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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

Join the People's Climate March for Action at Home and Abroad

Posted September 19, 2014 by David Doniger in Curbing Pollution, Solving Global Warming

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This Sunday, I’ll be marching in the People’s Climate March in New York City with hundreds of thousands of other Americans and people from around the world. Our message is simple: For the sake of our children and grandchildren, our...continued

A One-Two Punch to Curb Powerful Climate Pollutants -- Carbon Dioxide from the Power Sector and Methane from the Oil and Gas Industry

Posted September 18, 2014 by David Doniger in Curbing Pollution, Solving Global Warming

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EPA’s groundbreaking carbon pollution standards for the nation’s existing power plants, proposed last June, represent the most significant action our country has ever taken to tackle the pollution that drives climate change. NRDC is preparing detailed comments to submit this...continued

White House, Industry Quicken Pace of HFC Phase-Down

Posted September 16, 2014 by David Doniger in Curbing Pollution, Solving Global Warming, U.S. Law and Policy

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Today the White House convened industry leaders to pledge reductions in and replacements for HFCs (hydrofluorocarbons), the super-potent climate-changing chemicals used in air conditioning and refrigeration, insulating foams, and aerosol products.  Held a week before President Obama joins world leaders at...continued

Council on Environmental Quality Declares Climate Change Already Covered in Environmental Impact Review, No New Regulations Needed

Posted August 12, 2014 by David Doniger in Curbing Pollution, Solving Global Warming, U.S. Law and Policy

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                                                           Guest Post by Michael B. Gerrard The National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), signed into law by President Richard Nixon on January 1, 1970, was the first U.S. environmental statute of the modern era. It requires the preparation of environmental...continued

Peabody's Improbable History

Posted August 10, 2014 by David Doniger in Curbing Pollution, Health and the Environment, Solving Global Warming

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Amidst hundreds of supporters of the Obama administration’s Clean Power Plan at the Environmental Protection Agency’s hearings last month, a few highly-paid company men and their friends in Congress ventured to sing the praises of the nation’s dirtiest fuel...continued

Too Early, Too Late, Too Lame: Three Strikes Against the Latest Legal Attack on EPA's Clean Power Plan

Posted August 3, 2014 by David Doniger in Curbing Pollution, Solving Global Warming, U.S. Law and Policy

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At the end of a week of hearings where thousands of Americans showed their support for the Environmental Protection Agency’ proposed limits on dangerous carbon pollution from the nation’s power plants, 12 state attorneys-general filed a far-fetched lawsuit against...continued

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

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