DNR for Old Coal Plants

By William S. Becker Donald Trump is having a tough time keeping his campaign promise to save the coal industry. More than 20 coal-fired power plants have closed during his presidency so far. His problem is pretty obvious: He is fighting against very strong market forces. And despite his claims to the contrary, his efforts to promote coal and fossil fuels in general will make the United States weaker and more vulnerable. Trump is anachronistic when it comes to energy, At a time when the world must turn away from fossil fuels because of global climate change -- and every nation except the United States has promised to do so -- the president wants the U.S. to become the planet’s leading producer of oil, coal and natural gas. He is trying to push us back into last century's fossil energy economy by relaxing pollution standards and opening new lands and coastal waters for oil and gas production. He seems to have a special interest in coal. He and Energy Secretary Rick Perry are contriving ways to keep this dirtiest of

President Obama’s Climate Action Plan – 2nd Anniversary Progress Report

June 2015 - via The White House Continuing to cut carbon pollution, protect American communities, and lead internationally. Read full report here: President Obama's Climate Action Plan - 2nd Anniversary Progress Report

President Obama’s Climate Action Plan – 1st Anniversary Progress Report

June 2014 - via The White House The White House releases the one-year progress report on the Climate Action Plan: Cutting carbon pollution, protect American communities, and lead internationally. Read full report here: President Obama's Climate Action Plan - 2nd Anniversary Progress Report

President Obama’s Climate Action Plan

June 2013 - via The White House President Obama announces his Climate Action Plan:  “We, the people, still believe that our obligations as Americans are not just to ourselves, but to all posterity. We will respond to the threat of climate change, knowing that the failure to do so would betray our children and future generations. Some may still deny the overwhelming judgment of science, but none can avoid the devastating impact of raging fires and crippling drought and more powerful storms. The path towards sustainable energy sources will be long and sometimes difficult. But America cannot resist this transition, we must lead it. We cannot cede to other nations the technology that will power new jobs and new industries, we must claim its promise. That’s how we will maintain our economic vitality and our national treasure -- our forests and waterways, our croplands and snow-capped peaks. That is how we will preserve our planet, commanded to our care by God. That’s what will lend meaning to the creed our fathers once declared.” -- President Obama, Second Inaugural Address, January 2013