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Mar 19, 2015

Obama to sign order cutting U.S. gov’t greenhouse gas emissions

WASHINGTON, March 19 (Reuters) – U.S. President Barack Obama
will sign an executive order on Thursday that sets a goal for
the U.S. government to cut its greenhouse gas emissions by 40
percent by 2025, the White House said on Thursday.

The federal government is the single largest energy consumer
in the United States, the White House said in a statement.
Meeting the goal would cut 21 million metric tons of greenhouse
gas emissions from 2008 levels, it said.

Mar 19, 2015

Obama to sign order cutting U.S. government greenhouse gas emissions

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama will sign an
executive order on Thursday that will cut the U.S. government’s
greenhouse gas emissions, the White House said in a statement.

After signing the order, Obama will visit the Department of
Energy to tour the building’s rooftop solar panels. While there,
he will attend a meeting of some of the federal suppliers, which
will discuss their reduction targets, including initial
commitments to disclose emission targets or set new reduction
goals, the statement said, without providing details.

Dec 24, 2014

U.S. judge throws out Arizona sheriff’s immigration suit against Obama

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A federal judge on Tuesday threw out
a lawsuit brought against Barack Obama by an Arizona police
chief who called the U.S. president’s sweeping immigration
reforms unconstitutional, saying the plaintiff lacked legal
standing in the case.

Judge Beryl Howell of the U.S. District Court for the
District of Columbia denied the demand by Maricopa County
Sheriff Joe Arpaio for a preliminary injunction to halt the
policies.

Sep 11, 2010
via FaithWorld

Religious tension marks Sept. 11 anniversary

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Religious tensions are overshadowing the anniversary of the September 11 attacks on the United States where President Barack Obama urged a Christian preacher to abandon a plan to burn copies of the Koran.

And a day ahead of Saturday’s ninth anniversary, a report warned that the United States faced a growing threat from home-grown insurgents and an “Americanization” of the al Qaeda leadership.

Jul 8, 2010

BP dampens hope of early leak fix, court fight looms

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – BP dampened hopes that it could plug its leaking Gulf of Mexico well sooner than forecast on Thursday, while a battle between the U.S. government and the oil industry over a deepwater drilling ban heads to court.

BP stuck to its August target to complete a relief well to halt the worst oil spill in U.S. history, after a press report raised hopes the company could stem the 80-day-old leak sooner.

Jul 8, 2010

BP aims to leak fix sooner, U.S. court fight looms

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – BP is aiming to plug its leaking Gulf of Mexico well by July 27, weeks sooner than forecast, according to a newspaper report on Thursday, while a battle between the U.S. government and the oil industry over a deepwater drilling ban heads to court.

BP officials are aiming to complete a relief well to halt the worst oil spill in U.S. history by as early as July 27 in an effort to cap the company’s growing financial liabilities, the Wall Street Journal reported in its online edition, citing company officials.

Jul 8, 2010

U.S. court fight looms over drilling ban

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – BP is aiming to plug its leaking Gulf of Mexico well by July 27, weeks sooner than forecast, according to a newspaper report on Thursday, while a battle between the U.S. government and the oil industry over a deepwater drilling ban heads to court.

BP officials are aiming to complete a relief well to halt the worst oil spill in U.S. history by as early as July 27 in an effort to cap the company’s growing financial liabilities, the Wall Street Journal reported in its online edition, citing company officials.

Apr 10, 2010
via Global News Journal

Being There: U.N. Chief Takes a Rights Message to the Doorstep of Autocrats

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    By Patrick Worsnip

    U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon visits Kyrgyzstan and lectures the authorities on the need to improve human rights and stop harassing independent media. Four days later, the government of the Central Asian state is overthrown and its president driven from the capital Bishkek in demonstrations by opposition forces who say their rights have been trampled.
   

    Coincidence?
    Senior U.N. officials spend a lot of time beating off allegations that their boss is ineffectual. But in this case, they have been concerned to play down suggestions that Ban’s visit — part of a whistle-stop tour of former Soviet Central Asia — might have actually sparked the unrest that exploded onto the streets on April 7. As the chief executive of a 192-nation organization, Ban is not in the business of toppling governments, however much he may disapprove of their policies.
    “I wouldn’t take that as the case at all,” said one official in Ban’s party of the cause-and-effect notion, pointing out that political tensions had been rising for some time in Kyrgyzstan. But another said: “Touched it off — I don’t know. Exacerbated it? – Possibly.”
    The events in Kyrgyzstan dramatized the whole nature of diplomacy by the U.N. chief, a man who has no legions — as Stalin said of the Pope — and depends on moral suasion to make his points. Deferential by nature, and obliged by his job to be respectful wherever he goes, he did some things likely to appal the advocacy groups that had urged him to hammer the rights message at every stop on his five-nation tour. In Turkmenistan, he laid a wreath in the mausoleum of the late dictator Saparmurat Niyazov. In Uzbekistan, he referred to veteran autocrat Islam Karimov as a “great leader.”
    And yet, Ban did convey the human rights message, both publicly and privately, to all the Central Asian leaders, none of them anxious to hear it. In Kyrgyzstan, he said he was troubled by recent moves against free media. In Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan, he said it was time to deliver on the rights pledges they had signed up to. While his comments might sound anemic, they were enough to infuriate Uzbekistan’s Karimov, for one. According to U.N. aides, the Uzbek leader hit the roof when Ban raised rights issues, arguing that his country was being unfairly picked on, and that such matters were, in any case, to be discussed only with lower-level officials.
    With no big stick to wield, Ban has one advantage over presidents and prime ministers who say they are concerned about human rights — he does actually visit offending countries. The risk is he can look as though he is endorsing them.  But he does confront their leaders on sensitive issues, however politely. And he is prepared to use public forums in those countries to make the same points out loud. Last year in Myanmar, for instance, he was humiliated by the ruling junta, who prevented him from seeing opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi. But he was able to hit back, saying in a public speech in Yangon that the Asian country’s human rights record was of “grave concern” and the government should start democratic reforms.
    Do rights violators change their ways as a result of such strictures? Kyrgyzstan’s ousted President Kurmanbek Bakiyev hasn’t lasted long enough to do so. But whether or not any link can be made between Ban’s trip to Bishkek and subsequent events there, autocrats elsewhere who face smoldering opposition might now think twice before they invite the U.N. secretary-general to come visit.