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  • Trump administration backs Obama-led climate effort

    11/25/2017 4:40:51 AM PST · by Pinkbell · 43 replies
    Axios ^ | November 26, 2017 | Amy Harder
    A career State Department official speaking at a conference Thursday on behalf of the Trump administration backed a climate policy then-President Obama pursued shortly before he left office. The policy phases down powerful greenhouse gases found in a range of everyday appliances. This is the most explicit and public the Trump administration has been about supporting it. The big picture: The conference, held this week in Montreal, is about a recent amendment to the Montreal Protocol, a global treaty created 30 years ago to fix the hole in the Earth's ozone layer, which is now it's achieving its goal. World...
  • Obama touts Paris accord despite 'temporary absence of US leadership'

    07/03/2017 12:12:56 PM PDT · by E. Pluribus Unum · 36 replies
    Communist News Network ^ | July 3, 2017 | Eugene Scott
    (CNN)Former President Barack Obama championed global leaders' commitment to the Paris Agreement Monday despite the US' withdrawal from the accord. "The Paris agreement, even with the temporary absence of US leadership, will still be a critical factor in helping our children solve the enormous challenge in civilization," Obama said at a Seoul conference organized by South Korea's Chosun Ilbo media group. President Donald Trump's decision to withdraw from the Paris climate agreement in June was criticized by some as shifting leadership of global efforts to limit climate change to Asia. Trump said last month he was open to renegotiating aspects...
  • Barack Obama in Milan: Climate Change ‘Created by Man’ and ‘Can Be Solved by Man’

    05/09/2017 7:38:50 AM PDT · by Helicondelta · 41 replies ^ | 9 May 2017
    Former President Barack Obama returned to his gospel of climate change alarmism, preaching to Italians in Milan about the impending doom facing the planet. “When it comes to climate change, the hour is almost upon us,” he warned, urging the world to “set aside our parochial differences” to create a better planet for the world’s children. The former president spoke at the “Seeds and Chips” global innovation summit on food, but Obama used the occasion to focus on his climate change agenda and his signature Obamacare legislation. “If we seize the future, there is nothing that we cannot do …...
  • Vocal Ex-President Barack Obama Desperate to Save His Legacy from Donald Trump

    05/08/2017 9:21:38 AM PDT · by Stopthethreat · 26 replies
    Despite his voiced desire to stay out of the political theater, former president Barack Obama returned again to defend his presidency and speak out against his successor Donald Trump. The former president has repeatedly spoken out against Republicans and their policies, facing a sharp reversal of his presidency. “I want to be quiet a little bit and not hear myself talk so darn much,” Obama said to reporters during the last press conference of his presidency. But it’s clear that the president has no intention of staying out of the public spotlight. On Sunday, the president urged members of Congress...
  • Obama to discuss climate change in Italy

    05/08/2017 9:24:43 AM PDT · by yoe · 16 replies
    The Hill ^ | May 8, 2017 | Rebecca Savransky
    Obama: We Need Courage to 'Seek Common Ground' Former President Barack Obama is traveling to Italy, where he will speak this week about food security and climate change. The former president is expected to go to Milan to meet with several Italians and discuss the issues. On Monday, the former president is scheduled to meet with former Prime Minister Matteo Renzi. That evening, he will attend a private dinner held by the Institute for International Political Studies.
  • Obama gives another $500 million to Green Climate Fund

    01/17/2017 12:47:54 PM PST · by PROCON · 46 replies ^ | Jan. 17, 2017 | JOHN SICILIANO
    The Obama administration approved another $500 million contribution for a United Nations' climate fund on Tuesday, a move that is expected to infuriate Republicans who have sought to stop the payments.~SNIP~Environmental groups applauded the contribution and warned the incoming Trump administration not to reverse the U.S.'s obligations to support the fund.~SNIP~"The incoming Trump administration and Congress must not play politics with the moral and legal obligation of the U.S. to provide assistance through the Green Climate Fund for those whose lives and livelihoods are today being devastated by climate change," said Friends of the Earth.
  • Obama administration gives $500m to UN climate change fund (3 days before he leaves office).

    01/18/2017 9:01:48 AM PST · by fision · 16 replies
    WBN News (UK) ^ | 01/18/2017
    The US government has given half a billion dollars to the UN’s Green Climate Fund, just three days before Donald Trump takes office. Barack Obama’s outgoing administration announced the contribution of $500m (£406m; €468m) on Tuesday, bringing the total funds to date to $1bn. Mr Obama pledged in 2014 to give $3bn to help tackle the effects of climate change in the poorest countries. Mr Trump has previously called global warming a hoax. The president-elect has also threatened to pull the US out of the Paris accord – a global agreement on curbing greenhouse gas emissions – and America’s commitment...
  • Trump rollback of Obama climate agenda may prove challenging

    11/29/2016 10:58:03 AM PST · by PROCON · 18 replies
    AP ^ | Nov. 29, 2016 | MICHAEL BIESECKER
    WASHINGTON (AP) — Donald Trump plans to dismantle President Barack Obama's efforts to reduce planet-warming carbon emissions. But delivering on his campaign pledges to abolish the Environmental Protection Agency and bring back tens of thousands of long-gone coal mining jobs could prove far more difficult. Internal documents from the president-elect's transition team reviewed by The Associated Press show the new administration plans to stop defending the Clean Power Plan and other recent Obama-era environmental regulations that have been the subject of long-running legal challenges filed by Republican-led states and the fossil fuel industry.
  • Under Trump shadow, climate talks set 2018 deadline to agree rules

    11/19/2016 9:12:10 AM PST · by Mariner · 13 replies
    Reuters ^ | November 19th, 2016 | By Alister Doyle and Megan Rowling | MARRAKESH, Morocco
    Nearly 200 nations agreed around midnight on Friday to work out the rules for a landmark 2015 global deal to tackle climate change within two years in a new sign of international support for a pact opposed by U.S. President-elect Donald Trump. At the end of two-week talks on global warming in Marrakesh, which were extended an extra day, many nations appealed to Trump, who has called climate change a hoax, to reconsider his threat to tear up the Paris Agreement for cutting greenhouse gas emissions. Showing determination to keep the Paris Agreement on track, the conference agreed to work...
  • Obama: Paris Climate Accord Best Possible Shot to 'Save' Planet

    10/05/2016 2:02:08 PM PDT · by Innovative · 41 replies
    NBC News ^ | Oct. 5, 2016 | NBCNews and Reuters
    A sweeping global agreement to combat climate change by shifting the world economy away from fossil fuels will take force next month after passing a threshold for ratification on Wednesday with support from European nations. President Obama, speaking from the Rose Garden, called the "Paris Agreement" potentially a "turning point" for our planet. "This gives us the best possible shot to save the one planet we've got," Obama said. Addressing climate change has been a core goal for the president and netting the Paris climate deal is considered a critical part of his environmental policy legacy. "One the reasons I...
  • Obama Calls Climate Change, Not Terrorism, Our Greatest Threat (flashback)

    09/26/2016 7:31:56 PM PDT · by RC one · 2 replies
    Free Beacon ^ | December 1, 2015 2:53 pm
    A new SuperCut video contrasts doomsday rhetoric from the Obama administration about climate change with news clips of terrorist attacks, plane bombings and beheadings by the Islamic State. President Obama, Vice President Joe Biden, and Secretary of State John Kerry offer the following words in the video about climate change. “Today, there is no greater threat to our planet than climate change.” “No challenge poses a greater threat to future generations than climate change.” “It is indeed one of the biggest threats facing our planet today.” “Climate change is the threat multiplier.”
  • The EPA’s “Power Plan” Is An Unlawful Power Grab

    09/23/2016 6:30:37 PM PDT · by george76 · 18 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | 09/23/2016 | Marlo Lewis
    The D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals will hear oral argument next Tuesday, September 27 on the Environmental Protection Agency’s so-called Clean Power Plan. The centerpiece of resident Obama’s climate policy agenda, the Plan establishes first-ever carbon dioxide (CO2) emission standards for “existing” (already built) coal and natural gas power plants. The Plan will increase consumer energy prices and impede job and GDP growth yet have no discernible effect on global temperatures or sea levels. However, that’s not why the Court should strike it down. The Court should overturn the Plan because it is an unlawful power grab. The Plan will...
  • Obama Directs Federal Agencies to Consider Climate Change As a National Security Issue

    09/22/2016 9:47:13 AM PDT · by rktman · 25 replies ^ | 9/22/2016 | Susan Jones
    In a Sept. 21 memo to his department heads, President Obama instructed all federal departments and agencies to consider the impact of climate change on national security. Obama states that it is the policy of the U.S. government to ensure that current and anticipated impacts of climate change be "identified and considered" in developing national security doctrine, policies and plans. "Climate change poses a significant and growing threat to national security, both at home and abroad," the memo says. Those threats, according to Obama, include flooding, drought, heat waves, intense precipitation, pest outbreaks, disease, and electricity problems, all of which...
  • Obama: We Have Conversations About Climate Change in the Situation Room(BARF!)

    09/16/2016 5:35:16 AM PDT · by rktman · 22 replies ^ | 9/15/2016 | staff
    “Dangerous changes in our climate, caused mainly by human activity; dead zones in our ocean, caused mainly by pollution that we create here on land; unsustainable fishing practices; unprotected marine areas, in which rare species and entire ecosystems are at risk -- all those things are happening now. They’ve been happening for a long time. So if we’re going to leave our children with oceans like the ones that were left to us then we're going to have to act. And we're going to have to act boldly…. “One of the reasons I ran for President was to make sure...
  • U.S., China ratify Paris climate deal, setting stage for G20

    09/03/2016 9:22:50 AM PDT · by ameribbean expat · 22 replies
    China and the United States ratified the Paris agreement to cut climate-warming emissions on Saturday, marking a major step toward the enactment of the pact as early as the end of the year and setting the stage for other countries to follow suit. The world's two biggest emitters of greenhouse gases made the landmark announcement as heads of state from the Group of 20 biggest economies, or G20, arrived for a summit in the city of Hangzhou, parts of which resembled a ghost town as Chinese security locked down the area.
  • White House defends Obama evading Senate on Paris climate deal

    08/30/2016 5:47:39 AM PDT · by Rockitz · 59 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | August 29, 2016 | Valerie Richardson
    The White House on Monday defended President Obama’s decision to enter into the Paris climate accord without Senate ratification but stopped short of confirming a Chinese report that he will do so this week during his trip to China. Still, it would surprise no one if Mr. Obama and Chinese President Xi Jinping were to announce the ratification of the sweeping climate change agreement before the Sunday opening of the Group of 20 summit in Hangzhou, Zhejiang. White House senior adviser Brian Deese said the president has the legal authority to ratify the accord without the two-thirds Senate vote required...
  • China and US to ratify landmark Paris climate deal ahead of G20 summit, sources reveal

    08/27/2016 12:25:35 AM PDT · by Enchante · 38 replies
    South China Morning Post ^ | August 25, 2016 | Li Jing
    China and the United States are set to jointly announce their ratification of a landmark climate change pact before the G20 summit early next month, the South China Morning Post has learned. Senior climate officials from both countries worked late into the night in Beijing on Tuesday to finalise details, and a bilateral announcement is likely to be made on September 2, according to sources familiar with the issue.... ...“There are still some uncertainties from the US side due to the complicated US system in ratifying such a treaty, but the announcement is still quite likely to be ready by...
  • From now on, every government agency will have to consider climate change

    08/04/2016 8:58:14 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 30 replies
    Washinton Post ^ | 08/02/2016
    Tuesday the White House released yet another policy to fight climate change, one with potentially far-reaching consequences. The White House’s chief environmental office, the Council on Environmental Quality, finalized a six-year process of shaping how the government’s agencies, across the board, will factor climate change into their decisions. The council’s new guidance involves what activists and environmental lawyers know as “NEPA” — one of those exceedingly wonky policies that is nevertheless critical to how the modern federal government functions. NEPA is short for a foundational 1969 environmental law, the National Environmental Policy Act, that required federal agencies to consider environmental...
  • State AG's assault on climate skeptics far worse than we thought(DENIERS BE DAMNED!)

    08/04/2016 8:12:19 AM PDT · by rktman · 11 replies ^ | 8/4/2016 | rick moran
    A previously unknown agreement signed by the 15 Democratic state attorneys' general that represents a united assault on climate change skeptics shows just how broadly the coalition will interpret the law to attack and harass those who disagree with them. The agreement also makes clear that the investigation by prosecutors will remain secret - a star chamber if there ever was one. I really hope Exxon will hold out and refuse to settle with these vultures.
  • Obama Warns: Manhattan Will Be ‘Underwater’ If We Don’t Act On Climate Change

    06/09/2016 9:12:38 AM PDT · by rktman · 99 replies ^ | 6/9/2016 | Charlie Spiering
    President Barack Obama insists that Americans have to take climate change seriously, or else a key part of one the world’s greatest cities could end up underwater. “When scientists tell us that the planet is getting warmer and we need to do something about it, the majority of people think that’s a good idea, let’s do something about that, because we don’t want Manhattan to be underwater,” Obama said during a fundraiser in New York City. Obama observed that people are frustrated by the current presidential election campaign. “The bad news is that our politics has been a little screwed...