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Copenhagen Accord Falls Short

By Justin O'Neill
February 9, 2010
File under: Environmental Policy, Global Initiatives, Obama


In December 2009, a month after President Obama’s visit to China, the United States joined a host of delegates at the 2009 United Nations Climate Change Conference, also known as the Copenhagen Summit or Cop15.

Years of planning went into these negotiations between 115 world leaders, though the outcome (by most assessments) was pretty disappointing.

The main conclusion of days of discussion and debate was the Copenhagen Accord, a document “taken note of” (rather than “adopted”) by the United States, Brazil, China, India, and South Africa.  …read more of Copenhagen Accord Falls Short here

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U.S. and China Step Toward a Clean Energy Future

By Justin O'Neill
January 29, 2010
File under: Clean Energy, Environmental Policy, Obama


With healthcare, the economy, Tiger Woods, and Conan O’Brien at the center of most media attention in the end of 2009 and beginning of 2010, coverage of the latest international efforts to reverse the effects of climate change has been drowned out.

While the result of the Copenhagen summit may have been disappointing, there is promising progress with an agreement with China.  Considering China and US are two of the largest eco footprints an agreement could have huge effects.

In November 2009, President Obama traveled to China and met with President Hu Jintao.  The two leaders announced an ambitious and sweeping plan to increase cooperation between the United States and China in developing and incorporating clean energy.  According to the U.S. Department of Energy, the Chinese agreement has seven primary components: …read more of U.S. and China Step Toward a Clean Energy Future here

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NYT Assesses Obama on Energy and Environment

By Ted Nelson
November 5, 2009
File under: Carbon Emission Reduction, Economy, election 08, Environmental Policy, Obama


On the one year anniversary of Obama‘s election, the New York Times has run an article assessing Barack on some of the issues which have defined his presidency to date. One of the areas covered is Energy and Environment. The analysis is not very in-depth, divided into one paragraph about his campaign promises and one about the action he’s taken in office.

A headline atop the Energy and Environment section sums its contents and Obama’s record on the issue up nicely: “Some progress, but the big fight is still ahead.”

As a candidate, Barack Obama called for a transformation in the way the United States produces and consumes energy to address global warming and to reduce …read more of NYT Assesses Obama on Energy and Environment here

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Blogging ACES Pt. 2 – Energy Efficiency

By Terrence Murray
July 29, 2009
File under: Clean Energy, Conservation Standards, Obama

Image Credit: maciekSz, Flickr CC

The American Clean Energy and Security Act (ACES) is a massive piece of legislation that leaves no stone unturned. It has a cap and trade provision; it provides billions of dollars for the development of clean electricity by harnessing the power of wind and sun, and it also includes funding — to the tune of $90 billion –  to support an extensive energy efficiency program.

Ironically, while much attention has focused on the bill’s cap-and-trade provision, covered here, energy efficiency is the one provision in this ACES legislation that over the long-term could have the most impact in resolving the climate change issue.

Step 1: Reduce the Need for Energy

It’s true that building wind farms across the U.S. wind corridor or massive solar power plants in the western deserts sound like attractive propositions. However, they also generate their share of issues. …read more of Blogging ACES Pt. 2 – Energy Efficiency here

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First Latino to Supreme Court

By Ted Nelson
May 28, 2009
File under: Cabinet, Obama


Barack Obama named his nominee to replace Justice David Souter on the United States Supreme Court today: Sonia Sotomayor, a U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals judge in New York.

Sotomayor was appointed to the Federal District Court of Manhattan by the first President Bush and then promoted to the Court of Appeals by Clinton, leading Obama to praise her as a non-partisan nominee.

She studied at Princeton before attending Yale Law school. She is a first generation American who grew up in the Bronx, the daughter of a factory worker: seemingly the embodiment of the American Dream.

If appointed she will be the first Latino ever to serve on the nation’s highest court, and the one of two woman on the current Court. …read more of First Latino to Supreme Court here

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