The death of 11 oil workers and the devastation of the Gulf Coast’s ecosystems and economy by the toxic sludge gushing from a BP Plc accident site is a tragedy that may well change the course of our nation.
Wendy Abrams’ opportunity came in the photo line. As she stepped up to take her picture with President Barack Obama during a fundraiser last month in Chicago, she made her pitch: How could a president who vowed to tackle climate change possibly approve the Keystone XL pipeline?
President Barack Obama won endorsements today from environmental advocacy groups including the Sierra Club and the League of Conservation Voters even as some of their members are holding back financial support.
The Obama administration plans to solicit ideas from states on how to cut greenhouse-gas emissions as it seeks to impose standards for carbon dioxide on new and existing electric-power plants, according to people briefed on the plans.
The Republican-majority House of Representatives voted to delay or repeal at least 40 environmental protection measures last year, leading one group to call it “the most anti-environment” Congress in history.
President Barack Obama’s bid to expand offshore drilling may be set back after a rig leased by BP Plc exploded and sank last week, reminding the public of the danger of oil extraction, environmental and industry groups said.