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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

Campaign Politics Dictating Obama's Environmental Policy

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Re-election tactics tied to both EPA smog decision and Keystone XL

This just in from the New York Times: Obama's environmental decisions are being driven by electoral politics, not by any sort of clear vision. Shocking news, we know, sorry to upset you. From John Broder's article:  The full retreat on the smog standard was the first and most important environmental decision of the presidential campaign season that is now fully under way. An examination......read more

Obama Talks Gas

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With gas prices climbing, the President addressed a Miami crowd about energy

Late last week, President Obama spoke to a crowd of almost 1,500 at the University of Miami on gas prices and energy policy, saying that the Republican's "drill, baby, driil" ethos is not going to solve our energy crisis.  "Anybody who tells you we can drill our way out of this problem doesn’t know what they’re talking about, or just isn’t telling you the truth," he......read more

America Elects A Cleaner Future

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NRDC President Frances Beinecke on what Obama's re-election means for the environment

Tuesday night Americans reelected a president who made clean energy and environmental protection a cornerstone of his first term. They chose the one candidate who spoke seriously about climate change on the campaign trail and used his authority to reduce America's carbon pollution. They rewarded this leadership by calling for four more years of action. This is a victory for all Americans who......read more

Climate Change: Obama's FDR Moment

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The NRDC's Frances Beinecke and Michael Brune of the Sierra Club weigh in on Obama's next steps

2012 was a historic year for climate disasters. Between a devastating drought, raging wildfires and the superstorm Hurricane Sandy, millions of Americans saw the very real toll that climate disruption is having on our country. But it's not just extreme weather events - according to data from NOAA, 2012 is on track to be the hottest year ever for the contiguous United States. As we enter 2013,......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

Getting on the Green Track

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Ahead of Obama's State of the Union address this Tuesday, NYT's David Leonhardt advances some ideas on what climate policy will look like in 2013

As President Obama prepares to deliver Tuesday's State of the Union address, observers are keenly waiting to hear what he will proclaim on the topic of climate policy. With Congress still bitterly divided, the odds of passing a substantive bill to reduce emissions are impossibly long, so we know that Obama and his advisors will have to draw on executive power to take action. We have also......read more

Obama's New Climate Stance: No Surprise

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Kevin Knoblach, President of the Union of Concerned Scientists, on why climate action matters now

Kevin Knoblach for Huffington Post: When President Obama called for Congress to "pursue a bipartisan, market-based solution to climate change" in his State of the Union Address, adding that he'll use his executive authority to act if Congress won't, legislative handicappers would be excused if they scratched their heads. After all, didn't opponents of climate action decisively block legislative......read more

Tax Break Drain for Big Oil

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Obama's proposed 2014 budget includes deflated tax incentives and hiked royalty rates for the oil and gas sector

Daniel J. Weiss for the Center for American Progress: President Barack Obama’s budget proposal for fiscal year 2014 would eliminate $39 billion of special tax breaks for Big Oil companies over the next decade as part of comprehensive business tax reform. These companies earned billions of dollars in recent years due to high oil and gasoline prices and do not need additional support from......read more

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