Get Energy Smart! NOW!

Blogging for a sustainable energy future.

Get Energy Smart!  NOW! header image 4

Entries Tagged as 'Obama Administration'

The sun is shining on and at the White House: Honoring Solar #WHChamps

April 17th, 2014 · No Comments

Today, there is an all day event at the White House on solar power, both announcing a series of initiatives and honoring “solar champions” from around the nation (full press release after the fold). ¬†These champions are representative of leaders in technological change, drivers for policy change, and people working ‘in the grassroots’ to get [...]

[

Tags: Obama Administration · solar

Steer-ing the climate conversation to sanity re economic analysis

February 21st, 2014 · No Comments

Monday evening, the PBS’ Newshour hosted a segment on climate change issues building on Secretary of State John Kerry’s strong comments over the weekend equating climate change with weapons of mass destruction.
The science of climate change is leaping out at us like a scene from a 3-D movie. …
Terrorism, epidemics, poverty, the proliferation of weapons [...]

[

Tags: Global Warming · Obama Administration · analysis · climate change · economics · government energy policy

If there is a “War on Coal”, would the Export-Import Bank be tried as traitors?

October 17th, 2013 · No Comments

The fossil fuel industry — with predictable political allies — has repeatedly sought to convince Americans (via an all-too often gullible media) that the Obama Administration is engaged on a “War on Coal” (. ¬†While reasonable analysis would suggest that one can say that it is actually ‘coal industrial interests’ that is engaged in warfare [...]

[

Tags: Energy · Obama Administration

The President’s Climate Speech: Everyone will exaggerate costs, understate benefits

June 25th, 2013 · 1 Comment

Today, the President will be giving a speech at Georgetown University on climate change issues, with announcements of initiatives that will be taken leveraging the powers of the Administrative Branch because the Congress is unable (and, to a large extent, unwilling) to take meaningful action to address climate change: whether mitigation or adaptation.
There are two [...]

[

Tags: Obama Administration · President Barack Obama · analysis · climate change · political symbols · politics

@OFA “Call Out Climate Change Deniers”

May 22nd, 2013 · 1 Comment

Organizing for America (OFA) is moving toward an ever-more aggressive positioning when it comes to clean energy and climate change issues.
Added this past week to the website, “Call Out Climate Change Deniers“:
Climate change is real, it’s caused largely by human activities, and it poses significant risks for our health. Some members of Congress disagree with [...]

[

Tags: Obama Administration · anti-science syndrome · barack obama · climate change · climate delayers · climate zombies

Being arrested in front of White House: Another Tar Sands Externality

February 13th, 2013 · 1 Comment

The morning after the President actually discussed climate change in the State of the Union address, a group of prominent people are heading to the White House to risk arrest in a call on the President to live up to those words on the need to act on climate change. The Keystone XL pipeline, [...]

[

Tags: Energy · Obama Administration · President Barack Obama · oil

President Obama giving “Godfather” a medal

February 1st, 2013 · No Comments

Later today (scheduled for 1415 eastern), President Obama will award the National Medal of Technology to a true hero: Art Rosenfeld.
Simply put, Art’s is a name that every American should know.
He has had a profound impact on essentially all of our lives.
And, if there is any real regret to be had, it is that [...]

[

Tags: Energy · Obama Administration · energy efficiency

#ObamaEnv: Steps for Presidential Action in light of Inaugural Address

January 22nd, 2013 · 1 Comment

President Obama’s inaugural address is being accounted for as one of his most progressive statements (certainly to a national audience) as President of the United States. Engaging in ‘climate spotting’, the paragraphs directly discussing Climate Change make it a true centerpiece of this (relatively) short inaugural address.
We, the people, still believe that our obligations [...]

[

Tags: Energy · Global Warming · Obama Administration · President Barack Obama · climate change · environmental · political symbols

Capturing the nightmare of American politics: two exemplary graphs

January 17th, 2013 · No Comments

Harvard University’s Theda Skocpol just put out a serious look at the fight for a cap and trade bill in 2009-10 with an effort to draw lessons for environmental organizations (and others) for future action. As with essentially everything that Skocpol has ever published, there is much to be learned and think about from [...]

[

Tags: Obama Administration

Move aside Star Wars, Mark Ruffalo calls for “Declaration of War on Climate Change” at WH site

January 13th, 2013 · 3 Comments

Sparked by the White House’s thoughtful (and wonderfully hilarious and must read) rejection of the petition to build a Death Star (by 2016), actor Mark Ruffalo has posted a White House petition calling for a declaration of war on Climate Change.
I just started a petition. Let’s declare War On Climate Change. Figured if [...]

[

Tags: Global Warming · Obama Administration · climate change