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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

Cooling With Less Warming: NRDC, Manufacturers Agree on Phasing Out HFC Super-Pollutants in Building Chillers

Posted February 2, 2016 by David Doniger

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This post coauthored with Alex Hillbrand NRDC and the Air-Conditioning, Heating, and Refrigeration Institute (AHRI) agreed yesterday on a schedule for eliminating the use of super-potent climate-warming chemicals called hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs) in building water "chillers" - the air conditioning...continued

Polluters' Last-Ditch Bid to Stay Clean Power Plan Faces Long Odds at Supreme Court

Posted February 2, 2016 by David Doniger

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Just days after the federal court of appeals in Washington rejected their bid to block President Obama's Clean Power Plan, the coal industry and its political allies are pleading for immediate relief from the U.S. Supreme Court. Coming after a...continued

Climate Action Picks Up Speed as Court Rejects Bid to Halt Clean Power Plan

Posted January 26, 2016 by David Doniger

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The Clean Power Plan, the centerpiece of the Obama Administration's climate protection actions, got a big boost last week when the U.S. Court of Appeals in Washington rejected bids by the coal industry and its political allies for a "stay"...continued

Clean Air and Climate Change: Two Books to Get You Going

Posted January 2, 2016 by David Doniger

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A couple of years ago, my extended family gathered for Thanksgiving in Los Angeles. Looking across a splendid vista over the city, my 40-something nephew asked me, "Is it true that 40 years ago you couldn't see the hills on...continued

Turning Point: A Year of Action in the Fight Against Climate Change

Posted December 22, 2015 by David Doniger

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2015 was hot. 2015 was also the year the world decided to beat the heat. This year is on track to be the hottest on record world-wide. Temperatures will reach the 70s on Christmas day in the Nation's Capital. But...continued

Paris Climate Agreement Explained: Personal Reflections on a Turning Point Day

Posted December 12, 2015 by David Doniger

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Today leaders in Paris reached a landmark agreement that commits at least 186 countries, big and small, to start curbing the carbon pollution that drives dangerous climate change. It's a big turning point. It's been a long time coming. Fifty...continued

Paris Climate Agreement Explained: Does Congress Need to Sign Off?

Posted December 12, 2015 by David Doniger

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In the breakthrough climate agreement reached in Paris December 12th, at least 186 countries have committed to start curbing the carbon pollution that's driving dangerous climate change. For the first time, all the world's biggest emitters - including the United...continued

Climate and Clean Energy Coalition Defends Clean Power Plan‎ Against Foes' Court Challenge

Posted December 8, 2015 by David Doniger

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For as long as there have been environmental regulations that protect the public health and promote economic growth, industry groups have claimed in lawsuits that these regulations will drive them and our economy as a whole to rack and ruin....continued

The Oasis of an HFC Amendment: Not a Mirage, But Still a Dune or Two Away

Posted November 5, 2015 by David Doniger

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At the close of a week's negotiations in Dubai, countries have made progress toward the oasis of an HFC phase-down amendment to the Montreal Protocol. If they keep driving their camels, there's hope they can reach the oasis in 2016....continued

Beating the Heat in Dubai: Alternative Air Conditioning Refrigerants Show Big Gains at High Temperature

Posted November 1, 2015 by David Doniger

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This post written by Alex Hillbrand, NRDC's HFC Technical Analyst Concern about the efficiency of air conditioning in very hot climates has been an obstacle to winning agreement on a phase-down of the powerful heat-trapping chemicals known as HFCs...continued

Cooling With Less Warming: Can Countries Grab a Climate Victory Next Week?

Posted October 30, 2015 by David Doniger

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There's a chance to score a climate victory next week on the super-pollutants called hydrofluorocarbons or HFCs - one that would give a boost to the Paris climate summit next month. I am in Dubai for the annual meeting of...continued

Cooling With Less Warming: White House Leads Push on HFCs

Posted October 15, 2015 by David Doniger

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The push to replace the super climate pollutants known as hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs) gained more momentum at the White House today, with new HFC-reducing actions announced by the Environmental Protection Agency, other agencies, and industry leaders. Pound for pound, HFCs have...continued

HFC Super-Pollutants: NRDC Petitions EPA to "SNAP" Away Powerful Heat-Trapping Chemicals

Posted October 6, 2015 by David Doniger

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NRDC and the Institute for Governance and Sustainable Development (IGSD) filed a petition today with the Environmental Protection Agency to end certain uses of the super heat-trapping pollutants known as hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs). Safer, climate-friendlier alternatives have emerged for many categories...continued

Living in Another World: Dirty-Energy State Attorneys General Attack Clean Power Plan (Again)

Posted August 13, 2015 by David Doniger

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The attorneys general of West Virginia and 14 other states filed another premature, defective lawsuit today in an effort to stop the Environmental Protection Agency's Clean Power Plan. Nothing new here. Update Sept. 9: The Court of Appeals for the...continued

Understanding the EPA's Clean Power Plan

Posted August 11, 2015 by David Doniger

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The Clean Power Plan announced by President Obama on August 3rd sets the first-ever limits on carbon pollution from power plants, the nation's largest source of the pollution driving dangerous climate change. We are already seeing the impacts of climate...continued

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