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Kids Check Out Science at the White House

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More than 30,000 people visited the White House for the 135th annual Easter Egg Roll on Monday—and I spent several happy hours there myself doing science activities with dozens of kids and their families with the Lawrence Hall of Science. If you couldn’t make it to Washington, D.C., you can find instructions to make the [...]

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Extinction Countdown

The Obamas’ Portie: a breed that almost went extinct

The Obamas talked about rescuing a dog from a shelter. They ended up getting pup Bo as a gift from friend Sen. Edward Kennedy, D-Mass., but it turns out the First Family has become part of a 70-year journey to save an entire breed by bringing home a Portuguese water dog to become the nation’s [...]

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Whistleblower Who Exposed White House Tampering with Climate Science Dies

Rick Piltz passed away last Saturday. He spent decades working in the federal government and state government in Texas, and was a prominent whistleblower during the Bush administration. He later founded Climate Science Watch. I first met Rick Piltz after reading a 2005 New York Times story exposing a concerted effort by the Bush White [...]

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Observations

Fight over Solar Power Returns to White House Roof [Video]

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The sunshine that warms Washington, D.C. is once again generating electricity for the White House. After an absence of nearly 30 years, the Obama administration has announced that a 6.3 kilowatt photovoltaic installation of the “typical size for an American house,” is back on the White House roof and generating power. The Obama administration had [...]

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Observations

More Solar Panels at the White House

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The Washington Post‘s indefatigable Juliet Eilperin got an unnamed official at the White House to confirm that solar panels are being reinstalled at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue this week—fulfilling a promise made by the Obama administration three years ago. President Jimmy Carter famously put solar hot-water heating panels on the White House roof in the 1970s [...]

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Observations

Climate Change Action and More Drilling Likely in Obama’s Second Term

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President Barack Obama secured a second four-year term in yesterday’s vote. What is the likely outcome of that historic event on energy and environmental issues? Simply put: more of the same. Let me rephrase that slightly. Obama will likely stay the course on his current energy and environmental policies. That means more executive orders like [...]

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Observations

Paul Nurse: We Need to Have a Grown-Up Discussion about Biosecurity

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As the life sciences become more global and collaborative, researchers have become more productive—and their work potentially more dangerous. White House officials in the past year delayed publication of two scientific papers out of concern for safety and security. In an interview for our October 2012 report on the state of the world’s science, Paul [...]

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Observations

White House to get (more) solar panels

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Following the lead of presidents from George W. Bush to Jimmy Carter, the Obama White House—or specifically the Obama family’s living quarters—will get solar panels. While Carter’s solar thermal panels are long gone (one of them is in China and the Obama White House last month rebuffed the return of another), photovoltaics installed by President [...]

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Observations

Jimmy Carter’s solar panel makes it back to Washington, but not back onto the White House

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In 1979, President Jimmy Carter had 32 panels installed atop the White House to capture the sun’s heat. Thirty-odd years later, at least one of the panels still works, warming up in the Northeastern sunlight of Boston and sending steam heat out of a spigot on September 8, en route down the east coast from [...]

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Observations

Obama chooses Howard Schmidt to coordinate national cybersecurity

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Making good on a promise he made in May to appoint someone to oversee the nation’s cybersecurity efforts, President Obama on Tuesday introduced Howard Schmidt as the new White House Cybersecurity Coordinator. Schmidt has a long history in the information technology security space, having held high-level positions in the federal government as well as industry, [...]

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Plugged In

Solar at the White House – again

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Today, an official confirmed that solar panels are being installed on the White House roof as “a part of an energy retrofit that will improve the overall energy efficiency of the building.” This is the second time that solar panels have graced the building’s roof. In the late 1970s President Carter has 32 panels installed [...]

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Plugged In

White House Energy Strategy – “All of the Above”

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Today, President Obama spoke again about the country’s need for an all-of-the-above U.S. energy strategy. Speaking to a cheering crowd of supporters in Largo, MD, the President stated that the country needs an energy future that incorporates domestic oil and gas with wind and solar, on top of increased efficiency. In other words, the country [...]

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