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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's Holds Clean Power Plan Hearings In DC, Atlanta, Denver, and Pittsburgh

Posted July 29, 2014 by David Doniger in Curbing Pollution, Solving Global Warming, U.S. Law and Policy

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EPA kicked off hearings this week in four cities on its proposed carbon pollution standards for the nation's 1500 power plants.  Hundreds of concerned citizens are turning out at each hearing to raise their voices for action.  A team...continued

"At Some Point of Time We Will Go With This Proposal" - Despite Opponents, Sense of Inevitability Grows at Talks on Curbing the Super-Warming HFCs

Posted July 20, 2014 by David Doniger in Curbing Pollution, Solving Global Warming

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Countries jousted again over proposals to replace the super-potent heat-trapping chemicals called hydrofluorcarbons (HFCs) under the Montreal Protocol, the world’s most successful environmental treaty.   Saudi Arabia and Kuwait emerged as the most vociferous opponents.  But the large majority of countries,...continued

Does NRDC Operate Like the Oil Industry? Not on Your Life

Posted July 8, 2014 by David Doniger in Curbing Pollution, Solving Global Warming, U.S. Law and Policy

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The New York Times ran a very nice article yesterday about NRDC’s part in developing an innovative proposal for curbing carbon pollution from America’s 1600 fossil fuel-fired electric power plants – the nation’s largest source of the pollution that’s driving...continued

More Steps Forward on Climate Protection

Posted June 27, 2014 by David Doniger in Curbing Pollution, Solving Global Warming, U.S. Law and Policy

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A year ago this week, on a sweltering afternoon at Georgetown University, President Obama announced his Climate Action Plan designed to start cutting dangerous carbon pollution using his authority under our clean air and energy laws already on the books.  ...continued

Supreme Court Backs Carbon Pollution Controls - Again

Posted June 23, 2014 by David Doniger in Curbing Pollution, Solving Global Warming, U.S. Law and Policy

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Building on two prior decisions affirming the Environmental Protection Agency’s authority to set carbon pollution standards, the Supreme Court today held that the core provision of the Clean Air Act’s permitting requirements also applies to carbon pollution.  Coming three weeks...continued

Curbing Methane Pollution from the Oil and Gas Sector: EPA "White Papers" Show It's Cost-Effective and Critical in Climate Change Fight

Posted June 18, 2014 by David Doniger in Curbing Pollution, Solving Global Warming, U.S. Law and Policy

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This post written by Meleah Geertsma. NRDC and our partners submitted comments to EPA this week on the agency’s white papers investigating methane pollution from the oil and gas sector. EPA issued the white papers this April as the first...continued

The Clean Power Plan: NRDC's Initial Analysis of EPA's Landmark Proposal to Curb Carbon Pollution from the Nation's Power Plants

Posted June 7, 2014 by David Doniger in Curbing Pollution, Health and the Environment, Solving Global Warming, U.S. Law and Policy

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On June 2nd, the Environmental Protection Agency proposed the nation’s first limits on carbon pollution from the nation’s fleet of more than 1600 fossil fueled fired electric power plants.  The Clean Power Plan, as it is called, is the centerpiece...continued

Carbon Pollution Standards Can Be a Breath of Fresh Air: Americans' Health Will Improve, Thanks to Big Cuts in Pollutants

Posted May 29, 2014 by David Doniger in Health and the Environment, Solving Global Warming, U.S. Law and Policy

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A new report out Tuesday, by researchers at the Harvard School of Public Health and Syracuse University, examines the benefits that carbon pollution standards for power plants, like the ones President Obama’s EPA is set to propose on Monday, might...continued

What Will the Supreme Court's Latest Climate-Change Case Mean?

Posted May 18, 2014 by David Doniger in Curbing Pollution, Solving Global Warming, U.S. Law and Policy

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Sometime in the next few weeks, the Supreme Court will decide its third case on climate-changing carbon pollution in the last seven years.  The earlier cases clearly established the Environmental Protection Agency’s authority to set standards under the Clean Air...continued

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

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