Keystone pipeline report boosts supporters, deflates environmentalists
February 26th, 2014
08:58 PM ET
2 months ago

Keystone pipeline report boosts supporters, deflates environmentalists

Washington (CNN) - A new State Department report on the Keystone XL pipeline released Wednesday cheered advocates, who called for immediate approval, and dismayed environmentalists, who questioned it.

The Office of the Inspector General’s report essentially boosted a critical document in the debate - the State Department’s environmental review, which forecast that the project would have minimal environmental impact.  The inspector general dismissed complaints that the review was biased, finding it was handled properly, with standards sometimes “more rigorous” than required.

Environmental groups complained that some contractors who worked on the environmental study had also done work for TransCanada, the company which hopes to build the pipeline.
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Filed under: Energy • Environmental policy • State Department
February 26th, 2014
06:09 PM ET
2 months ago

Keystone pipeline may be headed for further delay

Washington (CNN) - A debate of more than five years could stretch even longer with Wednesday's call for a health study on the proposed Keystone XL oil pipeline from Canada.

Two Democratic senators - Barbara Boxer of California and Sheldon Whitehouse of Rhode Island - urged Secretary of State John Kerry to examine higher rates of cancer and other illness reported in places impacted by the "tar sands" oil from northern Alberta.

Their letter to Kerry sought to further delay the project that has support from Republicans, some Democrats, the oil industry and labor unions. A Pew Research Center poll in September showed 65% of respondents favored building it.

So why is this still being debated?

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Filed under: Energy • Environmental policy • John Kerry • Senate • State Department
Obama takes next step in fuel efficiency drive
February 18th, 2014
06:00 AM ET
2 months ago

Obama takes next step in fuel efficiency drive

Updated 2:10 p.m. ET, 2/18/2014

Washington (CNN) – President Barack Obama took the next step on Tuesday in his administration's effort to cut emissions and reduce oil use through better fuel economy on the nation's highways.

Speaking at a Safeway distribution center in Maryland, Obama instructed environmental and transportation agencies to get to work on the next round of gas mileage requirements for big trucks.
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Keystone pipeline impact study expected Friday
The Keystone XL pipeline would be expected to carry 830,000 gallons a day, but it has met with protest, largely over environmental concerns.
January 31st, 2014
07:45 AM ET
3 months ago

Keystone pipeline impact study expected Friday

(CNN) – The results of an environmental impact study into the Keystone XL pipeline project will be announced Friday afternoon, two senior administration officials and another source familiar with the timing told CNN.

The sources were not authorized to speak on the record.

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Filed under: Energy • Environmental policy
Justices to review greenhouse gas regulation
October 15th, 2013
11:48 AM ET
6 months ago

Justices to review greenhouse gas regulation

Washington (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 announced Tuesday they had accepted six separate appeals for review, which will be consolidated into an hour of oral arguments scheduled for early next year. A ruling is expected by June.

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Filed under: Environmental policy • EPA • Supreme Court
Poll: Many Americans not all that concerned about climate change
June 25th, 2013
07:23 AM ET
10 months ago

Poll: Many Americans not all that concerned about climate change

Washington (CNN) – As President Obama is expected to lay out his plans for combating global climate change Tuesday, Americans don't seem to be overly concerned about the threat from the environment, according to a new poll.

Americans were far less likely to name global climate change as a major threat to their country compared to international counterparts, according to a new poll spanning more than three dozen countries from the Pew Research Center released Monday.
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Filed under: climate change • Environmental policy • Polls • President Obama
First on CNN: New online ads urge against carbon tax
June 5th, 2013
12:46 PM ET
11 months ago

First on CNN: New online ads urge against carbon tax

(CNN) – Online ads, backed by a six-figure buy from a conservative group, are hitting the web urging lawmakers to oppose a tax on carbon emissions.

The campaign from Americans for Prosperity goes after senators and representatives from 15 states, and begins with a budget of $175,000, according to a release from the organization.
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Filed under: Energy • Environmental policy
Activists arrested at WH over climate change protest
February 13th, 2013
03:21 PM ET
10 months ago

Activists arrested at WH over climate change protest

Washington (CNN) - Dozens of environmental activists - including Bobby Kennedy Jr. and actress Daryl Hannah - cuffed themselves to a White House gate on Wednesday in a climate change protest that ultimately resulted in their arrests.

Chanting, "President Obama, we don't want no climate drama!" activists demanded concrete government action on the issue. Their first hope: the Obama administration's rejection of the controversial Keystone Pipeline XL.
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Filed under: Environmental policy • White House
CNN Poll: Do Americans agree with Obama on climate change and immigration?
January 22nd, 2013
05:00 AM ET
1 year ago

CNN Poll: Do Americans agree with Obama on climate change and immigration?

Washington (CNN) - Saying "we will respond to the threat of climate change," President Barack Obama used his second inaugural address to put the divisive issue back on the front burner. But according to a new national survey, Americans are divided over whether global warming is a man made phenomenon.

The president also used his speech to highlight the controversial issue of illegal immigration, and a CNN/ORC International survey released Tuesday also indicates that a bare majority of the public says the main focus of the federal government should be on developing a plan that would allow undocumented immigrants to become legal residents, rather than deporting them.
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Climate change is back on the table
November 7th, 2012
02:50 PM ET
1 year ago

Climate change is back on the table

New York (CNNMoney) - Climate change is once again a hot topic in the Untied States.

Hurricane Sandy brought the issue back into the spotlight just days before the presidential election. Pundits were quick to note the irony of a massive superstorm striking after three presidential debates that didn't mention climate change once.

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