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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

EPA Gets Started on Curbing Heat-Trapping Methane from Oil and Gas Operations

Posted April 15, 2014 by David Doniger in Curbing Pollution, Health and the Environment, Solving Global Warming

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This post written with Meleah Geertsma and Vignesh Gowrishankar Today the Environmental Protection Agency took the first step promised under President Obama’s Strategy to Reduce Methane Emissions, released last month.  EPA issued a set of white papers examining five big...continued

White House Attacks Heat-Trapping Methane, Second Biggest Climate Pollutant

Posted March 28, 2014 by David Doniger in Curbing Pollution, Moving Beyond Oil, Solving Global Warming

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                                This post written with Vignesh Gowrishankar and Meleah Geertsma The White House today released its long-awaited Strategy to Reduce Methane Emissions. Promised in President Obama's Climate Action Plan last June, the methane strategy is a big step in the right direction....continued

European Research Center Backs Climate-Friendly Coolant for Car Air Conditioners, Global Automakers Moving Forward

Posted March 13, 2014 by David Doniger in Curbing Pollution, Solving Global Warming

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The European Commission’s Joint Research Centre (JRC) issued its final report last week reaffirming the safety of the new climate-friendly coolant for car air conditioners called HFO-1234yf (R-1234yf).  The European experts flatly rejected fire risk claims leveled 18 months ago...continued

Harvard Law School Report Affirms Energy Efficiency Can Be Part of Clean Air Act Standards for Power Plants

Posted March 5, 2014 by David Doniger in Solving Global Warming, U.S. Law and Policy

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This post by my colleague Ben Longstreth reviews an important new report from Harvard Law School. There’s no question that improving energy efficiency in households, factories and commercial buildings is the most cost-effective way to reduce carbon pollution. A newly...continued

Carbon Copy II: Six Quick Impressions from Climate Change's Latest Day in the Supreme Court

Posted February 24, 2014 by David Doniger in Curbing Pollution, Solving Global Warming, U.S. Law and Policy

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Here are six quick reactions to the oral arguments presented this morning in the Supreme Court’s latest case on climate change and the Clean Air Act, Utility Air Regulatory Group v. EPA.  (See my post from last Friday for more...continued

Carbon Copy: Understanding What Is, and Is Not, At Stake in the Latest Supreme Court Climate Case

Posted February 21, 2014 by David Doniger in Curbing Pollution, Solving Global Warming, U.S. Law and Policy

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Monday morning the Supreme Court will hear oral argument in its third case in the last seven years on climate-changing carbon pollution and the Clean Air Act.  The earlier cases cemented EPA’s authority to tackle carbon pollution; this case concerns...continued

EPA Tackles HFC Super Pollutants, Next Step in President Obama's Climate Action Plan

Posted February 7, 2014 by David Doniger in Curbing Pollution, Solving Global Warming, U.S. Law and Policy

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The Environmental Protection Agency has announced its plans to tackle the super-potent heat-trapping pollutants called hydrofluorcarbons (HFCs), an important step forward in carrying out President Obama’s Climate Action Plan.   Meeting with more than 100 industry and environmental stakeholders last...continued

Supreme Court Briefs Filed in Carbon Pollution Permits Case

Posted January 23, 2014 by David Doniger in Curbing Pollution, Solving Global Warming

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On Tuesday, NRDC and other environmental groups filed their brief in the latest Supreme Court case about climate change.  This case, called Utility Air Regulatory Group v. EPA, will decide whether the Clean Air Act's permitting requirements apply to major industrial...continued

EPA Starts New Year with Climate Action: Carbon Pollution Standards for New Power Plants Published for Public Comment

Posted January 7, 2014 by David Doniger in Curbing Pollution, Solving Global Warming

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The Environmental Protection Agency is taking another step forward Wednesday to carry out President Obama’s ambitious Climate Action Plan announced last June.  EPA’s proposed standards to limit dangerous carbon pollution from new power plants will be published here in...continued

Grasping at Straws: Why a Legislative Glitch Will Not Exempt Power Plants From Carbon Standards

Posted November 1, 2013 by David Doniger in Curbing Pollution, Solving Global Warming, U.S. Law and Policy

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This post was written with my colleague Ben Longstreth. Opponents of EPA’s effort to cut carbon pollution from existing power plants under Clean Air Act Section 111(d) have recently been peddling a nonsensical argument that EPA has no authority to...continued

Mixed Signals and Missed Opportunities as India Puts the Brakes on HFC Phase-Down Talks

Posted October 29, 2013 by David Doniger in Curbing Pollution, Solving Global Warming

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After a summer of diplomatic progress at the level of presidents and prime ministers, expectations were high that countries would launch negotiations on phasing down the dangerous heat-trapping chemicals called hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs) at meetings of the Montreal Protocol in Bangkok...continued

Top Ten Legal Questions and Answers on Carbon Pollution Standards for Existing Power Plants

Posted October 18, 2013 by David Doniger in Curbing Pollution, Solving Global Warming, U.S. Law and Policy

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Now that the government shutdown is over, EPA is back on the job to carry out President Obama’s Climate Action Plan.  The central pillar of that plan is using the Clean Air Act to set the carbon pollution standards for...continued

Carbon Pollution Standards and Permits: What's the Difference? Let Me Explain...

Posted October 16, 2013 by David Doniger in Curbing Pollution, Solving Global Warming, U.S. Law and Policy

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A lot of people were confused yesterday by the Supreme Court’s decision to review one narrow aspect of EPA’s carbon pollution regulations.  Some reporters got it right, but others got mixed up by the spin and swirl of certain Washington...continued

Supreme Court Rejects Challenges to Climate Science and EPA Carbon Pollution Standards

Posted October 15, 2013 by David Doniger in Curbing Pollution, Solving Global Warming, U.S. Law and Policy

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The Supreme Court today rejected last-ditch efforts by industry and conservative states to block EPA from setting standards to curb the carbon pollution that drives dangerous climate change.  The Court’s ruling clears the way for EPA to issue carbon pollution...continued

India and the United States Make Progress on HFC Super-Pollutants

Posted September 28, 2013 by David Doniger in Curbing Pollution, Health and the Environment, Solving Global Warming

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The pace of action to phase down the super-potent heat-trapping chemicals called hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs) quickened yesterday when U.S. President Barack Obama and Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh announced new joint steps towards controlling HFCs under the Montreal Protocol, the treaty...continued

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