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On May 25, 2014, President Barack Obama made a surprise visit to Bagram Air Field in Afghanistan, where he spoke to U.S. service members and civilian personnel and thanked them for their service.

Interesting. Also, the State Dept. has a tumblr?!


Secretary Kerry: It is vital that we’ve come to this moment where we begin to see that this is not just an environmental issue. This is a security issue. It’s an economic security issue. It’s a national security issue. Read Secretary Kerry’s complete remarks at the Ross Sea Conservation Reception:

In the photo, pods of killer whales, sometimes 100 strong, patrol the ice edges in the Ross Sea, 2007. [John B. Weller photo, courtesy of The Pew Charitable Trusts]

It seems a foreign oil company dictated to John Kerry and Mr. Obama how, when, and why they should approve the oil pipeline. For more, see here.

Seems like a case of regulatory capture:

Regulatory capture occurs when a regulatory agency, created to act in the public interest, instead advances the commercial or special concerns of interest groups that dominate the industry or sector it is charged with regulating.

Regulatory capture is a form of government failure, as it can act as an encouragement for firms to produce negative externalities. The agencies are called “captured agencies”. Via:

July 17, 2012 
Dear Secretary Clinton,
We are writing to ask that the State Department conduct, as part of its evaluation of the Keystone XL pipeline proposal, a serious review of the effect of helping open Canada’s tar sands on the planet’s climate.
At the moment, your department is planning to consider the effects of the pipeline on “recreation,” “visual resources,” and “noise,” among other factors. Those are important—but omitting climate change from the considerations is neither wise nor credible. The vast volumes of carbon in the tar sands ensure that they will play an important role in whether or not climate change gets out of hand; understanding the role this largescale new pipeline will play in that process is clearly crucial.
We were pleased that President Obama saw fit to review this project more carefully; it would be a shame if that review did not manage to comprehensively cover the most important questions at issue.
John Abraham
Associate Professor, School of Engineering
University of St. Thomas
Ken Caldeira
Senior Scientist
Department of Global Ecology
Carnegie Institution
James Hansen
Research Scientist
The International Research Institute for Climate and Society
The Earth Institute, Columbia University
Michael MacCracken
Chief Scientist for Climate Change Programs
Climate Institute
Michael E. Mann
Professor of Meteorology
Director, Earth System Science Center
The Pennsylvania State University
James McCarthy
Alexander Agassiz Professor of Biological Oceanography
Harvard University
Michael Oppenheimer
Albert G. Milbank Professor of Geosciences and International Affairs
Woodrow Wilson School and Department of Geosciences
Princeton University
Raymond T. Pierrehumbert
Louis Block Professor in the Geophysical Sciences
The University of Chicago
Richard Somerville
Distinguished Professor Emeritus and Research Professor
Scripps Institution of Oceanography
George M. Woodwell
Founder, Director Emeritus, and Senior Scientist
Woods Hole Research Center

Wish the Dept. of State would post more about 1) what it does with respect to environmental protection 2) successes 3) on going projects and 4) what tangible actions citizens can take (e.g., not bs petition signing).

Sea turtle surfaces for air in waters off Caribbean Island of Bonaire, May 30, 2008. [AP File Photo]

World Environment Day 2012: Promoting Wildlife Conservation and Preserving Endangered Species

Posted by Kerri-Ann Jones / June 05, 2012

Kerri-Ann Jones serves as Assistant Secretary of State for Oceans and International Environmental and Scientific Affairs.

World Environment Day is a time to reflect on our stewardship of the environment and how our choices impact the world around us. Wildlife, from elephants to bees, comprises a critical part of ecosystems upon which humans depend. One of the most challenging and satisfying responsibilities of the Bureau of Oceans and International Environmental and Scientific Affairs (OES) is to join the international community in protecting these precious species and habitats, including from illegal trafficking in wildlife and wildlife products. Such illegal activities undermine national security, economic development, the rule of law, and the social fabric of local communities, in addition to threatening the very survival of magnificent animals like the elephant, rhino, tiger, polar bear, and sea turtle…
The State Department will continue with our diplomatic efforts to cooperate with others to end poaching and the illegal trade in wildlife. So on World Environment Day and every other day you have the opportunity to help us promote wildlife conservation and preserve endangered species. You make a difference by choosing not to purchase or consume products made from endangered species, such as rhino horn, tiger skin or bone, ivory, or sea turtle eggs, meat, or shells. You can help galvanize critical public support for national and international efforts to save these animals by becoming an environmental steward and encouraging others to do the same.

More here.



-Jody, BL Show-

(h/t @KatieBakes)



President Obama talks with Sung Kim, U.S. Ambassador to Republic of Korea, aboard Marine One during an early morning flight from Osan Air Base to the landing zone at U.S. Army Garrison Yongsan in Seoul, Republic of Korea, March 25, 2012. [White House photo/ Public Domain]

About the Author: Hannah Johnson serves as DipNote’s Assistant Editor.

Our “Photo of the Week” comes to us from President Barack Obama’s recent trip to Seoul, South Korea for the 2012 Nuclear Security Summit. The Summit, attended by more than 50 world leaders, addressed securing the world’s nuclear weapons and preventing nuclear terrorism. This photograph, taken by White House photographer Pete Souza, shows President Obama talking with U.S. Ambassador to Republic of Korea Sung Kim aboard Marine One during an early morning flight from Osan Air Base to the landing zone at U.S. Army Garrison Yongsan in Seoul, Republic of Korea, March 25,… more »