Category Archives: Obama Administration

More on why Keystone XL is not in the national or global interest

The State Department's Keystone XL tar sands pipeline environmental impact statement doesn’t include any scenario in which the U.S. comes anywhere close to meeting the Obama administration's climate goals, Peter Sinclair at Climate Crocks points out. The study fails to disclose that … Continue reading

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Comment to State Department on Keystone XL pipeline "National Interest Determination"

Secretary Kerry already knows the answer to the question of whether granting a permit for the Keystone XL pipeline is in the national interest: the pipeline is not in the U.S. interest and it is not in the global interest. Climate … Continue reading

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Keystone is about more than one pipeline

"Environmentalists have decided that enough is enough," says Rep. Raul Grijalva (D-Arizona). "Keystone is about more than one pipeline. It is about establishing once and for all whether we have moved on from the disastrous Bush-Cheney view of environmental policy. … Continue reading

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On Keystone XL, John Kerry, and the global interest

Secretary of State Kerry calls on developing countries to reduce their carbon emissions, while U.S. corporations push exports of coal, oil, and natural gas. In the U.S. "National Interest Determination" on whether to approve construction of the Keystone XL tar sands … Continue reading

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Keystone XL tar sands pipeline & the "National Interest"

The release of the State Department's Environmental Impact Statement on the proposed Keystone XL tar sands pipeline initiates the final stage in the permitting process: the 90-day National Interest Determination. The multiple reasons to oppose granting a construction permit include an … Continue reading

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Moving White House regulatory review away from political roadblocks

Are we seeing a shift in Obama's priorities away from using the regulatory review process to avoid picking fights with special interests? It appears that, under the new administrator of the White House Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs, the backlog … Continue reading

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Unleash John Holdren -- beyond the Polar Vortex video

Is a recently posted video on the polar vortex by Obama science adviser John Holdren a sign that the White House is finally ready to unleash this powerfully articulate climate science and policy communicator, after clearly holding him back during … Continue reading

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White House roadblock for environment, safety, and health regulation

A new report from the Administrative Conference of the United States suggests that political interference by the White House delayed numerous federal agency rulemakings in the run-up to the 2012 election. By 2013, proposed rules on clean air and water, … Continue reading

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Federal Arctic scientist Charles Monnett vindicated in whistleblower case against Obama administration

Dr. Monnett, whose observations of drowned polar bears raised alarms about climate change, had filed a whistleblower complaint in the wake of a witch hunt investigation by the U.S. Interior Department's Inspector General. The case has been settled with a … Continue reading

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A good new scientific integrity official at EPA

Congratulations to EPA on appointing Francesca Grifo of the Union of Concerned Scientists as the agency's new scientific integrity official. Hopefully Dr. Grifo will be able to bring about some changes as appropriate on matters of concern that she is well-aware … Continue reading

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