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While You Were Distracted by Keystone XL

November 23, 2015 by Robert Rapier

Earlier this month, after a debate that spanned nearly the entire duration of his presidency, President Obama finally rejected the proposed Keystone XL pipeline project. He had been heavily criticized on this issue from many angles, including by me, for his long-running failure to make a decision.[read more]

The Keystone Rejection and the Shift Back toward OPEC

November 16, 2015 by Geoffrey Styles

Although the International Energy Agency's latest warning of future energy security risks doesn't mention the Keystone XL pipeline, it provides important context for assessing President Obama's decision turning down that project's application.[read more]


President Obama Approves Drilling in the Arctic: Should We Be Outraged?

May 14, 2015 by Jesse Jenkins

On Monday, the Obama Administration gave conditional approval for Royal Dutch Shell to begin exploratory drilling for oil in the Arctic waters off the northern coast of Alaska. On environmental grounds alone, I think drilling offshore in the Arctic is a foolish risk.[read more]

The Emergence and Importance of President Obama's Climate Policy

March 25, 2015 by Steven Cohen

President Obama recently signed an executive order directing federal agencies over the next decade to cut their emissions by an average of 40 percent compared with their levels when he won office in 2008, and to increase their use of electricity from renewable sources by 30 percent.[read more]

SOTU and the U.S.-China Climate Change Agreement

January 31, 2015 by Barbara Finamore

United States and China Agreements

On January 20th President Barack Obama delivered his State of the Union 2015 address, in which he focused much attention on climate change. It is vitally important for the president to make the case forcefully to the American public, and thus signal to the rest of the world the need for strong climate action.[read more]

Obama and Modi Signal a Shift Towards Action on a Global Climate Deal

January 28, 2015 by NRDC Switchboard

Obama and Mode and Climate Action

Amidst the Republic Day celebrations on Monday, President Obama and Prime Minister Modi signaled a stronger relationship in fighting global climate change and growing clean energy markets. The leaders of the largest democracies in the world agreed to cooperate on several climate-related issues.[read more]

The Path to a Safe Climate Goes Through India

January 26, 2015 by Durwood Zaelke

India and Climate Change Action

It seems fitting that NASA scientists announced that 2014 was the hottest year on record immediately before Prime Minister Modi and President Obama meet in India. Because they have a unique opportunity to set the world on a path to address more than half of the projected global warming through mid-century.[read more]


Missing from the State of the Union: A Carbon Price

January 23, 2015 by Jason Brown

Many in the climate community are applauding President Obama’s discussion of climate change in his recent State of the Union speech. But he did not present a policy for placing a limit on, and then reducing, the amount of greenhouse gases we emit. What he did not advocate for was a price on carbon. Why?[read more]

Obama's Victory Lap: State of the Union Speech Celebrates Domestic Energy Changes

January 22, 2015 by Stephen Lacey

President Obama has outlined energy policy goals in every one of his State of the Union addresses. But he avoided specifics in his Stat of the Union speech and instead celebrated positive domestic changes in fossil fuels and renewable electricity.[read more]


Keystone XL Pipeline Project Update: The President Claims the Economic Benefits Will Be Minimal

December 22, 2014 by John Miller

Obama and the Keystone XL Pipeline

During the President’s December 20th press conference he stated his position not to support the Keystone pipeline now includes the lack of economic benefits, claiming the benefits of the project will be minimal compared to risks and costs. Is this new claim in opposition to the Keystone XL pipeline reasonable?[read more]

Everyone Likes to Breathe

December 3, 2014 by Steven Cohen

This past week, at President Obama's direction, the Environmental Protection Agency continued to use its extensive powers granted under the Clean Air Act (thank you, 1970 United States Congress) and announced a new, tighter regulation on ozone pollution.[read more]

Clinton (well, Gore) Went to Kyoto. Obama Went to Beijing

November 20, 2014 by Maximilian Auffhammer

Obama and International Climate Deals


Last week, United States President Obama and China's Premier Xi stood together announcing a deal on emissions reductions between these two great nations. The fact that such a bilateral agreement is possible and sealed with a handshake is a big deal.[read more]

Historic Announcement Shows US and China Are Serious about Fighting Climate Change

November 15, 2014 by Frances Beinecke

President Obama and President Xi Jinping announced ambitious new plans to reduce climate change pollution. This marks a turning point in the fight against global warming. The world’s two largest emitters of carbon pollution have come together to set firm targets for cutting emissions.[read more]

Historic US-China Climate Deal Is a Sign of Clean Energy's Growing Political Strength

November 13, 2014 by Stephen Lacey

President Obama was supposed to be focusing on trade during his trip to Asia this week. No one expected him to pull off a landmark climate deal. After nine months of talks, the White House announced that the U.S. and China had agreed to historic joint targets for reducing carbon dioxide emissions.[read more]

A New Flank in China's War on Pollution? Controlling Emissions from Ports and Shipping

November 5, 2014 by NRDC Switchboard

China Pollution Prevention

As President Obama and other Asia-Pacific leaders gather in Beijing for the upcoming Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation Summit, climate change and air pollution will undoubtedly be on the agenda. This summit provides an important opportunity to address the pollutants from China's ports and shipping system.[read more]