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Feds to Fund Offshore Wind Farms

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Obama administration commits $50.5 million to offshore wind R&D.

Pursuant to the U.S. President's stated goal of generating 80% of all electricity from renewable sources, the Obama administration announced this week a game plan for wind energy development off the Eastern seaboard. Secretary of Energy Steven Chu and Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar paired up Monday to announce federal funding for offshore wind farms to the tune of $50.5 million over......read more

At the Energy Crossroads

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President Obama's original energy plan was thrown off the rails. Can his new strategy survive?

Nothing ever works out as planned. Just ask President Obama, who came into office equipped with an ambitious energy plan that addressed climate change and American dependence on foreign (read: Mideast) oil. Within two short years, a massive financial meltdown, an unprecedented offshore oil spill, and a GOP-controlled Congress has demolished that strategy, sending the administration back to the......read more

EPA Readies Tough New Pollution Rules

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Lisa P. Jackson prepares rigorous environmental regs as presidential campaign gets under way

With a presidential election looming, EPA administrator Lisa P. Jackson is hoping for Obama's support as she prepares new regulations on smog, mercury, carbon dioxide, mining waste, and vehicle emissions. The Supreme Court just validated the power of the Agency to control emissions and pollution. According to Jackson, "The only thing worse than no EPA is an EPA that exists and doesn't do its......read more

An Open Letter to Obama

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Environmentalist community urges President Obama to block Keystone XL and act on climate change

The danger of slipping off the fiscal cliff has thankfully abated for now, but there's another, even more serious danger ahead: the climate change cliff. Yesterday, nearly 70 environmental and health organizations sent a letter to President Obama [pdf] urging the president to take bold and decisive action against climate change. “Dear Mr. President,” the letter begins. “Thank......read more

Obama Takes Climate Stand in Inaugural Address

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But will he be able to sidestep Congressional opposition?

Climate change took center stage in Barack Obama's inaugural address, as the President highlighted previously stated intentions to make the issue a priority in his second term. In his speech, Obama tied failure to respond to climate change with a betrayal of future generations. "Some may still deny the overwhelming judgment of science, but none can avoid the devastating impact of raging fires,......read more

Do Patchwork Emissions Cuts Work?

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They can, if countries agree on rules and build trust, says Elliot Diringer

Governments have set a 2015 deadline for a new global climate agreement. But after the debacle in Copenhagen four years ago, when COP15 failed to produce the binding climate change treaty that many of us expected, you would be forgiven for lacking optimism about it. There are, however, reasons for hope, as Elliot Diringer points out in Nature this week. While there has been no formal agreement......read more

Ethanol's Secret Environmental Cost

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Is Obama's push for 'green' energy doing more harm than good?

In 2007, Congress passed a law requiring oil companies to blend corn ethanol into the gasoline supply. The bill, which had bipartisan support, was informed by the idea that homegrown corn would help reduce greenhouse gas emissions while also weaning the country off foreign sources of oil. Sounds reasonable enough. But the environmental consequences of the "ethanol mandate" have been far from......read more

Top Clean Energy and Climate Breakthroughs in 2013

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This year's positive green developments, as listed by NRDC's Frances Beinecke

NRDC President Frances Beinecke for The Huffington Post: The United States broke one record after another for extreme weather in 2013. From deadly floods in Colorado to prolonged drought across the Southwest, Americans saw what unchecked climate change can do to our communities. But we also witnessed another kind of powerful force: real and positive climate action. In cities and state capitols,......read more

John Kerry to Pursue Climate Treaty

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US Secretary of State looks to lead establishment of global climate pact in 2015

No one can question John Kerry's ambition. Already in the process of destroying Syria's chemical weapons, crafting a nuclear agreement with Iran and brokering a peace deal between Israel and Palestine, the Secretary of State announced last week that he aims to pursue a global climate treaty in 2015. The New York Times reports: His goal is to become the lead broker of a global climate......read more

Kerry Delivers Climate Policy Directive

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The move will require action on a number of fronts, writes Jake Schmidt of the NRDC

Jake Schmidt for the Huffington Post: Secretary Kerry has just issued his first “Policy Directive” as U.S. secretary of state. This new directive outlines that climate change is a central issue for the State Department and directs an “all hands on deck” approach to this issue. He rightly recognized that this will require strong action in the U.S., while helping spur......read more

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