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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

Climate Questions from Smart Young Students

Posted February 18, 2015 by David Doniger

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One of the perks of my job is answering emails from high school and junior high students doing their first research projects on climate change science, policy, and politics. A little while back, I got an email from a 14...continued

EPA Can Make The Clean Power Plan Even Better

Posted February 14, 2015 by David Doniger

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The summer deadline is approaching for finalizing the Environmental Protection Agency’s first-ever limits on dangerous carbon pollution from the nation’s power plants, and opponents are ratcheting up their complaints. Some 1500 mostly coal- and gas-fired power plants spew out more...continued

President's Budget Highlights Investments to Curb Climate Pollution and Protect Vulnerable Communities

Posted February 2, 2015 by David Doniger

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President Obama's FY2016 budget proposal prominently demonstrates his commitment to fighting climate change while investing in America's future. In the last few years this administration has cut carbon pollution from cars and trucks, proposed the first-ever federal standards limiting carbon...continued

From Know-Nothingism to Do-Nothingism in the U.S. Senate

Posted January 22, 2015 by David Doniger

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The "I am not a scientist" era in the U.S. Senate may be starting to wane. But the "I am opposed to doing anything about climate change" era is still going strong. In votes Wedneday on amendments to the controversial...continued

2014 Record Temperatures Put the Heat on Congress's Climate Deniers

Posted January 19, 2015 by David Doniger

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John Boehner, Speaker of the House of Representatives, is not a scientist, as he is the first to tell you. Mitch McConnell, the Senate Majority Leader, insists he's not a scientist either. So maybe it's time they listened to what...continued

White House Oil and Gas Methane Strategy: Goals and First Steps, But Lots More To Do

Posted January 14, 2015 by David Doniger

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The White House today announced a new goal of cutting dangerous methane pollution from the oil and gas industry 40-45 percent from 2012 levels by 2025, and set in motion the first regulatory steps towards meeting that goal. The oil...continued

Wall Street Journal Editors Inadvertently Prove Need for EPA Methane Standards

Posted January 5, 2015 by David Doniger

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Did you see today's "Meth Heads" editorial in the Wall Street Journal? The editors of America's premier laissez-faire publication eagerly argue that the oil and gas industry should be trusted to curb its own leakage of heat-trapping methane pollution voluntarily....continued

Peabody Energy Hires a Well-Known Gun, but Still Shoots with Blanks

Posted December 6, 2014 by David Doniger

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Professor Laurence H. Tribe has had a long and distinguished career as a progressive legal thinker and a tireless advocate for such worthy causes as freedom of speech and LGBT rights. He won a 1982 Supreme Court victory for California...continued

NRDC's Public Comments on the Clean Power Plan: How EPA Can Make Its Good Plan Even Better

Posted December 2, 2014 by David Doniger

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NRDC submitted our public comments yesterday on the Environmental Protection Agency’s proposed Clean Power Plan to cut the climate-disrupting carbon pollution from the nation’s electric power plants.  NRDC supports EPA’s action under the Clean Air Act to clean up our...continued

Countries Accelerate Talks on Phasing Down HFC Super-Pollutants under the Montreal Protocol

Posted November 21, 2014 by David Doniger

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Delegates from more than 100 countries breathed some life into proposals to phase down production of hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs) under the Montreal Protocol, the world’s most successful environmental treaty.  Wrapping up a week of talks in Paris, diplomats agreed to hold...continued

Waste Not: A Blueprint to Cut Dangerous Heat-Trapping Methane Leakage from the Nation's Oil and Gas Industry

Posted November 20, 2014 by David Doniger

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This post co-written with Meleah Geertsma.  A new report co-authored by NRDC shows how the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency can strike a major blow against climate change by cutting leaks and other losses of methane from the oil and gas...continued

EPA's Plan to Curb Carbon Pollution Can Save Billions, NRDC Finds

Posted November 19, 2014 by David Doniger

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This post co-authored with Starla Yeh, principal analyst of NRDC’s new report. The news about the Environmental Protection Agency’s plan to limit carbon pollution from existing power plants just got even better: the proposed Clean Power Plan (CPP) can save...continued

The Clean Air Act and Climate Change: Where We've Been and Where We're Going

Posted November 18, 2014 by David Doniger

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On November 14th I had the honor of delivering the annual Fedder Lecture on Environmental Law at the University of Maryland’s Carey School of Law in Baltimore.  Here are my remarks: It’s a great pleasure to speak with you today...continued

NRDC's Initial Take on EPA's New Ideas that Could Strengthen or Weaken the Clean Power Plan's Carbon Pollution Limits

Posted October 31, 2014 by David Doniger

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This summer and fall the EPA has continued its marathon stakeholder outreach and listening process on its Clean Power Plan to clean up dangerous carbon pollution. The supplemental notice and new ideas that EPA issued for public comment on October...continued

Federal Court Tosses Nebraska's "Jump-the-Gun" Lawsuit Against EPA Power Plant Standards

Posted October 8, 2014 by David Doniger

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The federal district court in Lincoln, Nebraska, yesterday threw out a lawsuit by that state’s attorney general attacking the Environmental Protection Agency’s proposed standards for carbon pollution from new electric power plants.  Judge John M. Gerrard ruled that the attorney...continued

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