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What will happen to your electric bill after the Obama administration starts limiting CO2 emissions from power plants? It could come down quite a bit, a new report finds — if your state leaders are smart. Republican lawmakers have claimed that residential electricity bills will rise by up to $200 annually under Obama’s Clean Power Plan, based on a study put out in May......read more

WASHINGTON -- The Supreme Court on Monday ruled against an Environmental Protection Agency regulation limiting mercury and other toxic emissions from power plants, undermining the Obama administration's drive to cut pollution from electricity generators. The case looked at the EPA's regulation of mercury and other emissions from power plants under the Clean Air Act, which Republicans have......read more

Obama Sets Fuel Efficiency Deadline for Trucks

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Tightened fuel economy standards for medium and heavy-duty vehicles to be implemented by March 2016

Drawing a link between fuel consumption and climate change, President Barack Obama on Tuesday ordered his administration to develop and implement new fuel efficiency standards for medium and heavy-duty commercial trucks by March 2016. As he indicated in last month's State of the Union address, Obama has opted to bypass Congress and is directing the Department of Transportation and......read more

US Preparing for Climate Disaster While Hitting Brakes on Negotiations

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Kelly Rigg has a less optimistic view of Obama's recent executive order

GCCA's Kelly Rigg for The Huffington Post: Maybe I've lived outside the U.S. too long, or maybe my mind is just totally focused on the start of next week's international climate talks in Warsaw. But I think I may have been the only one who reacted somewhat cynically to last week's news that President Obama had signed an Executive Order "Preparing the United States for the Impacts of Climate......read more

Paul Krugman: Invest, Divest and Prosper

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Why Obama's climate plan will make the economy stronger

Even though it was competing with big stories like voting rights, gay marriage, and Paula Deen, it's a little surprising how little attention the mainstream media has given to President Obama's climate action plan, unveiled last week. Unlike last time around, Obama's plan doesn't revolve around legislation that has no hope of passing the congressoinal gauntlet. By using the powers of the......read more

Alternatives for Obama's Climate Change Program

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There's more to climate action than emissions regulations, author Amy Larkin argues

To we green-minded types, President Obama's emphatic inaugural address statements on climate change were welcomed with open ears. Looking ahead, most analysts predict that the EPA will flex its regulatory muscle to stem emissions, and others see the distinct possibility of Obama using executive power to install a cap-and-trade system for power plants. In a new HuffPo article, Amy Larkin, author......read more

And Here's To You Bill Maher

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BP and Obama's Big Opportunity

When entertainment and environmental politics collide so beautifully, as they often do on Real Time, SHFT needs to share. Nobody does it better than Mr. Bill Maher. Not only does he take the piss out of the boneheads at BP who are "trying" to curtail this messs, but he frequently lands on answers that need to be seriously considered. Van Jones has been talking about the green economy......read more

Washington Responds To Oil Spill

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Obama administration pledges all-out response to growing oil leak, Congress calls on oil execs to testify.

With workers struggling to contain the growing oil slick in the Gulf of Mexico, the White House has the declared the situation a disaster of "national significance." The designation paves the way for an all-out federal response to the potential environmental disaster. Yesterday, top officials were dispatched to the region to help coordinate defences against the leak. Meanwhile, the......read more

Leaked Document Exposes Obama's Climate Strategy

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Confidential memo outlines key messages the Obama administration wants to convey at UN climate talks in Mexico in November.

The Guardian has published the text a leaked document revealing the US government's increasingly controversial strategy in the global UN climate talks. The document was left on a European hotel computer and passed to the British newspaper. The text unveils the Obama's administration's hardline, "take it or leave it" approach to the agreement, signaling that the US intends......read more

The Sheriff's Back

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Emboldened by the Obama administration, the Environmental Protection Agency asserts its authority as the nation's eco watchdog.

In addition to the economic woes of the “noughts”—the years from 2000-2009—it was also a lawless era for environmental protection in the United States. Bush administration efforts at “dismantling safeguards, ignoring climate concerns, marginalizing sound science and catering to industries that endangered Americans’ health and natural heritage” meant our watchdog, the Environmental......read more

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