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Feature: ARCHIVED: The Obama Agenda

Priorities Include Investing in Clean Energy

President Obama's address to a joint session of Congress lays out a broad agenda for restoring financial stability and confronting the nation's long-term economic challenges. Repowering America by investing in clean energy must be at the heart of any successful economic recovery plan. NRDC experts offer analysis and insights about the president's energy and environmental initiatives.

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Keystone XL tar sands pipeline fails Presidential climate test

Posted June 25, 2013 by Susan Casey-Lefkowitz

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In an historic speech, President Obama released a plan for America to tackle the climate change that is costing us so much with its droughts, floods, and violent storms. America will be moving forward with critical limits on carbon pollution...continued

Expensive, dangerous and risky - what do Congressional Republicans gain from supporting the Keystone XL tar sands pipeline?

Posted January 24, 2012 by Susan Casey-Lefkowitz

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After the State of the Union address tonight, we can expect Governor Daniels’ GOP response to sing the praises of the proposed Keystone XL tar sands pipeline which would put Americans at risk to benefit multinational oil companies. Keystone XL...continued

The Environmental State of the Union

Posted January 24, 2012 by Frances Beinecke

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The annual State of the Union Address is a time for taking stock.  Tonight President Obama will assess our nation's progress on a range of urgent issues, but today I want to look closely at one critical indicator of America's...continued

New Cornell Global Labor Institute report shows that the Keystone XL tar sands pipeline is not the path to economic security

Posted September 8, 2011 by Susan Casey-Lefkowitz

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This evening, President Obama spoke to the nation about jobs and confirmed that he will not let the economic crisis be used to roll back environmental protections. Hopefully that commitment can translate into increased incentives for clean energy jobs and...continued

Obama's Oil Savings Plan at Work: UPS

Posted April 1, 2011 by Luke Tonachel

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In a speech in Georgetown earlier this week, President Obama restated his goal to cut oil imports by a third by 2025, and laid out a plan to get there: by increasing vehicle carbon pollution and fuel economy standards and...continued

We Can Meet (and Exceed) President Obama's Oil Security Goal with Clean Energy

Posted March 31, 2011 by Luke Tonachel

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Yesterday, President Obama announced a national goal to cut oil imports by one-third by 2025. The cheapest, cleanest and fastest way to not just reach but exceed the President’s goal is through clean energy policies, especially fuel efficiency and increased...continued

Obama Promotes Clean Energy and Clean Air in the State of the Union

Posted January 26, 2011 by Frances Beinecke

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In last night’s State of the Union Address, President Obama presented a bold, confident plan for leading America into the future, and he placed clean energy solutions at its center. These technologies, he said, will help our nation “win the...continued

Americans Need Jobs; Clean Energy Legislation Will Generate Them

Posted December 8, 2009 by Frances Beinecke

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When President Obama outlined his plan for generating more jobs in America in his speech on Tuesday, he included clean energy initiatives among his top three employment strategies. I applaud the president’s plan. Clean energy programs are a proven way...continued

Obama at MIT: The Nation that Leads in Clean Energy Will Lead the Global Economy

Posted October 23, 2009 by Frances Beinecke

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Two weeks ago, I gave a speech at MIT urging the students to use their ingenuity and engineering expertise to help stop global warming. It was inspiring to speak directly to young people who have the talent to help put...continued

President Obama's Electric Ride

Posted March 20, 2009 by Luke Tonachel

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When I heard that President Obama was going to visit Southern California Edison's Electric Vehicle Test Center, I pictured him behind the wheel of a plug-in vehicle with a big smile on his face. He'd step on the accelerator, feel...continued

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