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ITIF Disappointed by President Obama's Title II Endorsement

ITIF Disappointed by President Obama's Title II Endorsement ITIF responds to President Obama's statement on net neutrality

In response to President Obama's statement on net neutrality this morning, Doug Brake, telecom policy analyst of the Information Technology and Innovation Foundation (ITIF), releases the following statement:

ITIF is disappointed by President Obama's statement, not because of the general net neutrality policy he lays out, but because we strongly disagree that Title II is the correct way to achieve that policy. Just about everyone is in agreement with President Obama in wanting to assure an Internet free from blocking, "throttling," or any type prioritization that undermines a level playing field. Fortunately, in the Verizon decision the court laid out a clear path under section 706 of the Communications Act to enact just such rules. Such a path is surely the best route to enforceable rules that do not limit investment in and on the network, while allowing flexibility in allowing new technologies to flourish.

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Department of Energy Recognizes Cummins for Deep Energy Retrofit at Jamestown Engine Plant

As a part of the Administration’s effort to increase energy efficiency nationwide through the Better Buildings, Better Plants Challenge, the Energy Department recognized Cummins Inc., for demonstrating leadership in reducing energy use and costs at its Jamestown Engine Plant in Jamestown, New York. Through the Better Plants Challenge, Cummins committed to a 25 percent reduction in energy intensity by 2016 across 104 facilities, including 19 plants covering more than eight million square feet. Cummins has already achieved its goal with a cumulative energy intensity reduction of 34 percent, and the company’s efforts in Jamestown are expected to reduce the plant’s energy intensity by a third – resulting in energy savings of approximately 250 billion British thermal units and also saving the company nearly $1.4 million in energy bills.

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IFAW Statement: U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Should Deny Requests to Import Black Rhino Trophies

IFAW Statement: U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Should Deny Requests to Import Black Rhino Trophies The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced two requests for permits to import hunting trophies of critically endangered black rhinos from Namibia.  The first is from the winner of the Dallas Safari Club auction, who earlier this year bid on the opportunity to hunt one of the last endangered black rhinos in Africa. The other is from an independent American hunter who negotiated killing a black rhino directly with the Namibian government. 

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CCEI Commends U.S.-China Climate and Innovation Agreement

The Center for Clean Energy (CCEI) commends the United States and China’s joint agreement to advance more ambitious carbon reductions through 2030. The announcement opens the door to more meaningful, innovation-based international climate negotiations, set to conclude in Paris at the end of 2015.

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Nine Environmental Groups, NRDC File Lawsuits Challenging NRC Failure to Comply With 2012 Court Ruling On Nuclear Waste Storage

Two New Legal Challenges Follow Similar Lawsuit Filed This Week by New York, Connecticut and Vermont

Nine environmental groups and the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) filed separate lawsuits today in the D.C. Court of Appeals challenging the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) decision to proceed with an “extended waste storage rule” and a generic environmental impact statement that fail to comply with a 2012 federal court ruling that had previously reversed the NRC.

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U.S.-China Joint Announcement on Climate Change and Clean Energy Cooperation

President Barack Obama shakes hands with staff and their families during a meet and greet at the U.S. Embassy in Beijing, China, Nov. 10, 2014. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)President Obama Announces Ambitious 2025 Target to Cut U.S. Climate Pollution by 26-28 Percent from 2005 Levels

Building on strong progress during the first six years of the Administration, President Obama announced a new target to cut net greenhouse gas emissions 26-28 percent below 2005 levels by 2025.  At the same time, President Xi Jinping of China announced targets to peak CO2 emissions around 2030, with the intention to try to peak early, and to increase the non-fossil fuel share of all energy to around 20 percent by 2030. 

Together, the U.S. and China account for over one third of global greenhouse gas emissions.  Today’s joint announcement, the culmination of months of bilateral dialogue, highlights the critical role the two countries must play in addressing climate change.  The actions they announced are part of the longer range effort to achieve the deep decarbonization of the global economy over time.  These actions will also inject momentum into the global climate negotiations on the road to reaching a successful new climate agreement next year in Paris.

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