US Joins Paris Climate Agreement

The Paris Agreement (FrenchL’accord de Paris) is an agreement within the framework of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) dealing with greenhouse gases emissions mitigation, adaptation and finance starting in the year 2020. An agreement on the language of the treaty was negotiated by representatives of 195 countries at the 21st Conference of the Parties of the UNFCCC in Paris and adopted by consensus on 12 December 2015.

For more: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Paris_Agreement

President Obama: The United States Formally Enters the Paris Agreement

SEPTEMBER 3, 2016 AT 10:41 AM ET BY TANYA SOMANADER

Last December, more than 190 countries adopted the Paris Agreement, the most ambitious climate change agreement in history. In order for the agreement to take effect and enter into force, at least 55 countries representing at least 55 percent of global emissions need to formally join the Agreement.

Today, the United States and China deposited with United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon their respective instruments to join the Paris Agreement, marking a significant contribution towards the early entry into force of the Paris Agreement.

Today’s action by the United States and China to formally join is a significant step towards entry into force this year with countries representing around 40 percent of global emissions having now joined and more than 55 countries having already joined or publicly committed to work towards joining the agreement this year.

For more: https://www.whitehouse.gov/blog/2016/09/03/president-obama-united-states-formally-enters-paris-agreement

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  1. WH

    Thursday, September 8, 2016

    All Times Eastern

    President Obama receives the presidential daily briefing

    President Obama participates in an ASEAN – EAS family photo
    National Convention Centre, Vientiane, Laos

    President Obama Holds a Press Conference
    National Convention Centre, Vientiane, Laos

    President Obama departs Laos en route to Japan
    Wattay International Airport, Vientiane, Laos

    President Obama arrives in Yokota, Japan and Air Force One refuels
    Yokota Air Base, Japan

    President Obama departs Japan en route to Alaska
    Yokota Air Base, Japan

    President Obama arrives in Achorage, Alaska and Air Force One refuels
    Ted Stevens International Airport, Anchorage, Alaska

    President Obama departs Achorage en route to Joint Base Andrews
    Ted Stevens International Airport, Anchorage, Alaska

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    Vice President Joe Biden accompanied by House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA), Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV), and other Democratic members of Congress call for action on a variety of legislation
    Capitol Hill, Washington DC

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    First Lady Michelle Obama Honors The 2016 National Student Poets
    White House

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  2. US Joins Paris Agreement

    The Paris Agreement (French: L’accord de Paris) is an agreement within the framework of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) dealing with greenhouse gases emissions mitigation, adaptation and finance starting in the year 2020. An agreement on the language of the treaty was negotiated by representatives of 195 countries at the 21st Conference of the Parties of the UNFCCC in Paris and adopted by consensus on 12 December 2015.

    For more: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Paris_Agreement

    • President Obama: The United States Formally Enters the Paris Agreement

      SEPTEMBER 3, 2016 AT 10:41 AM ET BY TANYA SOMANADER

      Last December, more than 190 countries adopted the Paris Agreement, the most ambitious climate change agreement in history. In order for the agreement to take effect and enter into force, at least 55 countries representing at least 55 percent of global emissions need to formally join the Agreement. 

      Today, the United States and China deposited with United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon their respective instruments to join the Paris Agreement, marking a significant contribution towards the early entry into force of the Paris Agreement. 

      Today’s action by the United States and China to formally join is a significant step towards entry into force this year with countries representing around 40 percent of global emissions having now joined and more than 55 countries having already joined or publicly committed to work towards joining the agreement this year. 

      For more: https://www.whitehouse.gov/blog/2016/09/03/president-obama-united-states-formally-enters-paris-agreement

    • September 03, 2016

      Remarks by President Obama on the United States Formally Entering into the Paris Agreement

      West Lake State House
      ​Hangzhou, China

      5:46 P.M. CST

      PRESIDENT OBAMA: (In progress.) We are here together because we believe that for all the challenges that we face, the growing threat of climate change could define the contours of this century more dramatically than any other challenge.

      One of the reasons I ran for this office was to make sure that America does its part to protect this planet for future generations. Over the past seven and a half years, we’ve transformed the United States into a global leader in the fight against climate change. But this is not a fight that any one country, no matter how powerful, can take alone. That’s why last December’s Paris Agreement was so important. Nearly 200 nations came together as — a strong, enduring framework to set the world on a course to a low-carbon future. And someday we may see this as the moment that we finally decided to save our planet.

      There are no shortage of cynics who thought the agreement would not happen. But they missed two big things: The investments that we made to allow for incredible innovation in clean energy, and the strong, principled diplomacy over the course of years that we were able to see pay off in the Paris Agreement. The United States and China were central to that effort. Over the past few years, our joint leadership on climate has been one of the most significant drivers of global action.

      In 2014, President Xi and I stood together in Beijing to announce landmark climate targets for our two countries to meet. That announcement set us on the road to Paris by jumpstarting an intense diplomatic effort to put other countries on the same course. In 2015, we stood together in Washington to lay out additional actions our two countries would take, along with a roadmap for ultimately reaching a strong agreement in Paris. This year, in 2016, we meet again to commit formally to joining the agreement ahead of schedule, creating the prospect that the agreement might enter into force ahead of schedule, as well.

      The United States and China are taking that step today, as our two nations formally join the Paris Agreement. Of course, we could not have done this extraordinary work without the strong support of the Secretary General of the United Nations, Mr. Ban Ki-moon, who has been an outstanding leader on this issue, as well.

      Now, just as I believe the Paris Agreement will ultimately prove to be a turning point for our planet, I believe that history will judge today’s efforts as pivotal. For the agreement to enter into force, as has already been stated, 55 countries representing 55 percent of global emissions must formally join. Together, the U.S. and China represent about 40 percent of global emissions. So today, we are moving the world significantly closer to the goal that we have set.

      For more: https://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2016/09/04/remarks-president-obama-united-states-formally-entering-paris-agreement

  3. President Obama’s Travel Itinerary

    Thursday, September 8th
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    President Obama participates in an ASEAN – EAS family photo
    National Convention Centre, Vientiane, Laos

    President Obama Holds a Press Conference
    National Convention Centre, Vientiane, Laos

    President Obama departs Laos en route to Japan
    Wattay International Airport, Vientiane, Laos

    President Obama arrives in Yokota, Japan and Air Force One refuels
    Yokota Air Base, Japan

    President Obama departs Japan en route to Alaska
    Yokota Air Base, Japan

    President Obama arrives in Achorage, Alaska and Air Force One refuels
    Ted Stevens International Airport, Anchorage, Alaska

    President Obama departs Achorage en route to Joint Base Andrews
    Ted Stevens International Airport, Anchorage, Alaska

    President Obama arrives Joint Base Andrews

    President Obama departs Joint Base Andrews en route to White House

    President Obama arrives White House

    • September 08, 2016

      Press Conference of President Obama after ASEAN Summit

      Landmark Mekong Riverside Hotel
      Vientiane, Laos

      4:23 P.M. ICT

      PRESIDENT OBAMA: Good afternoon, everybody. Once again, I want to thank the government and the people of Laos for their wonderful hospitality and for their leadership as host of the ASEAN and East Asia Summits. And I especially want to express my gratitude for the warmth and the kindness that they’ve shown to me as the first U.S. President to visit this nation. It has been a memorable and, at times, a very moving visit.

      We’re here because, as a region with more than 600 million people, several fast-growing economies, some vibrant democracies, but also countries transitioning to democracies, and given their strategic location along vital trade routes, the 10 nations of ASEAN are critical to peace and prosperity not only in the Asia Pacific but to the world. Indeed, the United States and ASEAN are among each other’s top trading partners. We’re the largest investors in this region, and ASEAN is one of our largest markets for U.S. exports, supporting hundreds of thousands of American jobs. So our trade and investment fuels jobs and prosperity across our countries.

      And that’s why, as part of my rebalance of American foreign policy to the Asia Pacific, I’ve deepened our engagement with the nations of Southeast Asia and with ASEAN as an institution. As the first U.S. President to meet with the leaders of all 10 ASEAN countries, I’ve sustained our cooperation throughout my presidency. Earlier this year, I was proud to host the first U.S.-ASEAN Summit in the United States, at Sunnylands, California. Our meeting here in Laos was our eighth meeting. And this visit marks my ninth to the ASEAN region — more than any U.S. President.

      Together, the United States and ASEAN have forged a strategic partnership guided by key principles, including that ASEAN will remain central to peace, prosperity and progress in the Asia Pacific. The United States is now firmly part of the East Asia Summit, and we have worked to make that organization the region’s leading forum for dealing with political and security challenges, including maritime security. And we’re guided by the shared vision of the region that we put forward at Sunnylands — open, dynamic and competitive economies; mutual security and the peaceful resolution of disputes; and respect for human rights — in short, a region where all nations play by the same rules. That’s a vision that we advanced here.

      For more: https://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2016/09/08/press-conference-president-obama-after-asean-summit

  4. September 01, 2016

    First Lady Michelle Obama to Honor 2016 National Student Poets

    Thursday, September 8th

    The White House * 1:00PM ET – First Lady Michelle Obama will welcome the fifth annual class of the National Student Poets Program to the White House. The Kennedy Center’s Artistic Director for Hip-Hop Culture, Q-Tip, will be featured at this year’s poetry reading.

    For the past five years, Mrs. Obama has joined the President’s Committee on the Arts and Humanities (PCAH) and the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) to honor the top student poets in the country. Since its inception in 2011, the National Student Poets Program has showcased the essential role of writing and the arts in academic and personal success for audiences across the country. In addition, the First Lady will recognize the first class of the Spoken Word Ambassador Program, which was established to recognize students who demonstrate an exceptional ability to tell stories, to critically and creatively analyze their worlds, and to present that information in a way that is accessible to large and diverse audiences.

    For more: https://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2016/09/01/first-lady-michelle-obama-honor-2016-national-student-poets

    • September 08, 2016

      Remarks by the First Lady Honoring the 2016 Class of the National Student Poets Program

      East Room

      1:48 P.M. EDT

      MRS. OBAMA: Well, good afternoon, and welcome to the White House. Yay! We’re here in the White House. And we are beyond thrilled to have you all here today.

      I want to start by thanking a few people who helped make this day possible. Of course, I want to start with Megan Beyer and the President’s Committee on the Arts and the Humanities. Yay! (Applause.) The Alliance for Young Artists & Writers, the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Institute of Museum and Library Sciences, Urban Word, Youth Speaks. (Audience snaps fingers.) Yeah, I forgot we snap here, too. (Laughter.)

      And I want to give a very special shout-out and thank you to Olivia Morgan, who has just done all the great work to make this possible. (Applause.) This is not on the teleprompter — but, Olivia, we couldn’t have done this without you. Your passion, your energy, your focus, your vision has just been tremendous. Barack and I think the world of you — and your whole family. And we love you and are so grateful for everything you’ve — okay, we’re not crying. (Laughter.) We’re not going to cry. But, Olivia, thank you so much.

      And I also want to thank our distinguished guest, an Abstract Poet himself, the one, the only — Q-Tip. (Applause.) Looking good! So good to have you. Now, when my kids look up and go, “Q-Tip is coming?” — I know we’re into something. (Laughter.) They usually don’t care what I do here. (Laughter.) But they were excited that you were going to be here. They’re at school. I also want to give a huge thank you to our wonderful jurors who helped to do the hard work. (Applause.) All of you who are here today, thank you. Thank you.

      For more: https://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2016/09/08/remarks-first-lady-honoring-2016-class-national-student-poets-program

  5. US Jobless Claims

    Released On 9/8/2016 8:30:00 AM For wk 9/3, 2016

    Prior Consensus Consensus Range Actual
    New Claims – Level 263 K 264 K 261 K to 270 K 259 K
    4-week Moving Average – Level 263.00 K 261.25 K
    New Claims – Change 2 K -4 K

    Highlights
    Jobless claims remain little changed near historic lows in further confirmation that layoffs are low and the labor market healthy. Initial claims fell 4,000 in the September 3 week to a lower-than-expected 259,000, pulling the 4-week average down 1,750 to a 261,250 level that is solidly in line with trend. The reporting week was a shortened holiday week for Labor Day and made for a number of state estimates, pointing to the risk of revision in next week’s data. Revisions or not, initial claims are very low.

    Continuing claims, in lagging data for the August 27 week, fell 7,000 to 2.144 million with this 4-week average down 4,000 to 2.154 million, also in line with trend. The unemployment rate for insured workers remains at a very low 1.6 percent.

    Source: http://www.econoday.com/economic-calendar.aspx

  6. U.S. closes maximum security unit but five tied to 9/11 plot still held

    SEP 9, 2016 AFP-JIJI

    WASHINGTON – The U.S. military has closed a maximum-security detention center at Guantanamo Bay, an official said Thursday, as the controversial prison’s population continues to dwindle.

    Guantanamo’s Camp 5 lockup, built in 2004 at a cost of $17 million, closed Aug. 19 and will be converted into a medical center with a psychiatric wing for detainees, facility spokesman Navy Capt. John Filostrat told AFP.

    Only a “handful” of detainees had remained at Camp 5 after 15 inmates were transferred to the United Arab Emirates last month, the biggest single release under President Barack Obama.

    The few former Camp 5 inmates are now housed in an adjacent medium-security jail, Camp 6, where they have access to communal areas and computers through which they can Skype family members, Filostrat said.

    Twenty of the 40 or so detainees now at Camp 6 have been cleared for transfer and are optimistic they may be released before Obama leaves office in January.

    “It’s fair to say there’s a sense of anticipation, maybe hope even,” Filostrat said.

    Still, a few detainees continue to protest their indefinite detention by hunger striking.

    Many have been locked up for more than a decade without any formal charges being brought, with only limited access to lawyers and amid allegations of detainee abuse.

    The riskiest remaining detainees, including the five men accused of plotting the Sept. 11, 2001, terror attacks, are incarcerated at another, secret prison camp called Camp 7 located elsewhere on the base.

    Camp 5 once housed noncompliant inmates and hunger strikers. The facility had special equipment in place to protect jailors from “splashing” — the grim practice of prisoners hurling bodily fluids and excrement at guards.

    Filostrat said a small number of men at Camp 6 are continuing their hunger strikes and are force-fed, but noted “90 percent are very compliant.”

    Camp 5’s closure means the overall guard and staffing force for Guantanamo Bay’s entire prison operation will shrink from 1,950 to about 1,550. Most of the reductions come from military police units that no longer will be sent there.

    Since the Sept. 11, 2001, terror attacks, about 780 inmates have been housed in the U.S. military-run facility which Obama has repeatedly tried to close.

    For more: http://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2016/09/09/world/u-s-closes-guantanamo-maximum-security-unit-five-tied-911-plot-still-held/#.V9IShDuli91

  7. WH

    Friday, September 9, 2016

    All Times Eastern

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    12:45 AM
    President Obama arrives Joint Base Andrews

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    President Obama departs Joint Base Andrews en route to White House

    1:15 AM
    President Obama arrives White House
    South Lawn

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    President Obama receives the presidential daily briefing

    President Obama attends meetings at the White House

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  8. September 09, 2016

    Statement by the President on North Korea’s Nuclear Test

    The United States condemns North Korea’s September 9 nuclear test in the strongest possible terms as a grave threat to regional security and to international peace and stability. North Korea stands out as the only country to have tested nuclear weapons this century. Today’s test, North Korea’s second this year, follows an unprecedented campaign of ballistic missile launches, which North Korea claims are intended to serve as delivery vehicles for nuclear weapons targeting the United States and our allies, the Republic of Korea and Japan. As Commander in Chief, I have a responsibility to safeguard the American people and ensure that the United States is leading the international community in responding to this threat and North Korea’s other provocations with commensurate resolve and condemnation.

    To be clear, the United States does not, and never will, accept North Korea as a nuclear state. Far from achieving its stated national security and economic development goals, North Korea’s provocative and destabilizing actions have instead served to isolate and impoverish its people through its relentless pursuit of nuclear weapons and ballistic missile capabilities. Today’s nuclear test, a flagrant violation of multiple UN Security Council Resolutions, makes clear North Korea’s disregard for international norms and standards for behavior and demonstrates it has no interest in being a responsible member of the international community.

    For more: https://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2016/09/09/statement-president-north-koreas-nuclear-test

  9. 11:05 AM EDT
    Vice President Biden Speaks at a Roundtable on the Tech Hire Initiative
    St. Louis, MO

  10. The Obama Administration Temporarily Blocks the Dakota Access Pipeline
    The surprise move came after a federal judge declined to stop the 1,100-mile fossil fuel project’s construction.

    9/9/16 5:31 PM ET ROBINSON MEYER – TheAtlantic

    The Standing Rock Sioux Tribe and the hundreds of Native protestors who have joined them in rural North Dakota won a huge but provisional victory in their quest to stop the Dakota Access pipeline, as the U.S. government announced late on Friday afternoon that it was voluntarily halting work on the project.

    The triumph tasted all the sweeter because it had followed so closely after a seemingly immense defeat. Mere minutes after a federal judge declined the Tribe’s request for an injunction to stop construction on the pipeline, the Obama administration made a surprise announcement that it would not permit the project to continue for now.

    “Construction of the pipeline on Army Corps land bordering or under Lake Oahe will not go forward at this time,” said a joint statement from the Department of Justice, the Department of the Interior, and the U.S. Army. “We request that the pipeline company voluntarily pause all construction activity within 20 miles east or west of Lake Oahe.”

    The Army will now move to “reconsider any of its previous decisions” regarding whether the pipeline respects federal law, especially the National Environmental Policy Act, the statement said.

    The Obama administration also announced that it will invite tribes to formal consultations this fall about whether any federal rules around national infrastructure projects like the Dakota Access pipeline should be reformed in order to protect tribal resources and rights. It will also consider whether new laws should be proposed to Congress.

    For more: http://www.theatlantic.com/science/archive/2016/09/the-obama-administration-temporarily-blocks-the-dakota-access-pipeline/499454/?utm_source=atltw

    • Protesters Gain Victory in Fight Over Dakota Access Oil Pipeline

      DEC. 4, 2016 By JACK HEALY and NICHOLAS FANDOS – nytimes

      CANNON BALL, N.D. — The Standing Rock Sioux Tribe won a major victory on Sunday in its battle to block an oil pipeline being built near its reservation when the Department of the Army announced that it would not allow the pipeline to be drilled under a dammed section of the Missouri River.

      The Army said it would look for alternative routes for the $3.7 billion Dakota Access pipeline. Construction of the route a half-mile from the Standing Rock Sioux reservation has become a global flash point for environmental and indigenous activism, drawing thousands of people out here to a sprawling prairie camp of tents, tepees and yurts.

      “The best way to complete that work responsibly and expeditiously is to explore alternate routes for the pipeline crossing,” Jo-Ellen Darcy, the Army’s assistant secretary for civil works, said in a statement. The move could presage a lengthy environmental review that has the potential to block the pipeline’s construction for months or years.

      But it was unclear how durable the government’s decision would be. Sunday’s announcement came in the dwindling days of the Obama administration, which revealed in November that the Army Corps of Engineers was considering an alternative route. The Corps of Engineers is part of the Department of the Army.

      President-elect Donald J. Trump, however, has taken a different view of the project and said as recently as last week that he supported finishing the 1,170-mile pipeline, which crosses four states and is almost complete.

      For more: http://www.nytimes.com/2016/12/04/us/federal-officials-to-explore-different-route-for-dakota-pipeline.html?_r=0

  11. 8:10 PM EDT
    Vice President Biden Delivers Remarks at the Stand Up to Cancer Live Event
    Los Angeles, CA

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