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Down To Earth Barack Obama archive

FRIDAY, NOV. 9, 2012

TUESDAY, OCT. 23, 2012

THURSDAY, OCT. 18, 2012

WEDNESDAY, OCT. 10, 2012


THURSDAY, JAN. 28, 2010

The State Of The Union

President Obama’s first State Of The Union address was a reminder that he is such a gifted speaker. Thoughtful, deliberate and persuasive, and at times acknowledging the partisan rancor that has distorted issues, he focused primarily on jobs. He defensively said change wasn’t easy. He...

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MONDAY, DEC. 7, 2009

Another Green Monday

It was only a few Another Green Mondays ago when we heavily criticized President Obama for his lackadaisical approach to Copenhagen. He wouldn’t show up, in effect sending a xenophobic message to world leaders who understand the urgency of climate change. Next, we heard Obama...

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TUESDAY, NOV. 24, 2009

Tuesday Video Double Bill: Now & Then

Bill McKibben sat down with Grist TV for a quick interview, saying the Obama administration “punted” when it was time for Copenhagen. McKibben believes the best hope for the climate talks from December 7th to the 18th will be a planetary education session since a...

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MONDAY, NOV. 2, 2009

A Letter To The President 

This could be interpreted as a freebie for skeptics, like throwing chum to the sharks, or a wake-up call to those discontent with climate change policy. Too strong or not strong enough? Dear President Obama,cc: Sen. Kerry, Rep. MarkeyOur nation faces the gravest threat to...

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MONDAY, OCT. 26, 2009

WEDNESDAY, OCT. 14, 2009

Email of the day

The dubious honor goes to the Bush Administration for suppressing science and public health interests. A two year old email surfaced yesterday after it was sent but never opened. We hate it when that happens. It shouldn’t come as a surprise considering the prior evidence...

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MONDAY, SEPT. 14, 2009

Another Green Monday 

Oh, back to school. Back to school, to prove to Dad that I'm not a fool. I got my...lunch packed up, my boots tied tight, I hope I don't get in a fight. Excuse us if this feels like old news to you, but as...

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TUESDAY, JULY 28, 2009

Because MySpace is now the Detroit of the internet...

...join the lively discussion on Twitter. We’ve been pumping it up lately but entries shift from serious---hebalYODA@BarackObama-STOP THE MISSION REPOSITORY- to informative recycling tips for lids on bottles. And yes, the Beaver Solution is a dam good idea. Check us out:

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MONDAY, JUNE 29, 2009

Another Green Monday

Oh Hoopfest. This year DTE regrettably decided to watch from the sidelines as Spokane hosted the preeminent three on three basketball tournament in the world. All we could do is talk trash and make sure players decided to shoot for the recycle bins. Yes, we...

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Calling all volunteers: Clean Energy Corps

The House voted to create Clean Energy Corps, part of a larger bill to dramatically expand volunteer national service with 175,000 new positions. President Obama issued a statement on the bill which he pushed for: "We know that government alone is not the answer to...

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WEDNESDAY, FEB. 18, 2009

Canada vs. America

Obama will make his first international visit as president to Canada, a critical moment for the future of clean energy as Prime Minister Stephen Harper plans to discuss the controversial tar sands oil development. Alberta alone represents the second-largest oil reserve in the world, after...

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WEDNESDAY, JAN. 21, 2009

About last night... 

Yesterday felt like the Day The Earth Stood Still--- a collective phenomenon best defined by various conversations with all walks of life as to what the moment meant to them. The conclusion was unanimous: There is hope. Of course, we’re referring to Daily Tip #...

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TUESDAY, JAN. 20, 2009

President's Park

“As I stood in the foyer and let my eyes wander down the corridors, it was impossible to forget the history that had been made there—John and Bobby Kennedy huddling over the Cuban missile crisis... Lincoln alone, pacing the halls and shouldering the weight of...

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MONDAY, JAN. 5, 2009

Obama’s “American Recovery and Reinvestment Plan"

Full of bipartisan rhetoric, Obama’s latest address, titled the “American Recovery and Reinvestment Plan," contains a key line: “To put people back to work today and reduce our dependence on foreign oil tomorrow, we will double renewable energy production and renovate public buildings to make...

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WEDNESDAY, DEC. 24, 2008

Best of 2008: Features

Thank you for joining us in 2008 - it's been a wild ride. No year in retrospect is complete without acknowledging the phenomenal victory of Barack Obama as 44th President of the United States America – for with that victory it sure seems that anything...

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WEDNESDAY, DEC. 10, 2008

Uh-oh: Year-end lists

The wild year that was 2008 is coming to its uncertain conclusion, and now is the time media publications let loose a flood of year-end lists. (Presumably so some journalists can take vacations.) Time Magazine has one such list: 10 Green Stories. While we don’t...

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TUESDAY, DEC. 9, 2008

Tuesday Video-- Transition talk update

Perhaps readers were unsure of what we were talking about in yesterday's edition of Another Green Monday with the “new New Deal.” In his weekly address at, President-elect Obama promised the first part of his plan would “launch a massive effort to make public...

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TUESDAY, NOV. 25, 2008

Obama gets to know Hanford 

It was what some consider a rare gaffe during a campaign stop in Pendleton months ago but at least he was honest about the unfamiliarity: Barack Obama didn’t know what Hanford was. (Watch Q and A clip here.) The Tri-City Herald reports---in an unusually subjective...

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WEDNESDAY, NOV. 19, 2008

WEDNESDAY, NOV. 12, 2008

The opinionated moustache strikes back

He uses words like Chuck Norris uses fists. Sometimes skillfully. Sometimes clumsily. Always dangerously. It could only be New York Times columnist and “Hot, Flat and Crowded” author Thomas Friedman. In an interview with the Huffington Post, Friedman sat down with their Green section editor,...

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