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Pete Altman, Climate and Clean Air Campaign Director, Washington, D.C.

Pete Altman

Our biggest challenge is what kind of potential future we leave behind for our children. We can make our air and water cleaner than they are now, develop more sustainable economies and job opportunities, and greater global security. The same actions that create this future will protecting our earth's natural wonders and the environment that we all depend on.

Recent Posts

Polluters Push a Paragon of Misinformation, But Most Americans Want Climate Action

Posted October 24, 2014 by Pete Altman in Curbing Pollution, Health and the Environment, Solving Global Warming

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A new “poll,” with some state-by-state results, is part of a larger, polluter-coordinated, national disinformation campaign to keep our air dirty, our health in jeopardy and our country paralyzed in the face of real and growing threats from climate change....continued

Taking Aim at Polluters, their Allies, and their Lies

Posted June 17, 2014 by Pete Altman in Curbing Pollution, Health and the Environment, Solving Global Warming

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Today, NRDC is unveiling a new ad to strike back at a disinformation campaign waged by Big Polluters intent on subverting the country’s first-ever carbon pollution standards in order to protect their profits. The ad will run beginning today...continued

Editorial Support for the Clean Power Plan

Posted June 9, 2014 by Pete Altman

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I wrote last week about the broad support for the Environmental Protection Agency's Clean Power Plan isolating the coal industry. Editorial opinion throughout the nation reflects this isolation of the coal industry as well, with newspapers in blue, red and purple...continued

Coal Lobby Isolated by Broad Support for Carbon Standards

Posted June 5, 2014 by Pete Altman in Curbing Pollution, Health and the Environment, Solving Global Warming

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Support for the President’s Climate Plan and the Environmental Protection Agency’s proposal to set the first-ever limits on carbon pollution from power plants is pouring in from all over the country, from all kinds of voices. Not everyone is...continued

The EPA is in Coal Country

Posted November 4, 2013 by Pete Altman in Curbing Pollution, Health and the Environment, Solving Global Warming

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The Pollution Industry and its friends are revving up a campaign using a new round of phony “War on Coal” attacks to distract from the EPA’s legal and moral obligation to protect Americans and future generation from the dangerous carbon...continued

Hearing Denial, Loud and Clear

Posted September 18, 2013 by Pete Altman in Curbing Pollution, Health and the Environment, Solving Global Warming

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Its hard to interpret this morning's Energy and Commerce hearing as anything but a forum for climate deniers to put their anti-science views on full display, by grilling Administration officials about what steps they are taking to protect future generations...continued

2/3 of Americans Support Limits on Power Plant Carbon Pollution

Posted July 18, 2013 by Pete Altman in Curbing Pollution, Solving Global Warming

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The first poll on President Obama’s entire climate action strategy reveals robust bipartisan support for common-sense climate solutions, according to a poll commissioned by NRDC.  You can learn more about the poll and get the specific findings here. Some of...continued

Electric Industry Reaction to President's Climate Plan: Hardly What You'd Expect

Posted June 28, 2013 by Pete Altman in Solving Global Warming

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The nattering nabobs of negativism are at it again. The nation’s business soothsayer, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, hardly missed a beat after President Obama announced his much-needed climate action plan this week. The Chamber quickly trotted out shopworn arguments...continued

GOP Senators Skip Work, Block EPA Nominee

Posted May 9, 2013 by Pete Altman in Curbing Pollution, Health and the Environment, Solving Global Warming, U.S. Law and Policy

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The President’s nominee to run the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Gina McCarthy, has shown an ability to reach across the aisle to work with Republicans, Democrats, industry leaders, automakers and public health advocates alike to develop pragmatic and cost effective safeguards...continued

On the Hot Seat: EPA Nominee McCarthy Comes Before Senate Panel

Posted April 11, 2013 by Pete Altman in Curbing Pollution, Environmental Justice, Health and the Environment, Solving Global Warming

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Today President Obama's pick to lead the EPA comes before the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee to answer questions and persaude the committee members she's fit to lead the EPA.  As Politico's Morning Energy puts it, "EPA is the...continued

Falling Snow Cover Gets More News Coverage

Posted February 27, 2013 by Pete Altman in Curbing Pollution, Health and the Environment, Solving Global Warming

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A few days ago, the New York Times ran a lengthy story about the low snowfall in western states this winter, and what impacts that may have on wildfires and drought this coming summer. Tonight, PBS' http://www.pbs.org/newshour/ will examine the effects...continued

You Don't Have to Take Our Word For it: Americans Want Action on Climate Change

Posted February 21, 2013 by Pete Altman in Curbing Pollution, Health and the Environment, Solving Global Warming

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For years now, the Natural Resources Defense Council and other environmental/health groups have known that Americans want tough action to curb carbon pollution, based on a long record of polls.  Just last week, we released another poll showing just that, measuring reaction...continued

Before the State of the Union, Climate Talk is Nearing Full Boil

Posted February 5, 2013 by Pete Altman in Curbing Pollution, Health and the Environment, Solving Global Warming

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Talk of action on climate change has been prominent since President Obama delivered his second Inaugural Address. Yesterday morning, Politico Pro (subscription required) examined the individuals who might be instrumental in helping the President fulfill what the President himself calls "an obligation to future...continued

Implementing the Inaugural: President Obama's Carbon Pollution Solution

Posted January 22, 2013 by Pete Altman in Curbing Pollution, Health and the Environment, Solving Global Warming

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It was thrilling to hear President Obama put climate change front and center in his Inaugural Address. In case you missed what he said, here it is: The good news is that the President has the means to make good...continued

A Carbon Pollution Solution Worthy of a President

Posted December 12, 2012 by Pete Altman in Curbing Pollution, Solving Global Warming

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In his first post-election news conference, President Obama made an important statement: I am a firm believer that climate change is real, that it is impacted by human behavior, and carbon emissions … And as a consequence, I think we've...continued

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