President Obama joins the Pigou Club*

Environmental Economics

Brad Plumer: It's the last year of President Obama's presidency. That's one way to read  this new idea Obama's putting forward: He's suggesting that Congress slap a $10-per-barrel tax on oil, phased in over five years, in order to fund $300 billion worth of investments in "clean transportation" over the next decade. He doesn't have to stand for reelection. Congress isn't going to pass any of his proposals anyway. So he may as well dream big.

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"Obama to reveal plan for cutting greenhouse-gas emissions"

Environmental Economics

It feels like Christmas Eve (but without baby Jesus): Obama administration will unveil the finalized version of its unprecedented regulations clamping down on carbon dioxide emissions on Monday. The plans will require every state to reduce emissions from existing coal-burning power plants. Regulations will require power plants to cut emissions by 32% by 2030, in contrast to 2005 levels.


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Obama’s Climate Failure

Sightline Daily

So I didn’t listen to Obama’s big climate address yesterday because I already know that the President is a brilliant orator. Sweeping rhetoric isn’t going to convince me the Obama administration is serious about tackling climate change. If you want proof that Obama’s announcements were mostly hot air, you need look no further than the stock market. So that’s my take on Obama’s lavishly praised climate announcement: it’s a huge disappointment.

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"Obama looks to forge ‘climate-smart economy’ with budget"

Environmental Economics

Congress has said this is dead on arrival and won't even talk with the White House budget director about it but hey, there is some good economics in here and that should be applauded: President Obama is proposing significant funding increases to environmental regulators and clean energy research as part of his final budget offered as president.  Obama is also looking to double the federal government’s investment in clean energy research and development, from $6.4

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Obama Kickstarts Action on Climate Change

Cool Green Science

” With those words this afternoon, President Obama took an important step toward turning his pledges on climate change into reality. Mark Tercek is the president and CEO of The Nature Conservancy and co-author of Nature’s Fortune: How Business and Society Thrive By Investing in Nature. You can follow Mark on Twitter @MarkTercek. “We need to act.”

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Greenpeace response to the Obama climate plan

Green (Living) Review

Commenting on President Obama’s new climate plan, which was announced the other day in a speech in Washington, Greenpeace UK executive director John Sauven said: “The President is embracing policies that will excite people around the world, and if the full potential of this plan is realised then we could look back at this speech as a landmark moment. Obama plan can be read here: [link] Source: Greenpeace UK. US Government USA climate plan Obama Greenpeace

Obama to sign U.N. Firearms Treaty the Senate rejected

Green (Living) Review

by Michael Smith (Veshengro) President Barack Obama will soon sign an international arms trade treaty that has been previously rejected by the United States Senate. Obama intends to sign the treaty on June 3rd. Due to the Senate’s response to the treaty, Obama’s signature will be symbolic at best. Senate USA US Constitution United Nations Arms Trade Treaty (ATT) POTUS Obama President Obama

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Obama’s Climate Message

Sightline Daily

My colleague Eric de Place just gave you the painful details about how Obama is pretty much full of hot air when it comes to actually, truly cutting climate warming emissions (it’s painful because it’s true. Secondly, whatever hot air falsely inflated the content of his plan (and all that went unspoken), Obama’s message is right on. And Obama identifies himself as a father and an American. (In My grandfather''s and my daughter''s hands. Photo: Anna Fahey.

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Obomney: Obama v Romney on Environment & Energy

Green Living Ideas

hope is on the way” song ( President Barack Obama ), you know this is a critical crossroad in our country’s history. The ideologies of the two main political parties have gotten so strange that by 50-year-old standards Obama would be considered conservative and Romney wouldn’t be taken seriously at all. Obama proved to be less effective at Presidential governing than he was at campaigning. A step in the right direction – I’m voting for Obama: 65%.

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Scott Walker and Barack Obama Have the Same Campaign Slogan.

PR Watch

Scott Walker and Barack Obama Have the Same Campaign Slogan, Who is the Commie Pinko Now? The Washington Times , Fox and Breitbart bloggers have uncovered concrete evidence of President Obamas commie pinko sympathies. Obamas new seven minute campaign commercial ends with one word: "Forward.". New Obama Slogan Has Long Ties to Marxism, Socialism" blares the headline in the Washington Times. This wouldnt be the first instance Obama is too afraid to sign his handiwork.

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President Obama's blackmail threat over EU Referendum

Green (Living) Review

by Michael Smith (Veshengro) Obama said that Brexit would put UK at ‘back of the queue’ for trade deal in huge EU Referendum intervention However, someone on social media mentioned that the Americans do not, per se, use the term queue and thus it would appear that the text was written by the UK government and given to the US President to use. Fact is that President Obama wasn’t just talking about his views but issuing a direct threat about the consequences of the referendum.

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President Obama Announces New Truck Efficiency Standards

Sierra Club Compass

In a speech today in Maryland, President Obama directed his administration to move forward with standards to make our tractor trailers and commercial vehicles more efficient. President Obama's announcement of new heavy-duty vehicle standards will build upon a strong legacy of passenger vehicle standards that are already reducing our oil consumption, including a transition to plug-in electric vehicles that run on little or no oil.

President Obama visits Master Lock

Green (Living) Review

In-sourcing instead of outsourcing President Obama , on February, 15, 2012, visited Master Lock’s Milwaukee manufacturing plant, for a tour of the hi-tech manufacturing facilities and to praise the company on in-sourcing jobs back to the United States from China. President Obama acknowledged Master Lock for “making the most of a huge opportunity” to bring manufacturing jobs back to America and cited the company as “a proud example of what can happen.”

Green America Applauds President Obama’s Rejection of Keystone XL Pipeline

Green (Living) Review

Washington, DC (November 2015) – After years of deliberation, President Obama demonstrated his support for an economy that supports human and environmental health, and that helps position the U.S. This decision comes after President Obama vetoed a congressional bill earlier this year that aimed to bypass executive branch decision-making on the pipeline’s future and fast-track approval to construct the pipeline. Keystone XL Obama USA

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"Obama Marks Anniversary of BP Disaster"

Environmental Economics

In a statement Wednesday, President Obama said that his administration had made progress in cleaning up the Gulf of Mexico and improving regulation of offshore oil drilling. I burned one of my NYTimes freebies on this one, from the blog formerly known as Green: One year ago today, the Deepwater Horizon drilling rig exploded in the Gulf of Mexico because of a runaway oil well.

Under cover of Christmas, Obama establishes US Anti-Propaganda Agency

Green (Living) Review

by Michael Smith (Veshengro) Under cover of the Christmas celebrations outgoing US President Obama has written the US' Anti-Propaganda Agency, in other words the American Ministry of Truth, into law. Those all-important laws have been smuggled into the NDAA and were signed on Christmas Eve by still President of the USA, B H Obama, with, basically, no public debate whatsoever.

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Obama Nominates Strong Labor Leader

Sierra Club Compass

On Monday, President Obama made a bold and encouraging move by nominating Thomas E. Perez to be his next labor secretary. Perez, the former head of the Civil Rights Division at the Justice Department, has a strong record as a leader in the progressive world. He has come out in powerful support to secure voting rights, make positive immigration reform, and end discrimination against Hispanics.

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US Leads World in Clean Energy Investment Under Obama

Green Prophet

It is true that 2012 may be the last year for President Obama’s bold support for clean energy – because in the wake of the Citizens United decision by the bought-and-paid-for plutocratic new Supreme Court, it is the Koch brothers who get to decide - but oh boy, did he ever get his licks in! Previous story: Solar Grew 69% From Obama Policy ). The Obama administration – quite simply – quadrupled all the clean energy ever put on US public lands.

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International Support For Obama’s Climate Promises

Sierra Club Compass

These Nordic nations are the first ones to back President Obama’s plan to stop pouring money into dangerous coal projects overseas , except in rare circumstances. The good news came this week, when President Obama visited Sweden and met with the leaders of Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway, and Sweden to discuss a number of topics, including the environment, trade, and the Middle East.

Obama's Best Chance to Lead on Climate: Reject Keystone XL.

Sierra Club Compass

Worldwide, Communities Defy King Coal’s Global Expansion » Obama’s Best Chance to Lead on Climate: Reject Keystone XL. In the first press conference of his second term, President Obama addressed a question about climate change with the following : "I am a firm believer that climate change is real, that it is impacted by human behavior and carbon emissions. Compass. « Meet Uttar Pradesh, Indias Next Distributed Solar Hotbed | Main.

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"Governments Await Obama’s Move on Carbon to Gauge U.S. Climate Efforts"

Environmental Economics

This was in today's emailed headlines from the NYTimes: President Obama is expected to announce on Monday an Environmental Protection Agency regulation to cut carbon pollution from the nation’s fleet of 600 coal-fired power plants, in a speech that government analysts in Beijing, Brussels and beyond will scrutinize to determine how serious the president is about fighting global warming. Chinese policy experts say that Mr. Obama’s regulation could end that standoff. 

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Obama Supports a Cap on What?!

Green Earth Journey

I am proud to say that I live in America because Obama is President. Maybe it is my age,24 (25 on the 30th of this month!). Maybe it is because I am a parent of almost 4. Maybe it is just the way he comes across. But there has never been a president in my life time that I actually enjoy listening to. NEXT POST Labels: Did You Know, Video

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Obama Administration Raises MPG Standard

Eco Friendly Daily

Then the Obama administration raised the miles per gallon standards. The Obama administration has now announced further increases of the standard, to 54.5 miles per gallon standard was agreed upon by both the Obama administration and the majority of car manufacturers in the United States. Dependence upon foreign oil has been a long standing controversial issue in the United States.

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Obama's Climate Plan for International Trade

Sierra Club Compass

President Obama's ambitious plan to tackle climate change, outlined in his July 25 speech at Georgetown University, comes as welcome news to the Sierra Club. President Obama's goal -- helping countries skip past the dirty phase of development -- is laudable, and critical to combatting climate chaos. May 2012 rally in Addison, Texas, to "Bring the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) into the light of day." " By Ilana Solomon, Sierra Club Trade Representative.

Evangelicals resist Obama’s childhood obesity push

Green (Living) Review

Don't those people resist anything that the President Obama, the First Lady, and the administration as a whole, propose? First lady Michelle Obama’s “Let’s Move” initiative has drawn both praise and criticism from conservatives, and divided potential GOP presidential candidates, with former Arkansas Gov. Obama expanded her “Let’s Move” initiative to include congregations last November and marked its one-year anniversary in February at an evangelical church outside Atlanta.

President Obama Signs Indefinite Detention Bill Into Law

Green (Living) Review

by Michael Smith (Veshengro) WASHINGTON, DC, USA, January 1, 2012 – President Obama signed the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) into law on New Year's Eve 2011, that is to say, yesterday. While President Obama issued a signing statement saying he had “serious reservations” about the provisions, the statement only applies to how his administration would use the authorities granted by the NDAA, and would not affect how the law is interpreted by subsequent administrations.

Could Obama Administration’s ‘Big Solar’ Grow Up to Beat Big Oil?

Green Living Ideas

So it is hard for the US government to actually truly stand up [.] [ Could Obama Administration’s ‘Big Solar’ Grow Up to Beat Big Oil? Tags: Solar Energy/PV Alternative Energy Big Oil Big Solar BLM Bureau of Land Management climate change desert solar electricity land rents Obama Salazar United States

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Daily Demand and Supply: Obama’s ‘free’ community college plan to make four-year degrees more expensive

Environmental Economics

“One of the program’s goals is to break down the financial barriers that keep many students from pursuing a useful certificate or degree. Two free years at a community college supposedly will make a four-year bachelor’s degree more affordable. Yet four-year colleges and universities depend on larger classes taught to first and second year students to keep cost down,” they wrote in the Post.

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Obama administration says UK must stay in EU

Green (Living) Review

by Michael Smith (Veshengro) The Obama administration has said that the UK must stay in the EU and that a referendum against membership in the EU must not be held in the UK. A senior member of the Obama administration has said that the UK must stay in the EU and that a referendum against membership in the EU must not be held in the UK as it could negatively impact on the US if the UK would leave the EU.

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"Environmental Policy and the Assault on Science" - Policy keynote lecture with Gina McCarthy, former administrator for the United States Environmental Protection Agency during the Obama presidency

Environmental Economics

Gina McCarthy's keynote at the recent World Congress of Environmental and Resource Economists has drawn rave reviews from twitter and the inbox. So, here it is in case you had to teach summer school to save money for your kid's college (like me

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Canada Ready To Talk Environment With Obama

Eco Friendly Daily

Only one day after the historic victory speech by President-Elect Barack Obama, the Canadian government has revealed that it is ready to talk to the United States about a continent-wide climate deal. As a result, Ottawa has opened up plans to have a joint climate-change plan with Barack Obama. Currently, Obama has a goal of reducing greenhouse gases to 1990 levels in the next 12 years.

Majority of Voters Say Obama Doesn’t Deserve Reelection

Green (Living) Review

Majority of Voters Say Obama Doesn’t Deserve Reelection; Independents Agree, According to American Pulse™ Survey Analysis by Michael Smith (Veshengro) 6,071 respondents participated in the 2nd November American Pulse conducted 11/21-11/23/2011. The latest results show that most Voters don’t think President Obama deserves reelection. Nearly half (46.3%) don’t think President Obama should run for a second term while 43.5% think Obama should decide not to build it while 17.1%

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Barack Obama on climate, equity and overconsumption


See original here: Barack Obama on climate, equity and overconsumption. The former president opens up about the urgency of the crisis and what he sees as the disconnect between our stated values and our actions. Business Green about-the-urgency actions between-our crisis disconnect energy & climate stated-values sustainability the-crisis

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President Obama Grants $2 Billion in Green Energy Job Push

Eco Friendly Daily

The Obama administration has been willing to kickstart the recovery process through federal incentives and loan guarantees. President Obama was the first to admit on his weekly radio and Web address that the recovery from recession will be a slow and tortuous affair. billion in money taken from the $787 billion economic stimulus that Obama drove through the U.S.

Sightline Sues Obama Administration over Crude Oil Exports and Illegal Secrecy

Sightline Daily

Although such shipments are for the most part illegal today, the Obama Administration is quietly changing the rules to favor oil exporters. We are asking the Courts to force the Obama Administration to do what it was legally required to by March 11: release information about its secretive deals with oil exporters to the public. Over the past year, the Obama Administration has started caving to industry wishes.

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Georgia Activists Greet Obama, Keep the Pressure On - Compass

Sierra Club Compass

Our Distributed Future: M2M, Energy, and Water Access » Georgia Activists Greet Obama, Keep the Pressure On. But that didn't discourage Georgia activists from greeting President Obama during a recent last-minute stop in Atlanta. During his State of the Union address, Obama said , "We can choose to believe that Superstorm Sandy, and the most severe drought in decades, and the worst wildfires some states have ever seen, were all just a freak coincidence. Compass.

Oil Leases Removed By Obama Administration

Eco Friendly Daily

Within weeks of coming into power, the Obama administration removed the lease options. Days before the Bush administration left office, the administration permitted leases to oil companies near national parks, specifically in Utah. 77 leases were permitted around Utah national parks, most near the famous Arches National Park. However, 30 of these leases may yet again be auctioned off to oil companies in spite of criticism.

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Obama's Climate Legacy and the Keystone XL Pipeline - Compass

Sierra Club Compass

« New Campaign Calls for Climate, Clean Energy Leadership from President Obama | Main. Becky: A Tribute to a Friend and a Hero » Obamas Climate Legacy and the Keystone XL Pipeline. In the years to come, daily decisions on thousands of issues will be compressed into one or two that will come to define President Obama—and our time. Barack Obama's legacy as 44th president of the United States of America begins to take shape the moment his second term begins.

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What Obama's Climate Announcement Means for Coal and Clean Energy

Sierra Club Compass

A crowd rallied in support of President Obama''s climate plan outside his speech today at Georgetown University. Coal-fired power plants are the nation''s single biggest source of the carbon pollution that threatens our kids'' future, and today President Obama made an announcement that puts us a big step closer to turning the corner on climate change - and has big implications for coal and clean energy.

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Obama may still buckle on Keystone

Green Blog

This Talking Points Memo article says Republicans have no expectations of getting Obama to sign infrastructure legislation including a Keystone rider, but they’ll attach the rider anyway as a pure political play: to blame Obama during the campaign for opposing job creation and economic growth. Obama’s new all-or-nothing energy policy proudly includes record hikes in American oil and gas exploration.

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Yigal Azroul’s Scarf for Obama’s Runway to Win

Eco Chic

Coincidentally, when I was virtually wandering through the Runway to Win online shop , which Vogue ‘s Anna Wintour put together to raise money for Obama’s re-election campaign, I was immediately drawn to this totally gorgeous scarf —which of course is by the aforementioned Azroul. Fair Fashion Anna Wintour Barack Obama eco fashion election made in usa Obama runway to win scarf Vogue Yigal Azroul

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How Obama Can Slow the Rising of the Oceans with World Bank Appointee

Green Prophet

Over the next few weeks, President Obama has a fateful personnel decision to make, and one that will influence the world’s climate, in a way that he has been unable to do through the recalcitrant billionaire-funded opposition congress in the US. World Bank President Robert Zoellick, a Bush-appointee, will step down in June, and President Obama is responsible for proposing the selection of his replacement.

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Obama Overload

Living In a Toxic World

There has been some analysis, if you can call it that, on President Obama's recent media appearances. Tags: economics Obama health environment politics I'm not feeling overload because he's on TV every night. I'm feeling overloaded by the doom and gloom and the growing want to fix every problem now with loads of money. While I agree that the economy, health, education and the environment all need attention I'm worried that none of them will get "fixed".

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