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David Doniger, Director, Climate and Clean Air Program, Washington, D.C.

David Doniger

I'm the director of the Natural Resources Defense Council's (NRDC) Climate and Clean Air Program, and our chief global warming lawyer. I rejoined NRDC in March 2001 after serving for eight years in the Clinton administration, including as director of climate change policy at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. This is my second stint at NRDC -- I first started here in 1978 and worked on clean air issues for the next 14 years, helping to win the Montreal Protocol to stop depletion of the ozone layer and the Clean Air Act amendments of 1990.  Now we're working to cut the pollution that causes global warming here at home, and to reach agreement on global emission cuts.

Recent Posts

Despite Hoopla, Court Challenge to Clean Power Plan Likely to Fail

Posted April 16, 2015 by David Doniger

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The much ballyhooed legal challenge to the Environmental Protection Agency's proposed Clean Power Plan, brought by coal companies and conservative state attorneys-general, ran out of steam today in the U.S. Court of Appeals in Washington. Judges Karen LeCraft Henderson, Thomas...continued

Climate Change and the Courts: Court Rejects Latest Industry Ploy to Block Carbon Pollution Limits

Posted April 10, 2015 by David Doniger

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In the latest court ruling on climate change, the federal court of appeals in Washington refused to block clean air safeguards that cut dangerous carbon pollution from the biggest new power plants and other industrial facilities. The court on Friday...continued

Mitch McConnell's Weak Hand

Posted April 3, 2015 by David Doniger

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In case you weren't sure, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell doesn't care for President Obama's climate actions at home and climate diplomacy abroad. He's made that quite clear recently. Last month McConnell wrote the nation's governors, urging them to reject...continued

Top 10 Reasons Why States Should Ignore Senator McConnell's "Just Say No" Advice on Carbon Pollution

Posted March 31, 2015 by David Doniger

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Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) recently penned an op-ed and a letter to governors urging states to refuse to cooperate with the Environmental Protection Agency's Clean Power Plan to cut dangerous carbon pollution from power plants under. Governors aren't...continued

GOP Launches Brazen Bid to Give Carbon Polluters Free Rein

Posted March 24, 2015 by David Doniger

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Congressional Republicans are proposing legislation this week that would allow states simply to "opt out" of the Obama Administration's Clean Power Plan, the pioneering plan to curb carbon pollution from our power plants. A budget amendment by Sen. Rob Portman...continued

Why States Aren't Rushing to "Just Say No" on Carbon Pollution Standards

Posted March 17, 2015 by David Doniger

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The nation's governors aren't rushing to heed Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell's call for states to "just say no" to the Clean Power Plan, which would put the first-ever Clean Air Act limits on the two billion tons of climate-changing...continued

32 States What? Senator Inhofe's Fuzzy Math on States and EPA

Posted March 11, 2015 by David Doniger

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Sen. Jim Inhofe opened an Environment and Public Works Committee hearing today with chart that paints 32 states (in green no less!) as though they have lined up solidly in opposition to EPA's Clean Power Plan. Inhofe's chart is intended...continued

Climate Questions from Smart Young Students

Posted February 18, 2015 by David Doniger

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One of the perks of my job is answering emails from high school and junior high students doing their first research projects on climate change science, policy, and politics. A little while back, I got an email from a 14...continued

EPA Can Make The Clean Power Plan Even Better

Posted February 14, 2015 by David Doniger

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The summer deadline is approaching for finalizing the Environmental Protection Agency’s first-ever limits on dangerous carbon pollution from the nation’s power plants, and opponents are ratcheting up their complaints. Some 1500 mostly coal- and gas-fired power plants spew out more...continued

President's Budget Highlights Investments to Curb Climate Pollution and Protect Vulnerable Communities

Posted February 2, 2015 by David Doniger

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President Obama's FY2016 budget proposal prominently demonstrates his commitment to fighting climate change while investing in America's future. In the last few years this administration has cut carbon pollution from cars and trucks, proposed the first-ever federal standards limiting carbon...continued

From Know-Nothingism to Do-Nothingism in the U.S. Senate

Posted January 22, 2015 by David Doniger

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The "I am not a scientist" era in the U.S. Senate may be starting to wane. But the "I am opposed to doing anything about climate change" era is still going strong. In votes Wedneday on amendments to the controversial...continued

2014 Record Temperatures Put the Heat on Congress's Climate Deniers

Posted January 19, 2015 by David Doniger

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John Boehner, Speaker of the House of Representatives, is not a scientist, as he is the first to tell you. Mitch McConnell, the Senate Majority Leader, insists he's not a scientist either. So maybe it's time they listened to what...continued

White House Oil and Gas Methane Strategy: Goals and First Steps, But Lots More To Do

Posted January 14, 2015 by David Doniger

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The White House today announced a new goal of cutting dangerous methane pollution from the oil and gas industry 40-45 percent from 2012 levels by 2025, and set in motion the first regulatory steps towards meeting that goal. The oil...continued

Wall Street Journal Editors Inadvertently Prove Need for EPA Methane Standards

Posted January 5, 2015 by David Doniger

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Did you see today's "Meth Heads" editorial in the Wall Street Journal? The editors of America's premier laissez-faire publication eagerly argue that the oil and gas industry should be trusted to curb its own leakage of heat-trapping methane pollution voluntarily....continued

Peabody Energy Hires a Well-Known Gun, but Still Shoots with Blanks

Posted December 6, 2014 by David Doniger

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Professor Laurence H. Tribe has had a long and distinguished career as a progressive legal thinker and a tireless advocate for such worthy causes as freedom of speech and LGBT rights. He won a 1982 Supreme Court victory for California...continued

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