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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

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

Climate Change and the Courts: Court Rejects Latest Industry Ploy to Block Carbon Pollution Limits

Posted April 10, 2015 by David Doniger

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In the latest court ruling on climate change, the federal court of appeals in Washington refused to block clean air safeguards that cut dangerous carbon pollution from the biggest new power plants and other industrial facilities. The court on Friday...continued

Mitch McConnell's Weak Hand

Posted April 3, 2015 by David Doniger

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In case you weren't sure, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell doesn't care for President Obama's climate actions at home and climate diplomacy abroad. He's made that quite clear recently. Last month McConnell wrote the nation's governors, urging them to reject...continued

Top 10 Reasons Why States Should Ignore Senator McConnell's "Just Say No" Advice on Carbon Pollution

Posted March 31, 2015 by David Doniger

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Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) recently penned an op-ed and a letter to governors urging states to refuse to cooperate with the Environmental Protection Agency's Clean Power Plan to cut dangerous carbon pollution from power plants under. Governors aren't...continued

GOP Launches Brazen Bid to Give Carbon Polluters Free Rein

Posted March 24, 2015 by David Doniger

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Congressional Republicans are proposing legislation this week that would allow states simply to "opt out" of the Obama Administration's Clean Power Plan, the pioneering plan to curb carbon pollution from our power plants. A budget amendment by Sen. Rob Portman...continued

Why States Aren't Rushing to "Just Say No" on Carbon Pollution Standards

Posted March 17, 2015 by David Doniger

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The nation's governors aren't rushing to heed Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell's call for states to "just say no" to the Clean Power Plan, which would put the first-ever Clean Air Act limits on the two billion tons of climate-changing...continued

32 States What? Senator Inhofe's Fuzzy Math on States and EPA

Posted March 11, 2015 by David Doniger

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Sen. Jim Inhofe opened an Environment and Public Works Committee hearing today with chart that paints 32 states (in green no less!) as though they have lined up solidly in opposition to EPA's Clean Power Plan. Inhofe's chart is intended...continued

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