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D.A. Barber
D.A. Barber’s 30-years as a energy/environment business investigative journalist includes both print, and commercial and public radio news in New York, Los Angeles, and Arizona.

He received a 1981 Los Angeles Press Club Award for his work for the LA Weekly; independently wrote/produced a public radio documentary on Three Mile Island at KPFK-FM; and a second radio documentary on the environmental movement that aired nationally on Earth Day 1994.

Barber spent the last 18 months covering sub-Saharan Africa development (primarily energy and infrastructure) for the business website Prior to that he did a stint as a writer/analyst covering the global solar (PV) industry for Taiwan-based

Barber's other special “beat” includes tracking energy development, environmental, and climate policy and politics in the southwestern U.S.

Entries by D.A. Barber

Exporting America's Oil No Longer a Slick Idea

(0) Comments | Posted December 5, 2015 | 5:49 PM

It's time to throw out those "American Energy Independence" bumper stickers from the 2012 election and forget about US energy self-sufficiency because now the oil industry's top priority is to repeal the 40-year-old ban on exporting America's oil.

This is the reason the oil lobby has dropped any reference to US...

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Will Obama's Kenya Trip Salvage His 'Power Africa' Legacy?

(1) Comments | Posted July 23, 2015 | 7:34 PM

President Obama is visiting Kenya and Ethiopia this weekend to "build on the success of the August 2014 U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit," as well as "accelerate economic growth, strengthen democratic institutions, and improve security," according to the White House.

It could also help Obama's African legacy.

"The legacy of the...

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GOP Candidates Bound to Feel 'Climate Shock' on the Campaign Trail

(2) Comments | Posted June 18, 2015 | 10:37 AM

Of the 12 declared Republican presidential candidates, only two have acknowledged climate-related problems.

For the others, the campaign trail to the 2016 election is going to involve dancing around climate change issues depending on who their stump speech is directed at -- and it is getting tougher by the...

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Sec. of Interior Jewell's Halloween Speech Praising "Fracking" Was Truly Frightening

(1) Comments | Posted November 3, 2013 | 7:08 PM

You may have seen all the glowing reviews of Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell's Halloween speech trumpeting "the Administration's vision for conservation that will strengthen our economy and ensure that we pass along our nation's rich legacy to the next generation."

But watching Secretary Jewell's National Press Club speech...

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'Big Coal' Favored Over Electric Power Competition in Arizona?

(0) Comments | Posted October 14, 2013 | 2:14 PM

Arizona's storied battle over net metering is expected to come to a head in mid-October, when the five-member Arizona Corporation Commission (ACC) decides to vote on it, or send it before an administrative law judge. But before Arizona's net metering issue ever surfaced, the state utility commission had...

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Green Groups and Conservatives Agree: Legalize Eco-friendly Drone Hunting!

(0) Comments | Posted July 24, 2013 | 2:16 AM

Finally, a common thread that groups on radically opposite sides of a variety of environmental issues can agree on. In fact, it's such a no-brainer that even the overpaid heads of the most status quo of the "Big Green" environmental groups can justify rallying behind this one.

After all, opening...

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Is Obama's "Power Africa" Simply Enabling More Climate Change?

(28) Comments | Posted July 18, 2013 | 12:14 PM

Since President Obama's trip to Africa, attention has continued to focus on energy development in Tanzania -- including the nomination of a White House insider as U.S. Ambassador.

In his June 30 speech in South Africa, Obama announced the "Power Africa" pledge of $7 billion, with another...

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Obama Should Lift U.S. Solar Tariffs During His China Meeting

(5) Comments | Posted June 3, 2013 | 9:59 AM

President Obama's June 7 meeting with China's President Xi Jinping is the perfect opportunity to pull the plug on U.S. "anti-dumping" tariffs impacting the import of Chinese solar PV panels. In fact, leading up to that meeting, China has been also voicing its objections over similar tariffs Europe is considering...

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Can NRA Tactics Sell Keystone and "Energy Independence?"

(6) Comments | Posted May 22, 2013 | 5:03 PM

If you've noticed the rhetoric about the Keystone pipeline heating up lately, it's because the folks at the American Petroleum Institute are getting nervous.

The 500-member oil and gas industry group is behind the current "What Does it Take to Make America Run?" TV campaign seen during important broadcast news...

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The Energy Boom: American Indians Need Not Apply?

(8) Comments | Posted April 30, 2013 | 8:42 PM

Though it is no shock that the nation's 6.2 million American Indians have the highest national poverty rates, where the highest of those poverty rates exist says something about the hiring practices and economic priorities of those states currently experiencing budget surpluses and low unemployment as the current...

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Now, Can Obama Be the "Science" President?

(43) Comments | Posted December 5, 2012 | 12:05 PM

Really? How old is the Earth?

The election is over, but the science-denying campaign lingers. Maybe it's a good time the president finally leads the charge against an ideology that dictates to its acolytes that all science is a hoax.

President Obama has often talked impressive science policy as the...

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Mr. President: You Can't "Rebuild America" Without Creating Green Jobs

(132) Comments | Posted September 8, 2011 | 8:05 PM

The recent hurricanes, floods, wildfires and tornadoes have only underscored the overwhelming task at hand needed to rebuild America's infrastructure.

Those families with their homes still intact -- and who have solar panels -- are not worrying about power outages because of the collapse of our 19th-century technology of stretching...

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A Green Transportation Dialog Should Start During National Train Day and Transportation Week

(1) Comments | Posted May 5, 2011 | 1:56 PM

Amtrak celebrated 40 years as "America's Railroad" on Sunday, May 1, 2011, a celebration that continues on National Train Day this Saturday, May 7th.

Transportation will stay in the limelight as the country celebrates National Transportation Week 2011, May 16th through the 22nd. In the meantime, Congress struggles to hammer...

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Now the Gulf Spill Companies Are In-Fighting Over Insurance

(9) Comments | Posted May 28, 2010 | 5:38 PM

The Gulf Coast spill is still sloshing oil onto more than 65 miles of shoreline, including Louisiana's nurseries for shrimp, oysters, crabs and fish.

While lawmakers unsuccessfully tried for a third time to increase the size of liability damages facing the companies to $10 billion, Transocean has asked a...

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Are Obama's Energy Plans Jinxed?

(106) Comments | Posted May 26, 2010 | 3:46 PM

President Obama's inability -- or unwillingness -- to take control of the Gulf Coast oil disaster seems to be part of a larger pattern. Many environmentalists say they feel betrayed by a president they thought would end, or sharply limit, many environmental horrors of the past.

Obama has promised...

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"National Park Week" is Bittersweet

(0) Comments | Posted April 20, 2010 | 12:11 PM

The coming weekend is the last chance to get in one of the 392 national parks for free during National Park Week, April 17-25. Normally, 146 parks charge entrance fees ranging from $3 to $25. The annual celebration is designed to encourage people to visit the Parks to "connect with...

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Space: The "New West" Frontier

(11) Comments | Posted April 15, 2010 | 7:33 PM

On April 15, President Obama visited the swing-vote state of Florida to host a Conference charting the National Aeronautics and Space Administration's (NASA) new vision for America's future in space and "the new technologies, new jobs, and new industries it will create."

"Let me start by being extremely clear,...

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Hot Rocks: Hidden Cost and Foreign Ownership of "Clean" Nuclear Fuel Emerging

(20) Comments | Posted March 30, 2010 | 4:57 PM

Western U.S. supporters of "clean" nuclear power say it means more jobs at uranium mines and mills. But critics say the escalating costs of past uranium facility clean-up, billion-dollar subsidies, and the fact that most of the companies are foreign-owned, has seemingly gone unnoticed.

During the State of the Union...

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