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Follow Along: Earth Day 2015

Wed, 2015-04-22 10:33

President Obama celebrated Earth Day this week by visiting the Florida Everglades where he spoke about the threat that climate change poses to our economy and to the world. While there, he sat down with Bill Nye the Science Guy to discuss that threat, conservation, and science education in America. Watch that conversation below:

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Second City Only in Nickname

Wed, 2015-04-22 00:00

It is an understatement to say I love Chicago. I love visiting it.  It is where I first lived as a young adult right after college and grad school and where I met my beautiful and smart wife, hi...

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How to be a Green Business on Earth Day and Every Day

Wed, 2015-04-22 00:00

Today is Earth Day! Dating back to 1970, Earth Day is only observed for one day in April, but your small business can act socially and environmentally...

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First Lady Michelle Obama Announces Plans to Honor 2015 Graduating Seniors

Tue, 2015-04-21 20:52

This morning, First Lady Michelle Obama announced that she will deliver commencement addresses at Tuskegee University in Tuskegee, Alabama, Oberlin College in Oberlin, Ohio, and the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Preparatory High School (King College Prep) in Chicago, Illinois.
All three schools are doing their part to answer the President’s call to ensure that America has the highest proportion of college graduates in the world. 
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President Obama Honors the 2014 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Champion

Tue, 2015-04-21 18:52

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This afternoon, President Obama welcomed 2014 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Champion Kevin Harvick and the Stewart-Haas Racing Team on the White House South Lawn. The event continued the President’s tradition of honoring athletes and teams for their efforts to give back to their communities.

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Keeping America’s Energy System on the Cutting Edge

Tue, 2015-04-21 18:37

Today, America has the most advanced energy system in the world. A steady supply of reliable, affordable, and increasingly clean power and fuels underpins every facet of our nation’s economy. But the U.S. energy landscape is changing dramatically, with important implications for the vast networks of pipelines, wires, waterways, railroads, storage systems, and other facilities that form the backbone of America’s energy system.

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Celebrating the Latest Law Improving Health Care: The Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act

Tue, 2015-04-21 18:01

Today, the President will celebrate the overwhelmingly bipartisan law that was enacted last week, the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act.  This law strengthens Medicare, extends the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP), and makes numerous other improvements to the health care system. With 392 votes in the House and 92 votes in the Senate, this law proves that we can come together to solve problems.

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Roundup: Editorial Boards from Around the Country Call on America to Lead on Trade

Tue, 2015-04-21 14:13

Trade has been central to our resurgence, contributing nearly one-third of our economic growth in the recovery and supporting 11.7 million American export-related jobs in 2014 alone. As we observe this growth, we're also in a race to secure a trade deal with countries in the Asia Pacific -- the fastest-growing markets in the world. These nations and others that would be part of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) received 62 percent of American exports in 2014.

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Join Us: White House Demo Day

Tue, 2015-04-21 13:57

This morning, U.S. Chief Technology Officer Megan Smith sent out the following message to the White House email list. The message highlights the first-ever White House Demo Day, where we're inviting a diverse group of entrepreneurs to the White House to share their ideas and stories of their individual innovation journeys.
If you didn't get the email, make sure to sign up for email updates here. And if you want to apply to be a part of the Demo Day, or nominate someone you know, you can do that here.

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Acid Rain, Toxic Leaded Gas, and Widespread Air Pollution? Not Anymore. Thanks to EPA.

Tue, 2015-04-21 11:02

Ed. note: This is cross-posted from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's blog. See the original post here.
Acid rain. Dangerous DDT. Toxic leaded gas fumes. Rampant air pollution. These environmental challenges once seemed impossible to meet, and they put our nation’s air, water, and land at risk — not to mention our families’ health. The dangers they posed were real, but you probably haven’t heard about them in a while. There’s a good reason for that.
We put smart policies in place to fix them.

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