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January 22, 2013

Climate Change Given Prominence in Obama’s Address

By RICHARD W. STEVENSON and JOHN M. BRODER, New York Times  •    •  Posted 2013-01-22 12:39:08

President Obama made addressing climate change the most prominent policy vow of his second Inaugural Address on Monday, setting in motion what Democrats say will be a deliberately paced but aggressive campaign built around the use of his executive powers to sidestep Congressional opposition. “We will respond to the threat of climate change, knowing that failure to do so would betray our children and future generations,” Mr. Obama said, at the start of eight full sentences on the subject, more than he devoted to any other specific area. “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.” [ read more … ]

Despite dawn of a new term, forecast cloudy for energy and enviro issues

Nick Juliano, Jean Chemnick and Phil Taylor, E&E reporters  •    •  Posted 2013-01-22 12:39:26

The inauguration is over, and a new Congress is getting organized this week. So time to get to work, right?
Not so fast, at least when it comes to the plethora of pending energy and environmental issues — from power plant rules to pipeline permits — that are awaiting action in President Obama’s second term and will draw intense scrutiny on Capitol Hill. [ read more … ]

Obama’s Chance for a Fresh Start on a Climate-Smart Energy Quest

By ANDREW C. REVKIN, New York Times  •    •  Posted 2013-01-22 12:40:21

It was heartening to see President Obama include an ample reference to the importance of climate-smart energy policies in his short inaugural address today. The speech is presumably a sketch of what’s to come in the State of the Union message and policy initiatives this year. [ read more … ]

Obama pledges U.S. leadership on climate

John McArdle and Jennifer Yachnin, E&E reporters  •    •  Posted 2013-01-22 12:40:41

President Obama prominently featured climate change — calling out skeptics and calling for America to lead a worldwide transition to new energy technologies — in his inaugural address today. While this second address on the steps of the Capitol was about 300 words shorter than his first, Obama spent a great deal more time today on energy and environmental issues in a speech meant as a call to action on the current challenges facing America. [ read more … ]

Climate nabs spotlight at Green Ball

Whitney Blair Wyckoff, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted 2013-01-22 12:41:04

Vice President Joe Biden last night urged environmentalists to “keep the faith” on climate issues as he made a surprise appearance at the Green Inaugural Ball. President Obama is committed to tackling the issue during his second term, Biden said to roaring applause at the event, hosted by the National Wildlife Federation at Washington, D.C.’s Newseum. [ read more … ]

Granholm pitches ‘Race to Top’ grant program for states

Nick Juliano, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted 2013-01-22 12:41:21

Former Michigan Gov. Jennifer Granholm, who is said to be in the running to take over the Department of Energy if Steven Chu resigns, captivated a crowd of DOE staff and outside stakeholders with a pitch to promote clean energy deployment with a state-based competition modeled on the popular education program “Race to the Top.” Granholm’s pitch came at DOE’s “All Stars” event Saturday afternoon that featured a series of presentations from energy experts modeled off TED talks. [ read more … ]

Note: News clips provided do not necessarily reflect the views of coalition or its member governors.