Crimea an "Integral Part" of Russia; U.S. Imposes New Sanctions, Obama Hosts Abbas in Push for Framework Deal, 15 Killed in Afghan Suicide Bombing, Lawmakers Seek Answers on Lack of Mortgage Fraud Prosecutions, Immigrant Detainees Launch Hunger Strike at 2nd GEO-Owned Prison, GM Recalls Another 1.6M Cars as CEO Admits "Terrible" Consequences, Admin Delays Vote on Surgeon General Nominee After Gun Control Stance Draws Opposition, ACLU Files Suit Against Idaho "Ag-Gag" Law
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The New Populist Movement: Organizing to Take Back America. 17.3.2014 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
Low-wage workers and their allies have filled the streets of America's major cities, demanding a living wage and the right to bargain for wages and benefits. Their basic demand, echoed now by political leaders, is that full-time work should pay enough to keep a family out of poverty. The cry of "break up the big banks" is now heard from protests at bank shareholder meetings to the halls of Congress. Many of the groups who worked to pass the Dodd-Frank bill have joined with housing advocates and others to demand Wall Street prosecutions - and real bank reform championed by Ohio Sen. Sherrod Brown and Sen. Warren. Lawrence Summers, President Obama's top choice for Chair of the Federal Reserve, was stopped from getting that important job by a coalition of civic activists, including women and financial reform groups. Their favorite, Janet Yellen, was appointed instead. The national debate on the future or Social Security has been flipped - from "Stop cutting benefits" to "Expand Social ...
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