Barack Obama

EPA Revisits Bush-Era Denial of California Tailpipe Emissions Waiver

EPA Revisits Bush-Era Denial of California Tailpipe Emissions Waiver

WASHINGTON, DC, February 6, 2009 (ENS) – In accordance with President Barack Obama’s order in January, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency will reconsider its decision denying California permission to set standards controlling greenhouse gases from motor vehicles. The waiver request was made by California on December 21, 2005, to allow the state the right to…

Obama's Inaugural Address Shows Concern for the Planet

Obama's Inaugural Address Shows Concern for the Planet

WASHINGTON, DC, January 20, 2009 (ENS) – In his inaugural address today, before some two million people on the National Mall and the assembled living past presidents and current legislators, President Barack Obama exhorted the nation to unite to surmount the present “crisis.” The new president gave attention not only to the social and economic…

High Ethical Standards Will Rule Interior Department, Salazar Vows

High Ethical Standards Will Rule Interior Department, Salazar Vows

WASHINGTON, DC, January 23, 2009 (ENS) – The Obama administration’s new Secretary of the Interior, Ken Salazar, has promised that high ethical standards will be the norm at the department that has been plagued with scandals under the Bush administration. In an address to thousands of Interior Department employees Thursday broadcast live by satellite to…

Obama Freezes Pending Federal Rules, Wolves May Benefit

Obama Freezes Pending Federal Rules, Wolves May Benefit

WASHINGTON, DC, January 21, 2009 (ENS) – In one of his first presidential acts, President Barack Obama has ordered federal agencies to halt all pending regulations until his administration can review them. White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel issued the memorandum Tuesday shortly after Obama took the oath of office at noon on the…

Poll: Thousands of Scientists Affirm Human-Caused Global Warming

Poll: Thousands of Scientists Affirm Human-Caused Global Warming

CHICAGO, Illinois, January 20, 2009 (ENS) – While the bitter cold of President Barack Obama’s Inauguration Day in Washington may seem to contradict the idea that global warming continues, a new survey reveals consensus among scientists about the reality of climate change and its likely cause. The survey of 3,146 earth scientists from around the…

Day of Service Touches Hearts Across America

Day of Service Touches Hearts Across America

WASHINGTON, DC, January 19, 2009 (ENS) – Hundreds of thousands of people participated in more than 11,000 service events across the country today to honor President-elect Barack Obama’s request to Americans of all ages to help fellow citizens in celebration of the Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday and of his inauguration as the 44th President…

Obama's Green Investment Plan Could Refresh Ohio's Economy

Obama's Green Investment Plan Could Refresh Ohio's Economy

COLUMBUS, Ohio, January 13, 2009 (ENS) – After he takes office on January 20, President Barack Obama has said he will seek congressional approval to invest $150 billion over 10 years on clean energy initiatives. This would fund next-generation biofuels and fuel infrastructure, advance the commercialization of plug-in hybrids, develop renewable energy, invest in low-emissions…

State of the World 2009: Time to Cool the Planet Running Out

State of the World 2009: Time to Cool the Planet Running Out

WASHINGTON, DC, January 13, 2009 (ENS) – Ending the emission of the greenhouse gas carbon dioxide by 2050 will be necessary to avoid “catastrophic disruption to the world’s climate,” according to the Worldwatch Institute in its 26th annual assessment, “State of the World 2009: Into a Warming World,” released today. Yet, the independent research organization…

Obama-Biden Inaugural Features Two Green Celebrations

Obama-Biden Inaugural Features Two Green Celebrations

WASHINGTON, DC, January 13, 2009 (ENS) – In honor of President-Elect Barack Obama and Vice President-Elect Joe Biden, millions of people are heading to the nation’s capital to celebrate the inauguration set for January 20. First up, and greenest, the Green Inaugural Ball: Maximum Celebration, Minimal Impact, on Saturday at the Andrew W. Mellon Auditorium…

Obama Vows Dramatic Action Towards a Greener Economy

Obama Vows Dramatic Action Towards a Greener Economy

FAIRFAX, Virginia, January 8, 2009 (ENS) – President-elect Barack Obama today pledged to quickly implement a plan that will save or create three million jobs by doubling the production of alternative energy; weatherizing 75 percent of federal buildings and two million American homes; and investing in new infrastructure, science, research, and technology. In a speech…

Green Jobs – Myth or Engine for Growth?

Green Jobs – Myth or Engine for Growth?

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115 Groups Ask Obama's Ag Secretary to End Wildlife Killing

115 Groups Ask Obama's Ag Secretary to End Wildlife Killing

WASHINGTON, DC, January 2, 2008 (ENS) – A coalition of 115 conservation, animal protection, ranching, and faith-based organizations from across the United States today sent a letter to President-elect Barack Obama’s nominee for agriculture secretary asking that he halt the government slaughter of millions of wild animals, including wolves, coyotes, bears, cougars, and prairie dogs.…

Lawsuit Challenges 11th Hour Cuts in Endangered Species Protections

Lawsuit Challenges 11th Hour Cuts in Endangered Species Protections

SAN FRANCISCO, California, December 17, 2008 (ENS) – Regulations announced by Secretary of the Interior Dirk Kempthorne last week that would exempt many federal activities, including those that generate greenhouse gases, from review under the Endangered Species Act were published in the Federal Register Tuesday. But the regulations are being challenged in court by three…

Obama's Choice of Salazar for Interior, Vilsack for Agriculture Praised

Obama's Choice of Salazar for Interior, Vilsack for Agriculture Praised

CHICAGO, Illinois, December 17, 2008 (ENS) – In announcing Colorado Senator Ken Salazar as his choice for secretary of the interior and former Iowa Governor Tom Vilsack for secretary of agriculture, President-elect Barack Obama said he considers both men to be key members of his energy and environment team. “It’s time for a new kind…

Obama's Choices for Energy-Environment Signal New Direction

Obama's Choices for Energy-Environment Signal New Direction

CHICAGO, Illinois, December 15, 2008 (ENS) – “The team that I have assembled here today is uniquely suited to meet the great challenges of this defining moment,” President-elect Barack Obama said at a Chicago press conference today announcing his nominees for the top officials who will lead his administration on the intertwined sectors of energy…

EPA Abandons Attempts to Change Clean Air Rules

EPA Abandons Attempts to Change Clean Air Rules

WASHINGTON, DC, December 11, 2008 (ENS) – The Bush administration has dropped plans to adopt two Clean Air Act rules that would have allowed power plants and other polluters to increase smog and soot pollution. The first rule concerned the Clean Air Act’s New Source Review program. It would have allowed coal-fired power plants to…

Obama Would 'Save the Planet' By Repowering America

Obama Would 'Save the Planet' By Repowering America

CHICAGO, Illinois, December 10, 2008 (ENS) – President-elect Barack Obama signaled that he is ready to tackle the climate crisis immediately upon taking office, following a meeting Tuesday with former Vice President Al Gore and Vice President-elect Joe Biden. “All three of us are in agreement that the time for delay is over, the time…

As Commerce Secretary, Richardson Will Govern Air, Oceans

As Commerce Secretary, Richardson Will Govern Air, Oceans

CHICAGO, Illinois, December 4, 2008 (ENS) – President-elect Barack Obama has tapped New Mexico Governor Bill Richardson to be his Secretary of Commerce, a position with many natural resources responsibilities. Richardson will be in charge of rebuilding the U.S. economy on a basis of clean energy and green jobs – two of the essential pillars…

Environmental Pledges Flow from First Clinton Global Initiative Asia

Environmental Pledges Flow from First Clinton Global Initiative Asia

HONG KONG, China, December 3, 2008 (ENS) – Commitments to clean Hong Kong’s beaches, produce carbon-free energy from rice residues, and raise awareness of climate change in India are among the results of the first Clinton Global Initiative meeting in Asia. Today, at the conclusion of the two-day meeting in Hong Kong, former President Bill…

Youth Embarassed By U.S. Delegation at Climate Conference

Youth Embarassed By U.S. Delegation at Climate Conference

POZNAN, Poland, December 1, 2008 (ENS) – The U.S. climate delegation’s “sidestepping and recalcitrance” in a news conference on the opening morning of the United Nations annual climate conference in Poznan was denounced by the international climate campaign 350.org and a group of young people from the United States who are attending the meetings. Lead…

Clean Energy Can Fuel Economic Revival, Green Groups Tell Obama

Clean Energy Can Fuel Economic Revival, Green Groups Tell Obama

WASHINGTON, DC, November 28, 2008 (ENS) – President-elect Barack Obama can revive the U.S. economy – and aggressively combat climate change – by investing in clean energy technologies and strengthening environmental protections, the leaders of major U.S. environmental groups advise. The recommendation is a central part of a lengthy wish list of policies sent to…

Democrats in Control: Climate, Clean Energy Top Legislative Agenda

Democrats in Control: Climate, Clean Energy Top Legislative Agenda

WASHINGTON, DC, November 21, 2008 (ENS) – The order of business in the incoming 111th Congress is beginning to take shape. When lawmakers convene on January 6, 2009, Democrats will be firmly in control of both houses, although today the outcome of several elections is still unclear. When Democratic President-elect Barack Obama takes office on…

Robert Redford: Mr. President, Respect Our Choice

Robert Redford: Mr. President, Respect Our Choice

Americans Rejected ‘Drill, Baby, Drill.’ Bush Should Respect Our Choice. By Robert Redford Part of the change Americans just voted for in overwhelming numbers was to move away from the failed energy philosophy of “drill, baby, drill” to a more farsighted strategy, emphasized by Barack Obama, based on clean, renewable energy and efficiency. Yet on…

Enviros' Obama To-Do List: Safeguard Climate, Water, Wildlife

Enviros' Obama To-Do List: Safeguard Climate, Water, Wildlife

WASHINGTON, DC, November 14, 2008 (ENS) – The end of the Bush administration can’t come soon enough for U.S. conservation groups, who believe that the election of Barack Obama has ushered in a “new era of hope” for the environment. “Eight dismal years of environmental abuse and neglect are now coming to an end,” said…

G20 Leaders Urged to Support Global Green New Deal

G20 Leaders Urged to Support Global Green New Deal

WASHINGTON, DC, November 12, 2008 (ENS) – When the leaders of the G20 countries gather in Washington this weekend for a special summit on the global financial crisis, pressure will be on to seek solutions in the growth of a new green economy. Today in Washington, Gary Gardner and Michael Renner, senior researchers with the…