Sandy reminds us of climate change and other forgotten campaign issues
October 30th, 2012
05:02 PM ET
1 year ago

Sandy reminds us of climate change and other forgotten campaign issues

Washington (CNN) – Superstorm Sandy's ability to wreak havoc on the most populated parts of the country this week has pointed out a noticeable gap in the 2012 presidential election - how little the candidates have focused on climate change, the environment and other under-covered issues.

"With flooding in NYC and 3 feet of snow in W VA, isn't it time for candidates to address climate change and extreme weather," tweeted Darrell West, a director at the Brookings Institution, a public policy think tank.

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Filed under: 2012 • Environmental policy
CNN Fact Check: Wind power, electric cars and the stimulus
October 12th, 2012
06:46 AM ET
2 years ago

CNN Fact Check: Wind power, electric cars and the stimulus

(CNN) - There was no shortage of wind or electricity at Thursday night's debate between Vice President Joe Biden and Rep. Paul Ryan, the Republican contender for that office. But federal support for wind power and electric cars was one of the early flashpoints between the two.

"Was it a good idea to spend taxpayer dollars on electric cars in Finland or windmills in China?" Ryan asked Biden as he defended the Obama administration's economic stimulus measures. "Was it a good idea to borrow this money from China and spend it on these interest groups?"

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Filed under: 2012 • Energy • Environmental policy • Fact Check • Joe Biden • Paul Ryan
Senate votes in favor of clean air protections
June 20th, 2012
01:59 PM ET
2 years ago

Senate votes in favor of clean air protections

(CNN) - Senate Joint Resolution 37, the Senate bill that would overturn the Environmental Protection Agency's controversial Mercury and Air Toxics Standards or MATS, was voted down Wednesday by a margin of 46 to 53.

Introduced by Sen. James Inhofe, R-Oklahoma, in February, the resolution was a challenge to the country's first national protections rule designed to limit the amount of heavy metals like mercury, arsenic, chromium, nickel and other toxic air pollutants released by power plants that burn coal and oil - toxins many suspect cause cancer and other health problems.

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Filed under: Congress • Environmental policy
Huntsman sails around climate change
December 6th, 2011
02:52 PM ET
2 years ago

Huntsman sails around climate change

(CNN) - Former Utah. Gov. Jon Huntsman, known for having the most moderate view on climate change in GOP presidential field, suggested Tuesday the verdict was still out on mankind's role in the situation.

"Because there are questions about the validity of the science...I think the onus is on the scientific community to provide more, to help clarify the situation," Huntsman said at the Heritage Foundation, a conservative think tank in Washington, D.C.
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On climate change, Dems and Perry find Romney shifting
October 28th, 2011
04:57 PM ET
2 years ago

On climate change, Dems and Perry find Romney shifting

(CNN) – Mitt Romney found himself taking hits from both a Republican rival and Democrats Friday over his stance on climate change, which both sides said had changed over the course of a few months.

On Thursday, the former Massachusetts governor told voters at a campaign event in Pittsburgh that he didn't know what was causing climate change.
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Filed under: DNC • Environmental policy • Mitt Romney • Rick Perry
Environmental 'gut check time' for Obama?
October 7th, 2011
08:21 AM ET
3 years ago

Environmental 'gut check time' for Obama?

(CNN) - Courtney Hight told herself not to cry as police handcuffed her outside the White House. "I knew I was doing the right thing," she said. "So I did not cry."

On a cloudy day last month Hight, a former member of the White House Council on Environmental Quality, took a huge career risk and joined more than 1,200 protesters who were demanding that President Obama deny a building permit for Keystone XL, a planned oil pipeline that would stretch from Alberta, Canada, to Texas.

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Obama backs off tough clean air regulation
September 2nd, 2011
01:00 PM ET
3 years ago

Obama backs off tough clean air regulation

New York (CNNMoney) – After weeks of Republican attacks over tightening environmental regulations, President Obama said Friday he would halt a planned increase in clean air standards.

In a statement released just hours after the U.S. Labor Department said the economy created no new jobs in August, Obama said he told Environmental Protection Agency head Lisa Jackson to withdraw the draft Ozone National Ambient Air Quality Standards.

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Filed under: Environmental policy • EPA • Obama administration
Senate fails to halt ethanol tax breaks
June 14th, 2011
03:11 PM ET
3 years ago

Senate fails to halt ethanol tax breaks

NEW YORK (CNNMoney) - Ethanol subsidies are still alive and kickin'.

The Senate rejected an amendment Tuesday that would have put an abrupt stop to tax breaks and incentives for corn-based ethanol products popular with farm-state lawmakers.

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Filed under: CNNMoney.com • Environmental policy • Senate
President Obama tries to ease environmentalist fears
April 15th, 2011
09:32 PM ET
3 years ago

President Obama tries to ease environmentalist fears

Washington (CNN)- President Obama surprised a group of young environmental organizers Friday during what they thought was just a meeting with White House staffers about energy policy.

"We went in thinking we were meeting with senior staff and there walked in Barack Obama," said Courtney Hight, co-director of Energy Action Coalition, "We got to share with him what we care about."
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Filed under: Al Gore • Environmental policy • President Obama
October 12th, 2010
12:27 PM ET
4 years ago

Sources: Obama administration to lift deepwater drilling moratorium

Washington (CNN) - The Obama administration plans to lift the deepwater drilling moratorium that was put in place in the wake of the BP oil spill, two government sources told CNN on Tuesday.

Interior Secretary Ken Salazar and the new head of the government agency overseeing offshore drilling, Michael Bromwich, were scheduled to hold a 1 p.m. news conference on the issue.

The moratorium began after the Gulf oil spill in April, and has drawn criticism from Republicans, Gulf state officials and coastal residents for stopping some oil drilling operations. Salazar has said the moratorium was necessary to ensure a similar accident to the one that caused the Gulf disaster doesn't happen.


Filed under: Environmental policy • issues
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