US proposes to repeal Clean Power Plan

The US Government is proposing to repeal the Barack Obama-era Clean Power Plan (CPP) aimed at curbing greenhouse gas emissions from power plants. Scott Pruitt, Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator issued a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) to scrap the Plan yesterday. The CPP requires states to meet specific emission reduction standards based on their […]

Trump signs order reversing Obama’s climate policies

Donald Trump has signed an Executive Order rolling back Obama’s policies aimed at tackling climate change. It is part of the US President’s plans to revive the coal industry by putting an end to the “war on coal”. The Trump Administration claims Obama’s Clean Power Plan could cost up to £39 billion a year and […]

Obama bans more than 100m acres of offshore drilling

Barack Obama has banned oil and gas drilling in large areas of the Arctic and the Atlantic Ocean. The President enacted a 1953 law called the Outer Continental Shelf Lands Act to make than 100 million acres off-limits for fossil fuel exploration. He co-ordinated the move with Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to also shield large areas of […]

Climate sceptic to lead Trump’s environment department?

US President-elect Donald Trump is to announce a critic of Barack Obama’s climate change policies to head the environment department. Scott Pruitt, Oklahoma’s Attorney General, is said to be part of legal action by 24 states against the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to stop the Clean Power Plan, which is one of Mr Obama’s efforts […]

Obama blocks oil and gas drilling in Arctic Ocean

President Barack Obama’s Administration has banned new offshore drilling in the Arctic Ocean. The new ruling by the Department of Interior will run from 2017 to 2022 and aims to protect the “fragile and unique Arctic ecosystem” as it is a region that would face “significant risks”. Drilling will not be allowed in the Chukchi […]

Obama and DiCaprio speak against climate change

Barack Obama and Leonardo DiCaprio have joined up to call for renewed action on climate change. The US President and the Oscar-winning actor spoke about the issue to crowds on the lawn of the White House yesterday as part of the South by South Lawn festival. They were joined by Climate Scientist Katharine Hayhoe from Texas Tech University. […]

Obama to include climate change threat into national security

President Barack Obama has taken first step to make climate change threat a national security issue. He signed a Presidential Memorandum requiring the federal government to “fully consider” the impacts of climate change in the development and implementation of all national security policies and plans. It directs 20 agencies from across the government to establish […]

Supreme Court blocks Obama’s Clean Power Plan

The US Supreme Court delivered a major blow to Barack Obama’s plans to limit greenhouse gas emissions from power plants. It has temporarily blocked the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Clean Power Plan, which means the legislation can’t go forward while it is challenged in court by 24 states. The rules include a target to reduce […]

Obama rejects Keystone XL oil pipeline

The proposed construction of a pipeline that would carry crude oil from Canada to the ports in the Gulf of Mexico and into the world market has been rejected. The 1,179-mile Keystone XL oil pipeline would have carried 800,000 barrels of petroleum a day. US President Barack Obama said the project, which led to numerous […]

Obama’s Clean Power Plan ‘will raise energy bills’

The US President’s plan to tackle climate change will “raise consumer costs yet fail to lower the Earth’s temperature”. That’s according to the Partnership for Affordable Clean Energy (PACE) in response to the Clean Power Plan launched yesterday. It set out the country’s first ever national standards to limit carbon pollution from power plants. PACE said: “While this […]