May 6th, 2014
10:58 AM ET
5 months ago

Inside Politics speed read: Can Obama do anything on climate change?

WH: Climate change is happening now, and it is alarming: The White House has released a years-in-the-making climate change assessment that predicts the alarming effects of rapidly changing global weather patterns. Rising sea levels, more droughts in the West, more hurricanes and more tornadoes will affect every American, the report says.

So what to do about it? Congress has shown no willingness to act. Democrats passed a sweeping climate change bill in 2010 and promptly lost their control of the House of Representatives.

President Obama is expected to enact new regulations unilaterally in June that would place new restrictions on power plants. The White House climate change fixer, new special adviser John Podesta, said efforts by Republicans to rein in Obama’s climate change authority have “zero chance” of working.

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Filed under: climate change • Inside Politics • Keystone XL • North Carolina
May 6th, 2014
10:32 AM ET
5 months ago

White House sets out looming climate risks for U.S., calls for 'urgent action'

Washington (CNN) – Flooded rail lines. Bigger, more frequent droughts. A rash of wildfires.

Those are some of the alarming predictions in a White House climate change report released Tuesday, part of President Barack Obama's broader second-term effort to help the nation prepare for the effects of higher temperatures, rising sea levels and more erratic weather.

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Filed under: climate change • Energy • President Obama • White House
White House set to lay out imminent climate risks
May 5th, 2014
04:00 PM ET
5 months ago

White House set to lay out imminent climate risks

Updated 7:49 p.m. ET, 5/5/2014

Washington (CNN) - Flooded rail lines. Plagues of pests and herbicide-resistant weeds. A rash of wildfires.

Those are some of the alarming predictions in an early draft of a White House climate change report set for release on Tuesday, part of President Barack Obama's broader second-term effort to help the nation prepare for the effects of warmer temperatures, rising sea levels, and more erratic weather.

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Filed under: climate change • White House
Tech giants commit to helping Obama spread word on climate change
March 19th, 2014
02:15 PM ET
7 months ago

Tech giants commit to helping Obama spread word on climate change

Washington (CNN) – President Barack Obama is getting some help from the country's tech giants in his effort to show Americans how climate change will affect their communities.

The private sector commitments from firms like Google and Microsoft come at the same time the White House announced Wednesday a new government initiative to make public data related to climate more accessible to the public, with the goal of spurring better preparation and prevention for eventual changes to Americans' environment.

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Filed under: climate change • President Obama
First on CNN: Republicans hit Landrieu over climate change talk-a-thon
March 11th, 2014
10:09 AM ET
7 months ago

First on CNN: Republicans hit Landrieu over climate change talk-a-thon

(CNN) - Nearly 30 senators staged an overnight debate on the Senate floor Monday night through Tuesday morning, trying to bring attention to what they say is a dire need to combat climate change with legislative action.

But Sen. Mary Landrieu, the new chairman of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, was noticeably absent from the demonstration. The vulnerable Democrat faces re-election this fall in Louisiana, a state with large swaths of conservative voters.
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Filed under: 2014 • Ads • climate change • Energy • Louisiana • Mary Landrieu
Justices to review greenhouse gas regulation
February 21st, 2014
03:03 PM ET
7 months ago

Justices to review greenhouse gas regulation

(CNN) – The Supreme Court will take another look at government regulation of air pollution in a high-stakes environmental and economic fight pitting the Obama administration against a coalition of states and utilities.

The justices on Monday will hear six separate appeals, which have been consolidated into an hour of oral arguments. A ruling is expected by June.

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Filed under: climate change • Supreme Court
February 20th, 2014
06:10 PM ET
7 months ago

Cruz to CNN: Global warming not supported by data

Beaumont, TX (CNN) – Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, questions whether global warming is real, arguing that the "data are not supporting what the advocates are arguing."

"The last 15 years, there has been no recorded warming. Contrary to all the theories that – that they are expounding, there should have been warming over the last 15 years. It hasn't happened," said Cruz.

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Filed under: climate change • Ted Cruz
5 reasons why climate change is back in the news
February 18th, 2014
08:27 PM ET
7 months ago

5 reasons why climate change is back in the news

Washington (CNN) – In the space of 48 hours, Secretary of State John Kerry likened climate change to a weapon of mass destruction, Newt Gingrich called Kerry delusional, Sunday talk shows argued about it and President Barack Obama announced another executive action to combat it.

After what seemed like a lull in political focus on the issue, why is everyone talking about it this week?

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Filed under: climate change
February 18th, 2014
12:51 PM ET
7 months ago

Newt Gingrich to John Kerry: Resign

Updated 6:44 p.m. ET, 2/18/2014

Washington (CNN) – Newt Gingrich is amplifying his call for Secretary of State John Kerry to resign over his comments that climate change represents the biggest challenge “of our generation.”

"I think it's very troubling that our secretary of state … believes that climate change is a greater danger than a nuclear war," Gingrich said Tuesday in an interview with CNN’s Wolf Blitzer on “The Situation Room.”

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Filed under: climate change • John Kerry • Newt Gingrich
Obama administration vows more action on climate change sparking debate
President Obama walks with California Governor Jerry Brown, Joe and Maria Del Bosque of Empresas Del Bosque farm, addressing California's drought situation
February 16th, 2014
02:44 PM ET
8 months ago

Obama administration vows more action on climate change sparking debate

(CNN) - Following President Barack Obama’s announcement of $1 billion in new funding to help prepare for the effects of climate change, Secretary of State John Kerry promised his own actions as part of the administration's push in a keynote speech in Indonesia, warning that climate change will also threaten the world economy.

But the consensus is still split on the merits of climate change among lawmakers.

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