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David Doniger
David Doniger is the director of NRDC's Climate and Clean Air Program, focusing on policies to cut global warming pollution from power plants, motor vehicles and other major industries. David first began at NRDC in 1978 and worked on clean air issues for the next 14 years, helping to win adoption of the landmark Montreal Protocol (to stop depletion of the ozone layer) and the Clean Air Act amendments of 1990. David rejoined NRDC in 2001 after serving for eight years in the Clinton administration, where he was director of climate change policy at the Environmental Protection Agency and, before that, counsel to the head of the EPA's clean air program; he also worked for a year at the Council on Environmental Quality. He blogs on NRDC's Switchboard.

Entries by David Doniger

NRDC's Initial Take on EPA's New Ideas that Could Strengthen or Weaken the Clean Power Plan's Carbon Pollution Limits

(1) Comments | Posted October 31, 2014 | 4:54 PM

This summer and fall the EPA has continued its marathon stakeholder outreach and listening process on its Clean Power Plan to clean up dangerous carbon pollution. The supplemental notice and new ideas that EPA issued for public comment on October 28th reflect EPA's interest in hearing from all...

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The Congress That's Hazardous to Your Health: Two More Nasty Little Bills from House Republicans

(6) Comments | Posted July 20, 2012 | 5:35 PM

This week, the Republican leadership of the House Energy and Commerce Committee is planning to continue its war on Americans’ health by passing two more nasty little bills to weaken public health safeguards under the Clean Air Act.  

Over the last 18 months, the Committee and the full House...

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Gas Price Snake Oil: Fred Upton's EPA-Blocking Bill Will Put More of Your Money in Oil Industry Pockets

(1) Comments | Posted March 15, 2011 | 12:48 PM

Some politicians will say anything to gain from the pain Americans are feeling at the pump. 

Anyone watching the news knows that pump prices are rising because world-wide demand is recovering after the recession, oil traders are speculating over turmoil in the Middle East, and U.S. oil companies are only...

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Washington Lobbyists and Prophets of Doom

(5) Comments | Posted December 21, 2010 | 5:51 PM

Sidewalk prophets of doom and Washington lobbyists know the best time to hype an “end of the world” story is just before the world is scheduled to come to an end.  But the sidewalks are littered with the placards of doomsayers whose predictions flopped. 

That’s why industry lobbyists have...

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Forward or Backward on Global Warming?

(5) Comments | Posted July 22, 2010 | 1:45 PM

Visit NRDCs Switchboard BlogA year ago, the House of Representatives passed clean energy and climate legislation that would put America on the road towards the carbon pollution reductions we desperately need for our economic, environmental, and national security. 

Today, in a House appropriations subcommittee,...

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First Do No Harm: Making Sure an Energy Bill Doesn't Fuel Global Warming

(5) Comments | Posted July 7, 2010 | 5:44 PM

Visit NRDCs Switchboard BlogAs the President and Senators consider their options on energy and climate legislation, it’s important to be clear about what will move the country forward and what will move it backward.  Will our leaders put us on the road towards the carbon...

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The Lugar Energy Plan: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly

(3) Comments | Posted June 29, 2010 | 11:00 PM

Visit NRDCs Switchboard BlogSenator Richard Lugar (R-IN) introduced S. 3464 – dubbed the “Practical Energy and Climate Plan Act” – on June 6, 2010.  The bill’s biggest flaw is that it establishes no overall limit or price signal on the carbon pollution that is...

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The Three Biggest Honkers from Senator Murkowski and Her Supporters

(2) Comments | Posted June 10, 2010 | 10:45 AM

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They say truth is the first casualty in war.  Senator Murkowski is leading a war to destroy the Clean Air Act as a tool to combat climate change.  Her resolution to veto the Environmental Protection Agency’s science-based “endangerment” finding comes...

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Baseball Cap and Trade

(0) Comments | Posted June 4, 2010 | 1:19 PM

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The big news yesterday was the heart-breaking story of Tiger pitcher Armando Galarraga's almost Perfect Game. Galaragga was robbed of this ultimate achievement by an umpire's blown call on what should have been the final out of yesterday's game against the...

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Senate Climate and Energy Bill Boosts U.S. Manufacturing

(2) Comments | Posted May 20, 2010 | 11:57 AM

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In the quest for 60 votes for climate and energy legislation, one essential group is a manufacturing caucus of about a dozen Senators, led by Sherrod Brown (D-OH).  Last summer, and again last month, the “Brown Dogs” (as they are...

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American Power Act: NRDC's "First Read" of the Kerry-Lieberman Climate and Energy Legislation

(1) Comments | Posted May 13, 2010 | 11:13 AM

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Senators John Kerry (D-MA) and Joe Lieberman (I-CT) unveiled today the long-awaited draft of their American Power Act.  The launch of their bill kicks off an intensive effort to pass comprehensive climate and energy legislation in the Senate this...

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Seven Murkowski Mistakes About the Clean Air Act and Global Warming

(0) Comments | Posted January 26, 2010 | 9:27 AM

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In her recent floor speech attacking the Clean Air Act as a tool to protect Americans from global warming, Senator Lisa Murkowski made error after error on how the nation’s most successful pollution control law works, how it will...

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The Copenhagen Accord: A Big Step Forward

(3) Comments | Posted December 23, 2009 | 4:48 PM

The Copenhagen climate deal that President Obama hammered out Friday night with the leaders of China, India, Brazil and South Africa broke through years of negotiating gridlock to achieve three critical goals.  First, it provides for real cuts in heat-trapping carbon pollution by all of the world’s big emitters. ...

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Two Moves by the U.S. and China That Could Unlock the Copenhagen Chess Game

(0) Comments | Posted December 16, 2009 | 12:39 PM

The Copenhagen climate summit is coming to its moment of truth, and all eyes will be on the United States and China. Together these two countries account for 42 percent of world CO2 emissions. One is responsible for the largest share of past emissions; the other for the largest share...

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Analysis of the Clean Energy Jobs and American Power Act

(6) Comments | Posted October 10, 2009 | 2:10 PM

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On September 30th, Senators John Kerry and Barbara Boxer introduced the Clean Energy Jobs and American Power Act.  This important step toward enacting effective and sustainable climate and energy policy will help power our economic recovery by investing...

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California Dreamin': EPA Grants Landmark Waiver on Greenhouse Gases

(1) Comments | Posted July 1, 2009 | 12:46 PM

NRDC's Switchboard BlogThe Environmental Protection Agency announced today that it will give California the long-awaited green light to enforce its landmark standards to cut global warming pollution from new motor vehicles.

This is a major step in implementing the clean car...

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Terms of Endangerment: EPA to Cut Global Warming Pollution

(2) Comments | Posted April 18, 2009 | 12:36 PM

Visit NRDCs Switchboard BlogAt long last, the Environmental Protection Agency today officially recognized that the carbon pollution from our cars and power plants leads to killer heat waves, stronger hurricanes, higher smog levels, and many other direct and indirect threats to human...

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"First Read" of the Waxman-Markey Energy and Climate Discussion Draft

(6) Comments | Posted April 2, 2009 | 12:39 PM

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Congressmen Henry Waxman and Ed Markey today released their long-awaited "discussion draft" of the American Clean Energy and Security Act - a bold starting point for passing comprehensive energy and climate legislation through Congress this year.

Release of...

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Cleaner Cars -- The Race to the Top?

(1) Comments | Posted February 5, 2009 | 2:40 PM

Just a short time ago, the nation's biggest automakers -- including General Motors, Ford, and Chrysler -- had Washington tied up in knots and California bent around the axle. But last week President Obama put the nation on a new path towards cleaner, more efficient cars.

-The president...

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