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Obama Bails on Smog Plan

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Bowing to pressure from big business, the President abandons tougher ozone standard

President Obama, under mounting pressure from business groups and Republicans in Congress, has withdrawn a plan to strengthen emissions rules for smog-causing chemicals. The abandoned Environmental Protection Agency standard would have dramatically reduced emissions of ground-level ozone. For American eco advocates, the announcement is salt in a wound opened by a series of White House decisions......read more

Obama's Smog Gaffe

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Why abandoning tighter ozone regs was a bad move -- and what's next?

President Obama's environmental concessions (read: cave-ins) continue to pile up, and American environmentalists are rightly losing faith. His latest retreat, on ozone regulation, comes just days after the State Department gave the go-ahead for the controversial Keystone XL oil sands pipeline from Alberta to Texas. The smog announcement was conveniently released on Friday before......read more

The Domestic Effects of COP15

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As the U.N. negotiations near completion in Copenhagen, American commitments begin to take shape.

Despite the likelihood that the 193 countries at the climate summit will leave Copenhagen with an agreement to finish their work either at a June meeting or at the next annual U.N. conference slated for next November in Mexico City, time is of the essence for President Obama and his congressional leaders to pass a domestic global warming bill. The New York Times reports....read more

Obama Hot For Retrofitting

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President gets hot and bothered over improving energy efficiency in your home.

On a visit to Home Depot in Alexandria, VA yesterday, President Obama said retrofitting homes to improve energy efficiency is "sexy". What's sexy about it, he said, is "saving money". Ohhkayyy. We can think of a few sexier things than saving money - like, for example, grilled cheese sandwiches, or clipping our nails - but anyway. Whatever floats your boat, Mr. President.......read more

Obama Vents in Copenhagen

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US President pulls no punches in speech to COP15 delegates.

At a speech given in Copenhagen earlier today, US President Barack Obama made no secret of his frustration with the lack of consensus at the climate summit. "I think our ability to take collective action is in doubt," he said, adding that it is "in our mutual interest to achieve a global accord in which we agree to steps, and to hold each other accountable for certain......read more

Obama Awards $2.3 Billion for New Clean-Tech Manufacturing Jobs

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Recovery Act tax credits look to enable new clean manufacturing projects and create tens of thousands of jobs.

President Obama announced on Friday the award of $2.3 billion in tax credits for clean energy manufacturing — part of a broader push by his administration to stimulate job growth during the highest period of sustained unemployment in decades. “Building a robust clean energy sector is how we will create the jobs of the future,” said Mr. Obama, according to prepared remarks. The Labor......read more

State of the Union: Obama's Green Report Card

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Environmental leaders weigh in on Obama's first year in office.

A year ago, as President Obama prepared for his inauguration, environmentalists were optimistic. For eight years previous, the most hostile administration to environmental concerns in the nation’s history had flouted science and flogged nature. There was nowhere to go but up. My brilliant (and more succinct) predecessor, Peter Dykstra, pegged a column to the inauguration. He asked five very......read more

Obama Announces Government Emissions Targets

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The largest consumer of energy in the US aims for 28% decrease in greenhouse gas emissions by 2020.

President Obama announced yesterday that his administration will aim to reduce the federal government's greenhouse gas emissions 28% over the next decade. “As the largest energy consumer in the United States, we have a responsibility to American citizens to reduce our energy use and become more efficient,” said President Obama. “Our goal is to lower costs, reduce pollution, and shift......read more

Opportunity Knocks

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Exhibition by talented Korean artist/designer to open in Brussels next month.

Among the cost-cutting measures in its 2010 budget, the White House has 86’d longstanding subsidies to the oil and gas industries—casualties of both the swollen deficit and a larger initiative towards clean energy. And that initiative, an Obama talking point since the campaign trail, is being presented as more than just an environmental opportunity. In order to get the public and congress......read more

Officials Pressure BP Over Spill

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Frustration mounts as oil continues to coat Gulf Coast.

More than a month after the Deepwater Horizon rig exploded and sunk, triggering a massive oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, the Obama administration dispatched top officials to the region and scolded BP for failing to contain the damage. “I am angry and I am frustrated that BP has been unable to stop this well from leaking and to stop the pollution from spreading,” said Secretary of the......read more

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