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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

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. Their latest case comes the same week that 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

Achingly Slow Talks on HFC Super-Pollutants -- NRDC Offers IMPACT Tool to Jumpstart Progress

Posted July 26, 2015 by David Doniger

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Countries made achingly slow progress towards curbs on the super heat-trapping pollutants called hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs), at Montreal Protocol talks in Paris this week. In an effort to jumpstart progress, NRDC launched a new analytical tool to compare competing HFC phase-down...continued

A Bit of Good News for the Ozone Layer

Posted July 23, 2015 by David Doniger

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The Parties to the Montreal Protocol are meeting in Paris again this week. The big item on their agenda is the effort to curb the super-greenhouse gases called hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs). I'll report tomorrow on their progress on HFCs. But let's...continued

Clean Power Plan Foes Batting 0 for 6 in the Courts

Posted July 22, 2015 by David Doniger

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It is becoming increasingly clear that foes of the Clean Power Plan have no more regard for our judicial system than for the health and welfare of American families. Since 2012, they have clogged the federal courts with six frivolous...continued

Steady As She Goes: Lessons for the Clean Power Plan from the Supreme Court's Mercury and Healthcare Decisions

Posted July 6, 2015 by David Doniger

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Everyone with a stake in President Obama's Clean Power Plan waited anxiously last month for the Supreme Court's decisions in the mercury and healthcare cases, Michigan v. EPA and King v. Burwell. What would those cases tell us about prospects...continued

It's a SNAP: EPA Cuts HFC Super-Pollutants to Curb Dangerous Climate Change

Posted July 2, 2015 by David Doniger

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The Environmental Protection Agency today announced deadlines to end certain uses of hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs) - powerful heat-trapping gases that significantly contribute to climate change - because safer, climate-friendlier alternatives are now available. The EPA's new rules affect HFCs used in...continued

Progress on Phasing Down HFCs as Countries Build Momentum Toward a Deal - Summary of Amendment Proposals

Posted June 26, 2015 by David Doniger

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Co-authored by Alexander Hillbrand (NRDC Analyst) and Morgan Capilla (NRDC Stanback Fellow) The global effort to phase down powerful heat-trapping hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs) is gaining speed as several nations recently put forth detailed plans to curb HFC use. Negotiators at the...continued

Clean Power Plan On Track: Court Dumps Bid to Block EPA from Curbing Power Plant Carbon Pollution

Posted June 9, 2015 by David Doniger

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The federal court of appeals in Washington rejected a bid to snuff out the Environmental Protection Agency's Clean Power Plan, the Obama administration's historic plan to put the first-ever limits on dangerous carbon pollution from the nation's 1500 coal- and...continued

Clean Power Plan on Solid Legal Ground

Posted June 3, 2015 by David Doniger

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This post, written by David Baake. summarizes his forthcoming article in the Environmental Law Reporter. Last June, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) proposed the Clean Power Plan, an initiative to cut carbon pollution from the power sector by 30 percent...continued

Capito Bill Brings Out the Knives for the Clean Power Plan - Frightening Remake of Murder on the Orient Express

Posted May 14, 2015 by David Doniger

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Sen. Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV) introduced a bill this week that she called "the principal legislative vehicle" to block President Obama's historic Clean Power Plan. Capito's bill is a big polluters' wish list - a direct attack on the Clean...continued

Want to Save Thousands of American Lives Each Year? Cut Power Plant Pollution

Posted May 4, 2015 by David Doniger

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A new study, published in the journal Nature Climate Change today, calculates that the Environmental Protection Agency's Clean Power Plan will save thousands of lives every year. The study, by researchers at Harvard, Syracuse, and Boston Universities and Resources for...continued

Oklahoma - First State to Choose a Federal Plan for Power Plant Carbon Pollution (Don't Worry, They'll be O.K.)

Posted April 29, 2015 by David Doniger

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Oklahoma Governor Mary Fallin issued an executive order yesterday prohibiting her state's environmental agency from even beginning to develop a state plan to limit power plants' carbon pollution. By refusing to write her own plan, Gov. Fallin becomes the first...continued

Deal on HFC Super-Pollutants Inches Forward

Posted April 24, 2015 by David Doniger

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A global deal to phase down the powerful heat-trapping chemicals called hydrofluorcarbons (HFCs) inched forward after a week of international negotiations in Bangkok under the Montreal Protocol, the world's most successful environmental treaty. Prospects for progress rose sharply in mid-April...continued

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

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