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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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President Obama praises Oklahoma response to racist fraternity video 22.3.2015 Chicago Tribune: Nation
President Barack Obama says he was "heartened" by the University of Oklahoma's swift response after video surfaced of fraternity brothers chanting about ...
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Princeton stays perfect with President Obama watching 22.3.2015 Seattle Times: Top stories
Princeton improves to 31-0 with an 80-70 victory over Wisconsin-Green Bay as President Obama supports his niece, Leslie Robinson, and the rest of the Tigers.
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With Obama on hand, Princeton beats Green Bay 80-70 in NCAAs 21.3.2015 Yahoo: Top Stories
COLLEGE PARK, Md. (AP) — With President Barack Obama supporting his niece and the rest of Princeton's basketball team a few rows from courtside, the Tigers managed to stay ...
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President Obama Signs Order Cutting U.S. Government's Carbon Emissions 20.3.2015 NPR: All Things Considered
In his latest action to address climate change, President Obama signed an executive order Thursday that attempts to reduce the federal government's carbon footprint.
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Earthjustice Applauds President Obama’s Latest Action to Cut Carbon Pollution 20.3.2015 Commondreams.org Newswire
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Obama: Republicans will change views on climate 17.3.2015 Yahoo: Politics
US President Barack Obama has predicted Republicans will eventually ditch their skepticism about climate change in order to keep favor with voters. "I guarantee you that the Republican Party will have to change its approach to climate change, because voters will insist upon it," Obama said in an interview with Vice news released Monday. Referencing his daughters Sasha (aged 13) and Malia (aged 16), Obama said the next generation was more knowledgeable about the environment than the current ...
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Is Venezuela Really an "Extraordinary Threat"? US Sanctions Top Officials as Tensions Grow 12.3.2015 Truthout.com
Tensions between the United States and Venezuela are increasing after the Obama administration declared Venezuela to be an "unusual and extraordinary threat to national security" and slapped sanctions on seven top officials for alleged human right violations and corruption. On Tuesday, Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro asked the National Assembly for increased power to protect the country's integrity and sovereignty from what he described as "imperialist aggression." Relations between the United States and Venezuela have been decaying for the past few months. In December, President Obama signed legislation to impose sanctions on Venezuelan government officials accused of violating protesters' rights during demonstrations last year when 43 people died, including demonstrators, government supporters and security officials. On February 19, the mayor of Caracas, Antonio Ledezma, was arrested for allegedly being involved in a U.S.-backed coup plot. Days later, Venezuela announced it had arrested an ...
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Obama Notes Concerns Over 'Extraordinarily Dirty' Canada Oil Extraction 7.3.2015 Green on HuffingtonPost.com

COLUMBIA, S.C., March 6 (Reuters) - President Barack Obama on Friday repeated concerns that the Keystone XL crude oil pipeline project will only create "about 300" permanent jobs and poses environmental concerns.

"The reason that a lot of environmentalists are concerned about it is the way that you get the oil out in Canada is an extraordinarily dirty way of extracting oil, and obviously there are always risks in piping a lot of oil through Nebraska farmland and other parts of the country," Obama told students at a town hall event.

"I haven't made a final determination on it, but what I've said is, 'we're not going to authorize a pipeline that benefits largely a foreign company if it can't be shown that it is safe and if it can't be shown that overall it would not contribute to climate change,'" Obama said. (Reporting by Julia Edwards; Writing by Roberta Rampton; Editing by Sandra Maler)
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Obama's Veto of Keystone XL Bittersweet for Texans Forced to Allow the Pipeline on Their Land 3.3.2015 Truthout - All Articles
As expected, President Obama vetoed  the Republican bill attempting to allow TransCanada to finish constructing the Keystone XL tar sands export pipeline. While the veto received praise from environmentalists, along with encouragement to reject the pipeline entirely, the veto provides little consolation to those in Texas who already have the southern route of the pipeline moving Canadian tar sands under their land.  “Don't get me wrong. I’m thrilled that President Obama owned up to his promise to veto the Keystone XL pipeline bill today. But in the same breath I'm spittin' mad,” Julia Trigg Crawford, Texas landowner who fought TransCanada from taking her land by eminent domain but lost, told DeSmogBlog. “Nearly three years ago, with the exact same data in front of him he decided to 'cut through the red tape and fast track' the southern leg of this project. Where was his 'climate test' then?” “Before the ink is dry on this veto, President Obama owes all of us in Texas and Oklahoma an explanation. Better ...
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Beyond Keystone 3.3.2015 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
President Obama's veto this week of a Republican bill passed -- precisely so that he would veto it -- mandating the construction of the Keystone XL Pipeline does, indeed, as former New York mayor Michael Bloomberg pointed out , serve as "a perfect symbol of Washington's dysfunction." Obama made it clear that this veto, at least, was over the process, not the substance, and the Republicans had set the process up so that no self-respecting president could do other than veto. In their last PR foray before the veto, tar sands proponents offered up an IHS-CERA study which asserted that, facts to the contrary, approving Keystone would increase the reliable supplies of oil for domestic consumers. The study asserted "the overwhelming majority" of oil flowing to refineries in the Gulf Coast would be refined and consumed in the U.S., even after XL is built -- which is true but irrelevant. If I pour a glass of water (Keystone XL) into an already full bucket (Midwest and Gulf Coal oil markets), most of the water ...
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Exclusive: Obama defends lack of 'Plan B' for Obamacare court case 3.3.2015 Yahoo: US National
By Roberta Rampton WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Barack Obama on Monday said he thinks there is no "plausible legal basis" for the U.S. Supreme Court to strike down a key plank of Obamacare, defending his administration's lack of a contingency plan. Obama touched on two main domestic policy issues during an interview with Reuters. On the Affordable Care Act, his signature policy achievement commonly referred to as Obamacare, the Supreme Court is set to hear oral arguments on Wednesday in the case known as King v. ...
125+ Groups Call on President Obama to Protect Bees, Pollinators From Pesticides 3.3.2015 Commondreams.org Newswire
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Fact Checker: Obama’s claim that Keystone XL oil ‘bypasses the U.S.’ earns Four Pinocchios 2.3.2015 Washington Post: Politics
“I’ve already said I’m happy to look at how we can increase pipeline production for U.S. oil, but Keystone is for Canadian oil to send that down to the Gulf. It bypasses the United States and is estimated to create a little over 250, maybe 300 permanent jobs. We should be focusing more broadly on American infrastructure for American jobs and American producers, and that’s something that we very much support.”Read full article ...
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No Deal Can Make up For Keystone XL 27.2.2015 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
Three days ago, President Obama pulled out his veto pen to derail the latest attempt by Big Oil's members of Congress to force approval of the Keystone XL pipeline. Since then, there's been a lot of chatter among pundits about what the veto means for the environmental movement, what it means for the president politically, and what it means for Big Oil's bottom line. That kind of chatter is more often than not just noise -- and this time is no exception. So let's cut through that, and look at the facts. The president's veto is a big deal, and a powerful victory for our movement. Few imagined this kind of win even just a few years ago, when D.C. insiders predicted Keystone XL would be approved by the end of 2011. But the veto is just step one. Now, President Obama needs to move forward and reject Keystone XL once and for all. Pipeline opponents will be working even harder in this home stretch to make sure the president follows through and issues a real rejection. Yet, as we get down to work, the chattering ...
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LCV Releases 2014 National Environmental Scorecard 27.2.2015 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
The American public's growing concern about climate change in 2014 stands in stark contrast to the anti-environment agenda and votes of the U.S. House of Representatives, as detailed in this year's National Environmental Scorecard . Fortunately, the House's breathtaking attacks on our air, water, lands, and wildlife were blocked by our allies in the U.S. Senate, who grew even more vocal this year about the urgency of addressing climate change. We were also thrilled by the progress made by President Barack Obama, who continued using his executive authority to build on his historic record on climate change and other environmental priorities. Again this year, the impacts of climate change broke records, further motivating the American people to call for climate action. 2014 registered as the hottest year on earth since record-keeping began in 1880, punctuating a trend that includes 14 of the 15 hottest years recorded this century. This warming is just one of the many impacts of dangerous carbon ...
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