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EPA proposes cutting carbon dioxide emissions from coal plants 30% by 2030

The Environmental Protection Agency proposed a regulation Monday that would cut carbon dioxide emissions from existing coal plants by up to to 30 percent by 2030 compared with 2005 levels, taking aim at one of the nation’s leading sources of greenhouse gases.
“This momentous development raises the bar for controlling carbon emissions in the United States,”
- Andrew Steer, president of the World Resources Institute

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EPA proposes cutting carbon dioxide emissions from coal plants 30% by 2030

Source: Washington Post, Tue June 10, 2014
The Environmental Protection Agency proposed a regulation Monday that would cut carbon dioxide emissions from existing coal plants by up to to 30 percent by 2030 compared with 2005 levels, taking aim at one of the nation’s leading sources of greenhouse gases.

Obama ‘backs assault weapons ban’

Source: BBC, Tue December 18, 2012
US President Barack Obama wants to reinstate an assault weapons ban in the wake of the mass killings in Newtown, Connecticut, his spokesman says.

Obama Hikes Fuel Efficiency to 54.5 MPG by 2025

Source: Hispanic Business, Wed August 29, 2012
The Obama administration on Tuesday introduced new rules to double fuel economy for cars and light-duty trucks by 2025, a move that the White House says will be comparable to cutting a dollar a gallon from the price of gasoline and that auto dealers warned would raise the cost of a new car.

Senate rejects GOP bid to lift EPA coal plant regulations

Source: LA Times, Sat June 23, 2012
Senate Democrats blocked a Republican-backed move Wednesday to scrap EPA regulations on mercury and toxic chemical emissions from coal power plants, not swayed by the contention that the rules are killing jobs, not saving lives.

Obama says same-sex couples should be able to marry

Source: BBC, Wed May 09, 2012
US President Barack Obama has ended months of hedging on the issue of gay marriage by saying he thinks same-sex couples should be able to wed. He has become the first sitting US president to back gay marriage.

Obama announces sanctions for tech used in human rights abuses in Iran and Syria

Source: Washington Post, Mon April 23, 2012
President Obama issued an executive order Monday that allows U.S. officials for the first time to impose sanctions against foreign nationals found to have used new technologies, including cellphone tracking and Internet monitoring, to help carry out grave human rights abuses.

US to make profit from bailouts, Treasury says

Source: BBC, Wed April 18, 2012
The US will make a profit from bailing out the nation's banks and carmakers at the height of the financial crisis, the Treasury Department has said.

US sets new carbon standard for power plants

Story contains video Source: AFP, Tue April 10, 2012
The United States set the first nationwide carbon standards on power plants, seeking to curb emissions from the burning of coal and revive the flagging fight against climate change.

Obama: STOCK Act a step toward restoring Americans’ faith in Washington

Story contains video Source: CNN, Wed April 04, 2012
President Barack Obama signed legislation on Wednesday aimed at restoring Americans' faith in the nation's public institutions at a time they rank at record lows in opinion polls. The act bans insider trading by members of Congress and many executive branch employees.

Report Shows Forest Growth in North Outpacing Other Parts of Country

Source: U.S. Forest Service, Fri March 16, 2012
U.S. Forest Service scientists released an assessment that shows forest land has expanded in northern states during the past century despite a 130-percent population jump and relentless environmental threats.

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