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Posts Tagged ‘President Obama’

Early Wildfire Season in New Mexico Starts as U.S. Considers New Funding Sources to Fight Extreme Wildfires

I experienced very dry conditions in the mountains of northern New Mexico a few weeks back. I spoke with someone who travels to Taos nearly every winter and this was the least snow he could remember. The fire risk sign said “low” in the surrounding forests, but if more snow did not come soon I suspected those signs would start nudging to the yellow and red colors that warn of fire risk. Unfortunately, fires have already erupted in New Mexico this February. Some officials say that if 2014 continues to be the sixth year in a row with drier-than-average conditions on New Mexico’s Rio Grande, this would be the longest dry stretch since before the Rio Grande river gauges existed. Read More

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Overreliance on Natural Gas: Risky for the Climate and the Economy

In last week’s State of the Union (SOTU) address, President Obama reiterated his support for climate science by unequivocally stating “The debate is settled. Climate change is a fact.” He also should be commended for highlighting the urgency of the problem as local communities are already experiencing damaging and costly climate impacts like drought, wildfires, heat waves, and coastal flooding.

But the President’s enthusiasm for increasing natural gas production and use as an important climate solution missed the mark. And like his climate action plan speech at Georgetown University last June, the President highlighted the economic benefits of increasing U.S. natural gas production, while failing to mention the economic risks of an overreliance on natural gas. Read More

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President Obama’s State of the Union: the Good, the Not-So-Good, and the Missing

President Obama covered a wide range of issues in last night’s State of the Union speech, with much of it focused on the need for more aggressive action on issues like economic inequality, unemployment, education and training. But he also addressed several of the issues that UCS works on directly, especially climate change and energy. Read More

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Environmental Justice Must be a Part of Obama’s Climate Action Plan

There’s a lot to like in President Obama’s climate action plan. It commits his administration to some important steps forward on addressing the challenge of climate change, both by lowering U.S. carbon emissions and by helping build resilience to climate impacts. But there’s one glaring omission that needs to be rectified as the plan goes into implementation: it needs to include environmental justice and equity concerns for low-income communities and communities of color. Read More

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How Might History Judge President Obama’s Climate Plan?

The sweltering heat of a summer day in our nation’s capital makes for a powerful backdrop to historic statements on climate change. Read More

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President Takes Historic First Step on Climate Action: Near-term Target for CO2 Reductions

Remember the promises to reduce carbon dioxide emissions that were made in Copenhagen in 2009? Since then, there has been a growing gap between what nations collectively need to do to meet their stated goals and what they have actually put on the table in terms of commitments out to 2020. Yesterday that changed – at least in the United States. Read More

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Let’s Live Long and Prosper: President Obama’s Call to Combat Climate Change

Kudos to the Obama Administration for continuing the ongoing mission to seek out common sense solutions to climate change. In 2009, President Obama committed to reduce U.S. emissions 17 percent below 2005 levels by 2020 and earlier this afternoon the president built upon this commitment by outlining the administration’s plan  for cutting heat-trapping emissions and helping communities prepare for climate change. Read More

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Obama Directs the EPA to “Work Expeditiously” to Complete Standards for New and Existing Power Plants: Now the Details on How the EPA Can Deliver the Goods

Today President Obama will make a major speech outlining his administration’s plans to cut carbon emissions through agency actions. The centerpiece of the speech is expected to be an announcement that the President will direct the EPA to move ahead in setting carbon standards for both new and existing power plants. Today and in the weeks to come we’ll be following closely to hear the details on both timing and substance for these standards. Read More

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As Obama Administration Folds on Emergency Contraception, A Full Timeline of Events

The Obama administration yesterday dropped its appeal of a judge’s order to follow the science and allow consumers full over the counter access to the emergency contraception known as Plan B. I never thought I’ve be invoking Kenny Rogers in a blog post, but somehow it now seems to fit: you gotta know when to hold ‘em. Know when to fold ‘em.The Obama administration should have folded long ago; for reasons unknown, it chose to stay in the game. In the process, it earned a serious black eye. Read More

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Appeals Court Rules Emergency Contraception Should Become Available Over The Counter

I’m at a conference this week but wanted to pass along some pretty big news on the Plan B emergency contraception saga, which keeps getting more and more strange. Read More

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