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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

State of the Union: Clean Energy

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Obama lays out ambitious goal for America's energy future -- with an asterisk.

To the surprise of many (or us, at least), clean energy was a primary focus of President Obama's State of the Union Address on Tuesday. The President spent the first third of the speech on the issue, and laid out an ambitious goal by saying that 80 percent of electricity should come from clean energy sources by 2035. "[T]he nation that leads the clean energy economy will lead the global......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

GOP Pushes for Environmental Deregulation at State Level

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Republican governors working to ease environmental rules.

Around the United States, Republican-controlled states are mounting an all-out assault on environmental regulations. In Florida, Gov. Rick Scott wants to cut two-thirds of the state funding allocated to Everglades restoration. David Guest, a lawyer with the Florida office of Earthjustice, said Scott has delivered "the most radical anti-environmental budget" of the past two......read more

Help the EPA Chronicle the 'State of the Environment'

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Photo project asks the public to document environmental issues and everyday life

In the 1970s, the EPA asked a group of freelance photographers to document the state of America's environment. Called the Documerica project, the photos are a valuable record of the environmental issues that plagued the US in the years before protective legislation like the Clean Air Act and the Clean Water Act. You can see them for yourself on the Documerica Flickr page. Now, almost 40 years......read more

Capping the Well

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Obama moves to put a lid on oil and gas subsidies.

As he discussed in the State of the Union address, President Obama intends to cut subsidies of oil and gas companies already making money hand over fist. In the new budget, set for release sometime this month, Obama calls for a $36.5 billion dollar reduction in subsidies and tax breaks for oil and gas companies, alongside substantial increases in funding for solar, wind, and geothermal energy......read more

SOTU 2014: Much Left Unsaid on Environment

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Environmental groups lament Obama's silence on climate plan, Keystone XL

President Obama covered plenty of policy ground during Tuesday's State of the Union address, but observers looking for clear leadership on the environment were left with a hazy, conflicted picture of where the administration stands. Of the 7,000 words contained in Obama's prepared speech, climate and energy accounted for less then 500. His coverage of climate change and emphatic calls for energy......read more

Criticism Mounts For Obama's Oil Drilling Plan

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Proposal to open coastlines to drilling draws ire from both sides of the political debate.

Aurora Robson's glimmering reputation was built on Plastic bottles are utterly detestable Notcot recently reminded us about the Aurora Robson's most recent exhibit, Be Like Water, just finished showing at 2424 in Philadelphia. For more Robson, visit her site. (via Notcot)...read more

The Schwitchinator

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Schwarzenegger ends backing for offshore drilling.

Even though expanded drilling operations off the Santa Barbara coastline could have created $100 million dollars in California revenue, Governor Schwarzenegger has switched positions and no longer supports drilling expansion. This is one of the more positive responses to the massive oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, which is shaping up to be the worst in American history. If a Republican......read more

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