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Feature: ARCHIVED: Obama's First 100 Days

Timeline: A Fast Start on Energy and the Environment




April 29 marks the end of President Obama's first 100 days in office. In that time, he has put clean energy and the environment at the top of his agenda. The Obama administration has taken historic steps to curb greenhouse gas pollution, passed a budget that invests in clean energy, urged Congress to pass legislation limiting carbon emissions, pushed for higher fuel efficiency standards, and much more. Some challenges remain, however, including the Interior Department's refusal to stop a misguided effort to force wolves off the endangered species list. In blog posts below, NRDC experts assess the progress of Obama and his team.

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First 100 Days of Congress Reveal McConnell's Big Polluter Agenda

Posted April 14, 2015 by Susan Casey-Lefkowitz

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Wednesday marks the 100th day of Congress. This milestone is traditionally used to assess the new leadership, and by all measures of public health and the environment, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is failing miserably. He has used the first...continued

Obama’s Ocean 100

Posted April 29, 2009 by Leila Monroe

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In the first 100 days in office, President Obama and his newly appointed agency heads have moved quickly to address some priority ocean issues, particularly our energy policy for federal ocean areas-the Outer Continental Shelf-and ocean impacts of climate change...continued

Clean Air and the Rights of Spring

Posted April 29, 2009 by John Walke

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This week was a time to celebrate the promise of cleaner air. EPA took the first steps toward righting numerous air pollution wrongs committed by the Bush administration. Administrator Lisa Jackson announced the reconsideration of three harmful air pollution rules --...continued

First 100 Days a Good Dress Rehearsal: Now We Need the Main Act

Posted April 29, 2009 by Frances Beinecke

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I have traveled to Washington many times since President Obama took office 100 days ago, and each time I go, I am struck by the action-oriented and economics-driven tone he has set for clean energy and global warming policy. I...continued

The days of science taking a back seat to ideology are over

Posted April 28, 2009 by Dan Lashof

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Yesterday I had a chance to attend President Obama's speech to the National Academy of Sciences (NAS). This is the first time since JFK that the president has addressed the Academy during his first 100 days in office and President...continued

100 Days and Counting: A Fast Start for President Obama

Posted April 28, 2009 by Michael Oko

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As President Obama wraps up his first 100 days in office, it's clear that he's set a high bar for the direction that he intends to lead the country. With an approval rating well over 60% and a majority of...continued

Interior Secretary Blasts Mountaintop Removal

Posted April 28, 2009 by Rob Perks

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On the eve of President Obama's 'First 100 Days' in office, Jeff Biggers provides an excellent recap of where the administration stands on dirty coal.  As he points out, in general the outlook is good but current conditions are still hazy. ...continued


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