Global Carbon Emissions Standards for Commercial Airplanes

Commercial aviation produces primary combustion products, carbon dioxide (CO2) and water vapor (H2O), at a level comparable to its expenditure of fossil fuels, about 3 percent of global fuel consumption. Unlike ground-based combustion sources, aircraft deposit their combustion products at much higher altitudes, into the upper troposphere and lower stratosphere (25,000 to 50,000 feet). Combustion byproducts deposited there can have long residence times, enhancing their impact. The apparent increased incidence of cirrus clouds and persistent contrails are visible examples of these effects. The major objective of AEAP is to provide periodic assessment of the impact of cruise altitude aircraft emissions on ozone change in the upper atmosphere and climate change, such as the impact of increased cirrus cloud cover on global warming. Source: http://www.aeronautics.nasa.gov/events/showcase/environ.htm
Commercial aviation produces primary combustion products, carbon dioxide (CO2) and water vapor (H2O), at a level comparable to its expenditure of fossil fuels, about 3 percent of global fuel consumption. Unlike ground-based combustion sources, aircraft deposit their combustion products at much higher altitudes, into the upper troposphere and lower stratosphere (25,000 to 50,000 feet). Combustion byproducts deposited there can have long residence times, enhancing their impact. The apparent increased incidence of cirrus clouds and persistent contrails are visible examples of these effects. The major objective of AEAP is to provide periodic assessment of the impact of cruise altitude aircraft emissions on ozone change in the upper atmosphere and climate change, such as the impact of increased cirrus cloud cover on global warming. Source: http://www.aeronautics.nasa.gov/events/showcase/environ.htm

 

New  Aircraft CO2 Standard One Step Closer To Final Adoption

MONTRÉAL, 8 FEBRUARY 2016 – An eagerly awaited aircraft CO2 emissions standard made further and important headway today at the UN’s International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO). 

The new environmental measure was unanimously recommended by the 170 international experts on ICAO’s Committee on Aviation Environmental Protection (CAEP), paving the way for its ultimate adoption by the UN agency’s 36-State Governing Council.
 
“It is particularly encouraging that the CAEP’s recommendation today responds so directly to the aircraft technology improvements which States have forged consensus on at recent ICAO Assemblies,” highlighted Olumuyiwa Benard Aliu, President of the ICAO Council. “Every step taken in support of ICAO’s full basket of measures for environmental improvement is an important one, and I am sure the Council will be deeply appreciative of the this latest CAEP achievement.
 
Under the CAEP recommendation, the new CO2 emissions standard would not only be applicable to new aircraft type designs as of 2020, but also to new deliveries of current in-production aircraft types from 2023. A cut-off date of 2028 for production of aircraft that do not comply with the standard was also recommended. In its current form the standard equitably acknowledges CO2 reductions arising from a range of possible technology innovations, whether structural, aerodynamic or propulsion-based. 
 
The proposed global standard is especially stringent where it will have the greatest impact: for larger aircraft.  Operations of aircraft weighing over 60 tonnes account for more than 90% of international aviation emissions. They also have access to the broadest range of emissions reduction technologies, which the standard recognizes.
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FACT SHEET: U.S. Leadership in Securing First-Ever Global Carbon Emissions Standards for Commercial Airplanes

International Civil Aviation Organization sets carbon standards for commercial airplanes that will reduce carbon pollution and save on fuel costs

Today in Montreal, the U.S. and 22 other countries reached agreement on the first-ever global carbon standards for commercial aircraft. When fully implemented, the standards are expected to reduce carbon emissions more than 650 million tons between 2020 and 2040, equivalent to removing over 140 million cars from the road for a year. These technology standards, agreed to at the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO), a specialized agency of the United Nations with 191 member countries, will apply to aircraft manufacturers once formally adopted by the ICAO Council.

Today’s announcement follows closely on the heels of the Paris Climate Agreement reached last December and demonstrates the international community’s continued commitment to take action on climate change and to put in place policies that reduce harmful carbon pollution. Globally, commercial aircraft emit 11 percent of carbon emissions from transportation. Without additional action, emissions from the aviation sector are projected to grow by nearly 50 percent. That is why, for more than five years, the United States has played a leadership role in developing these standards.

The aircraft standards agreed to today are part of a comprehensive approach by the United States and other ICAO countries to reduce carbon emissions from aviation through technology development, air traffic improvements, alternative fuels, and market mechanisms. The agreement on carbon emission standards is the first of two important opportunities this year to reduce carbon emissions from aviation.  The second opportunity is reaching an ICAO agreement on a market-based approach to ensure carbon-neutral growth in the global aviation industry after 2020, which has the potential to offset several gigatons of carbon through 2035. Today’s agreement is an important signal that the international community is well-positioned to rise to the challenge of implementing a global market-based approach to reduce aviation emissions later this year.

KEY FEATURES OF THE COMMERCIAL AIRLINE CARBON STANDARDS

The standards announced today will apply to new aircraft designs and, in a first for any type of ICAO standards for aircraft, will also apply to aircraft types currently in production.

The standards for new and in-production commercial airplanes will promote fuel efficiency improvements, with commensurate carbon pollution reductions of more than 650 million tons between 2020 and 2040. This standards address commercial airplanes that are responsible for more than 92 percent of aviation emissions. In the negotiations, ICAO members were considering a range of stringency options (SO) from 1 – 10. The standards announced today were finalized in the upper end of the range for large aircraft at SO8.5 and SO7.

Recognizing that aircraft technology and fuel efficiency will continue to improve over time, ICAO will complete a review of state-of-the art aircraft technology and projected improvements before 2019, to inform further tightening of the standard to keep pace with aircraft fuel-efficient technology improvements.

TODAY’S AGREEMENT BUILDS ON A ROBUST SET OF ACTIONS TAKEN BY THE U.S. TO REDUCE GLOBAL CARBON EMISSIONS

  • Paris Climate Agreement: After years of hard work, and thanks to principled American leadership, more than 190 countries came together to adopt the most ambitious climate change agreement in history.
  • Montreal Protocol Amendment: Along with Canada and Mexico, the United States proposed an amendment to the Montreal Protocol to phase down production and consumption of hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs), potent greenhouse gases.
  • Mission Innovation: Last year, President Obama joined other world leaders to launch Mission Innovation, a landmark commitment to accelerate public and private global clean energy innovation, and dramatically expand the new technologies that will define a clean, affordable, and reliable global power mix.
  • American Business Act on Climate Pledge: 154 companies have signed the White House’s American Business Act on Climate Pledge.
  • Commitment to Reduce Financing for Coal: The United States fostered a commitment by more than 30 countries of the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) to dramatically reduce financing for coal-fired power plants overseas.

For the entire article: https://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2016/02/08/fact-sheet-us-leadership-securing-first-ever-global-carbon-emissions

 

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  1. WH

    Tuesday, February 9, 2016

    All Times Eastern

    President Obama receives the presidential daily briefing

    President Obama attends meetings at the White House

    7:00 AM
    8:00 AM
    9:00 AM
    10:00 AM
    11:00 AM
    11:05 AM
    President Obama meets with members of his national security team and cybersecurity advisors
    Roosevelt Room

    12:00 PM
    1:00 PM
    2:00 PM
    3:00 PM
    3:35 PM
    President Obama meets with House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi, Senate Democratic Leader Harry Reid, Senator Chuck Schumer, and Representative Steve Israel
    Oval Office

    4:00 PM
    5:00 PM
    6:00 PM
    7:00 PM
    8:00 PM
    9:00 PM
    10:00 PM

  2. New ICAO Aircraft CO2 Standard One Step Closer To Final Adoption

    ​MONTRÉAL, 8 FEBRUARY 2016 – An eagerly awaited aircraft CO2 emissions standard made further and important headway today at the UN’s International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO).

    The new environmental measure was unanimously recommended by the 170 international experts on ICAO’s Committee on Aviation Environmental Protection (CAEP), paving the way for its ultimate adoption by the UN agency’s 36-State Governing Council.

    “It is particularly encouraging that the CAEP’s recommendation today responds so directly to the aircraft technology improvements which States have forged consensus on at recent ICAO Assemblies,” highlighted Olumuyiwa Benard Aliu, President of the ICAO Council. “Every step taken in support of ICAO’s full basket of measures for environmental improvement is an important one, and I am sure the Council will be deeply appreciative of the this latest CAEP achievement.”

    Under the CAEP recommendation, the new CO2 emissions standard would not only be applicable to new aircraft type designs as of 2020, but also to new deliveries of current in-production aircraft types from 2023. A cut-off date of 2028 for production of aircraft that do not comply with the standard was also recommended. In its current form the standard equitably acknowledges CO2 reductions arising from a range of possible technology innovations, whether structural, aerodynamic or propulsion-based.

    The proposed global standard is especially stringent where it will have the greatest impact: for larger aircraft. Operations of aircraft weighing over 60 tonnes account for more than 90% of international aviation emissions. They also have access to the broadest range of emissions reduction technologies, which the standard recognizes.

    For more: http://www.icao.int/Newsroom/Pages/New-ICAO-Aircraft-CO2-Standard-One-Step-Closer-To-Final-Adoption.aspx

    • February 08, 2016

      FACT SHEET: U.S. Leadership in Securing First-Ever Global Carbon Emissions Standards for Commercial Airplanes

      International Civil Aviation Organization sets carbon standards for commercial airplanes that will reduce carbon pollution and save on fuel costs

      Today in Montreal, the U.S. and 22 other countries reached agreement on the first-ever global carbon standards for commercial aircraft. When fully implemented, the standards are expected to reduce carbon emissions more than 650 million tons between 2020 and 2040, equivalent to removing over 140 million cars from the road for a year. These technology standards, agreed to at the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO), a specialized agency of the United Nations with 191 member countries, will apply to aircraft manufacturers once formally adopted by the ICAO Council.

      Today’s announcement follows closely on the heels of the Paris Climate Agreement reached last December and demonstrates the international community’s continued commitment to take action on climate change and to put in place policies that reduce harmful carbon pollution. Globally, commercial aircraft emit 11 percent of carbon emissions from transportation. Without additional action, emissions from the aviation sector are projected to grow by nearly 50 percent. That is why, for more than five years, the United States has played a leadership role in developing these standards.

      The aircraft standards agreed to today are part of a comprehensive approach by the United States and other ICAO countries to reduce carbon emissions from aviation through technology development, air traffic improvements, alternative fuels, and market mechanisms. The agreement on carbon emission standards is the first of two important opportunities this year to reduce carbon emissions from aviation. The second opportunity is reaching an ICAO agreement on a market-based approach to ensure carbon-neutral growth in the global aviation industry after 2020, which has the potential to offset several gigatons of carbon through 2035. Today’s agreement is an important signal that the international community is well-positioned to rise to the challenge of implementing a global market-based approach to reduce aviation emissions later this year.

      KEY FEATURES OF THE COMMERCIAL AIRLINE CARBON STANDARDS

      The standards announced today will apply to new aircraft designs and, in a first for any type of ICAO standards for aircraft, will also apply to aircraft types currently in production.

      The standards for new and in-production commercial airplanes will promote fuel efficiency improvements, with commensurate carbon pollution reductions of more than 650 million tons between 2020 and 2040. This standards address commercial airplanes that are responsible for more than 92 percent of aviation emissions. In the negotiations, ICAO members were considering a range of stringency options (SO) from 1 – 10. The standards announced today were finalized in the upper end of the range for large aircraft at SO8.5 and SO7.

      Recognizing that aircraft technology and fuel efficiency will continue to improve over time, ICAO will complete a review of state-of-the art aircraft technology and projected improvements before 2019, to inform further tightening of the standard to keep pace with aircraft fuel-efficient technology improvements.

      TODAY’S AGREEMENT BUILDS ON A ROBUST SET OF ACTIONS TAKEN BY THE U.S. TO REDUCE GLOBAL CARBON EMISSIONS

      * Paris Climate Agreement: After years of hard work, and thanks to principled American leadership, more than 190 countries came together to adopt the most ambitious climate change agreement in history.

      * Montreal Protocol Amendment: Along with Canada and Mexico, the United States proposed an amendment to the Montreal Protocol to phase down production and consumption of hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs), potent greenhouse gases.

      * Mission Innovation: Last year, President Obama joined other world leaders to launch Mission Innovation, a landmark commitment to accelerate public and private global clean energy innovation, and dramatically expand the new technologies that will define a clean, affordable, and reliable global power mix.

      * American Business Act on Climate Pledge: 154 companies have signed the White House’s American Business Act on Climate Pledge.

      * Commitment to Reduce Financing for Coal: The United States fostered a commitment by more than 30 countries of the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) to dramatically reduce financing for coal-fired power plants overseas.

      For the entire article: https://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2016/02/08/fact-sheet-us-leadership-securing-first-ever-global-carbon-emissions

  3. Let’s Move! celebrates it’s 5th Anniversary

    Let’s Move! established on February 20, 2010 by First Lady Michelle Obama to combat the epidemic of childhood obesity and encourage a healthy lifestyle through “a comprehensive, collaborative, and community-oriented initiative that addresses all of the various factors that lead to childhood obesity engaging every sector of society that impacts the health of children to provide schools, families and communities the simple tools they need to help kids be more active, eat better, and get healthy.”

    Learn more about Let’s Move! :http://www.letsmove.gov/

  4. Respect

    Mediator Richard Friedlander says mutual respect is essential to any conflict resolution, and that President Obama has gotten little of it from his opponents.

    Tue, Feb 9, 2016 By Richard Friedlander – KQED

    Respect is something everyone wants and many even demand. There are at least two kinds of respect: for the person and for the position the person occupies. Both are necessary for anything to function properly: friendship, marriage, business, or government. Many of the workplace mediations I do come down to whether both sides are willing to give the other both kinds of respect, and what pushes them toward doing this is the often-grudging recognition of the fact that while they do not have to love each other or even like each other, they do have a mutual goal requiring their cooperation.

    At one time, liberals were presumed to champion individual rights, while conservatives stressed duty to the state. Sometime in the last century, perhaps with the emergence of the activist welfare state and conservatives’ drift toward neoliberalism, these definitions were turned largely on their heads. No matter: the fact remains that rights without responsibilities are meaningless and vice-versa.

    In the English Parliament, there is the party in power and the Loyal Opposition, a label that clearly indicates that whatever their agenda, all members serve something greater than themselves – their country – and are never to act tyrannically or sulk uncooperatively in the corner. Arguments can get nasty, yes, but the Loyal Opposition would never think of deliberately sabotaging the ability of the party in power to govern.

    For the past eight years, the party in opposition to the man elected to lead this country has completely lost sight of maintaining the balance of respect for person and position so imperative to the founders of our country. Government is an ongoing experiment; this is the glory of our Constitution, a network of checks and balances, not obstructions. But from the moment President Obama took office, the disloyal opposition has had only one, loudly-stated agenda: to restrict the president to a single term. Not by participating in government, but by making it impossible for him to fulfill his duties, and then bashing him for his struggles. They don’t have to like the president or love him. But their lack of respect for him and his office is an attack on the very Constitution that they loudly proclaim they cherish.

    With a Perspective, I’m Richard Friedlander.

    Richard Friedlander is a mediator and actor living in the East Bay.

    For the audio version: http://www.kqed.org/a/perspectives/R201602090643

    • Conservative pundit: Obama’s integrity ‘taken for granted’

      2/09/16 12:40PM By Steve Benen – maddoblog

      With less than a year remaining in Barack Obama’s presidency, many observers are already focusing on the substantive elements of his legacy: ending the Great Recession, bringing affordable health care to millions, rescuing the American auto industry, restoring the nation’s international credibility, and so on.

      But every president is judged not only by what they accomplish in office, but also what they bring to the presidency itself. What kind of people were they? What kind of leadership qualities did they demonstrate? How did they conduct themselves in one of the world’s most difficult jobs?

      The New York Times’ David Brooks, in the midst of a mild panic about what’s become of his Republican Party, devoted his column today to an under-appreciated facet of the Obama era: the president’s capacity for dignity and grace. The center-right columnist, not surprisingly, makes clear he disagrees with many of Obama’s “policy decisions,” but Brooks says he’s going to miss this president anyway.
      [O]ver the course of this campaign it feels as if there’s been a decline in behavioral standards across the board. Many of the traits of character and leadership that Obama possesses, and that maybe we have taken too much for granted, have suddenly gone missing or are in short supply. […]

      Obama radiates an ethos of integrity, humanity, good manners and elegance that I’m beginning to miss, and that I suspect we will all miss a bit, regardless of who replaces him.
      Brooks’ case is compelling, highlight the president’s (1) “basic integrity” and ability to maintain a “remarkably scandal-free” administration; (2) sense of “basic humanity”; (3) “soundness in his decision-making process”; (4) “grace under pressure”; and (5) “resilient sense of optimism.”

      It’s a welcome assessment, not just because it’s a Republican pundit praising a Democratic president, but because Brooks is entirely right about his aspect of the Obama era being taken for granted.

      Though, once he leaves office, that’s likely to change.

      Read more: http://www.msnbc.com/rachel-maddow-show/conservative-pundit-obamas-integrity-taken-granted

  5. Job Openings in U.S. Rise to Second-Highest Level on Record

    February 9, 2016 — 7:03 AM PST Victoria Stilwell – bloomberg

    Job openings in the U.S. climbed in December to the second-highest level on record, a sign demand for labor remains strong.
    The number of positions waiting to be filled rose by 261,000 to 5.61 million from a revised 5.35 million in November, the Labor Department reported Tuesday in Washington. The reading was just behind the 5.67 million reached in July that was the highest since data began in 2000. Construction companies and manufacturers were among employers looking to boost staff, and more people had the confidence to quit their jobs.

    The labor market remains a bright spot for the economy, a sign businesses may be looking past soft global growth in anticipation of a pickup in demand in the months ahead. Continued hiring will be needed to help solidify an acceleration in wages — which have been stagnant for much of the recovery — and provide a lift to consumer spending.

    “Job openings tend to be leading, so if you’re a business and you’re worried, you’re not going to post a job,” said Neil Dutta, head of U.S. economics at Renaissance Macro Research LLC in New York. The quits rate “reflects worker optimism. Workers see the labor market as strong enough that they can quit their job in search of a new and, presumably, better paying one.”

    For more: http://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2016-02-09/job-openings-in-u-s-increased-in-december-t0-5-61-million

  6. February 09, 2016

    The Budget Message of the President

    The President released his final Budget today. It builds on the progress we’ve made together over the last seven years to rebuild our economy and make it the strongest, most durable in the world. And, it lays out a path to meet our greatest challenges not just the year ahead, but for decades to come, including: accelerating the pace of innovation to tackle climate change and strengthen our economy; giving everyone a fair shot at opportunity and economic security; and advancing our national security and global leadership. This year, read President Obama’s Budget Message like never before — now complete with videos, graphics, and stories of everyday Americans.

    For more: https://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2016/02/09/budget-message-president

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    February 09, 2016
    FACT SHEET: The President’s Fiscal Year 2017 Budget: Overview

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    Senior Administration Officials Discuss the President’s FY2017 Budget
    The White House

    February 9, 2016

  7. February 09, 2016

    Remarks by the President on New Cybersecurity Initiatives

    Roosevelt Room

    12:19 P.M. EST

    THE PRESIDENT: We’ve made a lot of progress over the past seven years on our economy. Unemployment is down. Deficits are down. Gas prices are down. Job creation, wages, the rate of Americans with health coverage are all up.

    So as I said at the State of the Union, America is as strongly positioned as any country on Earth to take advantage of the opportunities of the 21st century. But what we’re aware of is we all have a lot of work to do, not only to try to maintain momentum, but to go at some of the structural issues and problems that may be impeding people from making progress, getting opportunity, and living the kind of lives for themselves and their children that we all want for every American.

    The budget that we’re releasing today reflects my priorities and the priorities that I believe will help advance security and prosperity in America for many years to come. These are proposals reflected in the budget that work for us and not against us. It adheres to last year’s bipartisan budget agreement. It drives down the deficit. It includes smart savings on health care, immigration, tax reform.

    My budget also invests in opportunity and security for all Americans through education and training, new ideas for retirement savings and unemployment insurance, and it invest in innovation — harnessing technology to tackle challenges like climate change through clean energy and transportation, as well as the initiative that Vice President Joe Biden is leading to make sure that we’re going after cancer in an aggressive way. And it strengthens our national security by increasing defense spending and advancing our global leadership through diplomacy and through development.

    More and more, keeping America safe is not just a matter of more tanks, more aircraft carriers; not just a matter of bolstering our security on the ground. It also requires us to bolster our security online. As we’ve seen in the past few years and just in the past few days, cyber threats pose a danger not only to our national security but also our financial security and the privacy of millions of Americans.

    For more; https://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2016/02/09/remarks-president-new-cybersecurity-initiatives

  8. 3:35 PM ET
    President Obama meets with House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi, Senate Democratic Leader Harry Reid, Senator Chuck Schumer, and Representative Steve Israel

  9. WH

    Wednesday, February 10, 2016

    All Times Eastern

    President Obama receives the presidential daily briefing

    7:00 AM
    8:00 AM
    9:00 AM
    10:00 AM
    10:05 AM
    President Obama departs White House
    South Lawn

    10:20 AM
    President Obama departs Joint Base Andrews en route to Springfield, Illinois

    11:00 AM
    12:00 PM
    12:20 PM
    President Obama arrives in Springfield, Illinois
    Abraham Lincoln Capital Airport, Springfield, Illinois

    1:00 PM
    2:00 PM
    Vice President Biden tours the Modrich Laboratory in the Nanaline Duke Building
    Duke University Medical Center

    2:10 PM
    President Obama addresses the Illinois General Assembly
    Illinois State Capitol, Springfield, Illinois

    2:30 PM
    Vice President Biden participate in a roundtable discussion on the Cancer Moonshot
    Mary Duke Biddle Trent Semans Center for Health Education at the Duke University Medical Center

    3:00 PM
    4:00 PM
    4:25 PM
    President Obama delivers remarks
    Hoogland Center for the Arts, Springfield, Illinois

    5:00 PM
    6:00 PM
    6:10 PM
    President Obama departs Illinois en route to California
    Abraham Lincoln Capital Airport, Springfield, Illinois

    7:00 PM
    8:00 PM
    9:00 PM
    10:00 PM
    10:30 PM
    President Obama arrives Mountain View, CA
    Moffett Federal Airfield, Mountain View, CA

    President Obama overnights in Milpitas, CA

  10. Obama to mark anniversary of first campaign with return to Springfield

    January 29, 2016, 01:02 pm By Jordan Fabian – TheHill

    President Obama will travel next month to Springfield, Ill., the place where he launched his long-shot presidential campaign nine years ago.

    The White House said Friday that Obama will travel to the state capitol of Illinois on Feb. 10, the same date he announced his White House bid with a speech from the steps of the Old State Capitol.

    Obama will address the Illinois General Assembly “about what we can do, together, to build a better politics — one that reflects our better selves,” according to a White House official.

    For more: http://thehill.com/blogs/blog-briefing-room/news/267529-obama-to-mark-anniversary-of-first-campaign-with-return-to

    • February 10, 2016

      Remarks by the President in Address to the Illinois General Assembly

      House Chamber
      Illinois State Capitol
      Springfield, Illinois

      1:03 P.M. CST

      THE PRESIDENT: Hey! (Applause.) Thank you! (Applause.) Thank you so much! Thank you, everybody. (Applause.) Thank you! (Applause.) Everybody, please have a seat. Have a seat. Thank you so much.

      Mr. Speaker, Mr. President, members of the General Assembly, my fellow Illinoisans: It’s actually kind of fun to start a speech like that twice in one month. (Laughter.)

      What an incredible privilege it is to address this chamber. And to Governor Rauner, Senator Durbin, members of Congress, Speaker Madigan, Former Governor Pat Quinn, Mayor Langfelder and the people of Springfield — thank you for such a warm welcome as I come back home. (Applause.) Thank you. Thank you so much. Thank you. It’s good to be home. (Applause.) Thank you, guys. Thank you. Thank you. (Applause.) It is great to see so many old friends like John Cullerton and Emil Jones. I miss you guys.

      AUDIENCE MEMBER: Miss you! (Laughter.)

      THE PRESIDENT: It’s great to be in the State Capitol. Being here today calls to mind the first time I spoke on the Senate floor, almost 20 years ago. And I was passionate, idealistic, ready to make a difference. Just to stand in that magnificent chamber was enough to fill me up with a heightened sense of purpose.

      For more: https://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2016/02/10/remarks-president-address-illinois-general-assembly

    • Springfield: Where It Began

      Published on Feb 12, 2016

      On February 10, 2016 President Obama took a trip to Springfield, Illinois — where exactly nine years prior he announced his bid for the presidency. Watch the President visit old colleagues and reflect on his time in office.

  11. February 10, 2016

    Statement by the President on Ash Wednesday

    Today, Michelle and I join our fellow Christians in marking Ash Wednesday. Lent is a season of reflection, repentance and renewal, a time to rededicate ourselves to God and one another. We remember the sacrifice and suffering of Jesus Christ. We pray for all those who suffer, including those Christians who are subjected to unspeakable violence and persecution for their faith. And we join millions here at home and around the world in giving thanks for this sacred and solemn season that guides us toward the Easter celebration.

  12. Biden Visiting Duke University to Promote ‘Cancer Moonshot’

    Feb 10, 2016, 10:19 AM ET By JONATHAN DREW, ASSOCIATED PRESS DURHAM, N.C.

    Vice President Joe Biden will visit Duke University to observe cancer research and discuss the White House’s proposed $1 billion effort to accelerate progress on developing cures.

    Biden will tour labs and participate in a discussion Wednesday afternoon on his effort to streamline cooperation between government agencies and researchers.

    Don Graves serves in the White House as counselor to the vice president. He says Duke was chosen because of cutting-edge research there on cancer topics.

    The Duke Cancer Institute hosts more than 100 board-certified cancer physicians and more than 500 staff members dedicated to cancer.

    The trip is Biden’s first to a university since the president announced his budget request this month to fund the bulk of the effort dubbed the “cancer moonshot.”

    • 2:00 PM ET
      Vice President Biden tours the Modrich Laboratory in the Nanaline Duke Building
      Duke University Medical Center

    • 2:30 PM ET
      Vice President Biden participate in a roundtable discussion on the Cancer Moonshot
      Mary Duke Biddle Trent Semans Center for Health Education at the Duke University Medical Center

  13. 4:25 PM ET
    President Obama delivers remarks
    Hoogland Center for the Arts, Springfield, Illinois

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