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Thursday, January 23, 2014

Strong advice to a strong President on climate and clean energy

President Obama, in my view, has been a champion of clean energy and combating global climate disruption, despite five years of intense, destructive opposition to not only his policies but the actual functioning of our government.  The Center for the New Energy Economy (CNEE) at Colorado State University has prepared a new report on additional actions that the President and his executive agencies can take to address climate disruption and the nation’s clean energy goals that do not require the assent of a barely-functioning Congress.

  1. Doubling energy productivity
  2. Financing renewable energy
  3. Producing natural gas responsibly
  4. Developing alternative fuels and vehicles, and
  5. Enabling electric & gas utilities adapt to the new realities of the 21st century.
The report has these recommendations on natural gas:

It’s essential reading, and I hope, will be the subject of more deep Presidential thinking and more strong Presidential action.


  1. I wish President Obama would be much stronger and provide some real leadership. He stood aside and let the federal government send Tim DeChristopher to prison for two years for interfering with a BLM auction of federal lands that was considered illegal by some, and when Obama came to office he took those parcels off the table, yet did nothing for DeChristopher. And I have to say I agree with Bill McKibben in these recent articles he has written about the President's record.

    I am deeply upset with the lack of leadership on climate change when it seems every day the science deepens and broadens to tell us we are bringing about a slow suicide (species extinction) from our misbegotten ways.

  2. Thanks for reading and commenting, Steve. I do wish the President would be stronger, but the fact is that he's done more about climate and renewable energy than all of his predecessors combined. That may sound like faint praise, but given what the President has been up against, he has accomplished a great deal. And he obviously cannot solve the problem on his own in our democracy. Until we demand better from every elected official, we will get what we deserve.