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Obama Energy Policy

The Obama Administration's All-of-the-Above Energy Policy

Tom Engelhardt | Posted 09.27.2014 | Green
Tom Engelhardt

Our "global warming" president has consistently championed reforms (of a modest sort) to combat climate change. These, however, fit uncomfortably with his administration's anything-goes menu of oil and gas exploration and exploitation that is distinctly in the drill-baby-drill mode.

Obama's Clean Air Standards: An Economic Bonus?

Hal Harvey | Posted 08.12.2014 | Green
Hal Harvey

Bad policy locks in old technology through "grandfather clauses," specifies particular technology approaches, or tries to build customized regulations for every company and situation. This approach creates enormous costs.

Enviro Groups Have Harsh Words For Obama After SOTU

AP | DINA CAPPIELLO and MATTHEW DALY | Posted 01.30.2014 | Green

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama is sticking to a fossil-fuel dependent energy policy, delivering a blow to a monthslong, behind-the-scenes ...

Obama Administration To Decide On Future Of Atlantic Drilling

AP | EMERY P. DALESIO | Posted 02.22.2014 | Green

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Southern politicians and energy industry groups are increasing the push to allow drilling off the U.S. Atlantic Coast for oil a...

A War on Coal?

William S. Becker | Posted 11.23.2013 | Politics
William S. Becker

Is President Obama waging a war on coal? That's the allegation from the coal industry and its champions in Congress as the Administration cracks down ...

To Save the Planet, Obama Sets White House A/C to 85 Degrees

Bill Frezza | Posted 09.28.2013 | Comedy
Bill Frezza

The President, appearing in the White House briefing room dressed only in swim trunks, announced that for the duration of the summer, all thermostats in the White House will be set to 85 degrees.

Sabrina Siddiqui

House GOP Finds Another Way To Stall Climate Change Reform | Sabrina Siddiqui | Posted 07.24.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Rep. Marsha Blackburn is not a fan. The Tennessee Republican says new regulations on energy efficiency will overly burden businesses...

Cleaner Air With New Fuel and Vehicle Standards

Gene Karpinski | Posted 06.20.2013 | Green
Gene Karpinski

With more than half of all Americans still living in places with dangerous levels of pollution in the air, it is now more important than ever that we finalize these new fuel and vehicle standards.

Obama Planning To Tackle Global Warming

AP | DINA CAPPIELLO and JOSH LEDERMAN | Posted 08.19.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama is planning a major push using executive powers to tackle the pollution blamed for global warming in an effo...

The Continuing Alaska Shut-out Scandal

Newt Gingrich | Posted 08.17.2013 | Politics
Newt Gingrich

Anyone who has been paying attention knows that bureaucrats throughout the government are routinely abusing their power to advance their ideology and that of the current administration. Nowhere is this more obvious than in the administration's aggressive obstruction of American energy.

Hiding Renewables Inside the 'All of the Above' Energy Strategy Won't Work

Steven Cohen | Posted 05.18.2013 | Green
Steven Cohen

The basic research on alternative energy so vital to America's future will not take place until we elect a Congress willing to spend more money on science and technology research.

Coal Country Fights For Its Way Of Life

Reuters | Posted 04.07.2013 | Green

By Daniel Trotta BEALLSVILLE, Ohio, Feb 5 (Reuters) - Leon Lieser has been a coal miner 49 years, his bent fingers testament to his fi...

Obama To Confront Oil Pipeline, Climate Change

AP | MATTHEW DALY | Posted 01.17.2013 | Green

WASHINGTON -- President Barack Obama's second-term energy agenda is taking shape and, despite the departure of key Cabinet officials, it looks a lot l...

After The Cliff, Another Mountain To Climb: The Twin Peaks Of Climate Change And Energy

Frank Sesno | Posted 03.19.2013 | Politics
Frank Sesno

As President Obama prepares to take the oath for a second term, he has an opportunity to reframe the conversation around climate change and energy. It's the right time to climb up this next mountain. And the view is always better from the top.

The Promises and Challenges of Wind Power in the US

Swara Salih | Posted 03.11.2013 | Green
Swara Salih

While wind energy can seem like a near-ideal solution to our environmental and energy issues, it has not been without its challenges in the United States. But with sufficient R&D into offshore wind farms, the U.S. energy market could open a new chapter for the wind industry.

Energy Sector Disruption: Three Political Lessons From 2012

Peter Gardett | Posted 03.04.2013 | Business
Peter Gardett

A heavily contested presidential election against the background of sweeping changes in the energy sector itself proved a perfect time to reexamine long-held theories about the politics of energy.

We Need a Sustainable Energy Plan

Lucian Spataro | Posted 12.24.2012 | Green
Lucian Spataro

Environmental issues haven't been a main topic of the election. Why? Because they have no credible environmental track record to promote (in the case of Obama) or no plan that can be explained in a few words or less (in the case of Romney).

When It Comes to Our Energy Future, Voters Have a Clear Choice

Heather Taylor-Miesle | Posted 12.17.2012 | Green
Heather Taylor-Miesle

We need to build a modern energy system. We can't power a 21st century economy on a 20th century energy system. There should be no debate about that.

The New 'Golden Age of Oil' That Wasn't

Michael T. Klare | Posted 12.04.2012 | Green
Michael T. Klare

Those like Mitt Romney who claim that the United States can achieve energy "independence" by 2020 or any other near-term date are only fooling themselves, and perhaps some elements of the American public.

Is Barack Obama Morphing Into Dick Cheney?

Michael T. Klare | Posted 08.21.2012 | Politics
Michael T. Klare

As recent events have demonstrated, Obama's energy policies globally bear an eerie likeness to Cheney's, especially in the way he has engaged in the geopolitics of oil as part of an American global struggle for future dominance among the major powers.

Sabrina Siddiqui

Obama Touts Clean Energy in Battleground State | Sabrina Siddiqui | Posted 05.24.2012 | Politics

Despite sustained criticisms from the oil industry and his presumptive general election opponent on energy issues, President Barack Obama has, in rece...

Obama Pushes 'To-Do List,' Hits Mitt In Battleground State

AP | KEN THOMAS | Posted 07.24.2012 | Politics

SAN JOSE, Calif. — As President Barack Obama readies for a return to the Iowa State Fairgrounds, his campaign is reminding voters that it was in...

Obama's Soros-Controlled Energy Council

Ken Blackwell | Posted 07.10.2012 | Politics
Ken Blackwell

If natural gas is an already cheap and abundant source of energy, why would we subsidize it? The answer may be found with the Soros Management Fund.

It's Time to Tango: The Case for a Reinvigorated Western Hemisphere Energy Strategy

Federico F. Peña | Posted 06.14.2012 | World
Federico F. Peña

A fulsome approach to developing the Western Hemisphere's energy potential would have a profoundly positive impact on America's energy security.

Obama Pressures Congress To End Big Subsidies

AP | Posted 05.29.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama's plea to Congress to end $4 billion in tax subsidies to oil companies was rebuffed Thursday as the Senate t...