The Obamas just revealed a first look at the new Presidential Center in Chicago

May 3, 2017 by  
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Former president and First Lady Barack and Michelle Obama just revealed plans for the Obama Presidential Center in Chicago. The park-like campus will feature three buildings including a museum, a forum and a library. The highlight of the design is the museum, which is clad in light-colored stone and stands as a sort of “lantern” for the campus. Designers are focusing on merging the best of the outdoors with the best of the indoors by including plenty of green spaces, green roofs , and public gardens. The campus, located in the neighborhood Jackson Park, will host exhibition space, education rooms, a restaurant, public gardens, and the Presidential library, which will house documents, photos and artifacts from Obama’s time in office. Related: Obama’s presidential library will be set in Chicago’s Jackson Park Pathways will criss-cross the campus, allowing visitors to walk from green spaces on the ground level to the green roofs of the two lower buildings. An outdoor plaza will connect everything together. The design was created by Tod Williams and Billie Tsien and will cost approximately $500 million to construct. Once completed, the buildings will comprise 200 – 225,000 square feet. Via The Chicago Tribune images via The Obama Foundation

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Cadillac unveils their new CT6 Plug-in Hybrid – a large, green luxury sedan

May 3, 2017 by  
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Cadillac is pushing a new green car strategy they hope will make a bigger impact than their ELR plug-in hybrid – a low-performing vehicle in terms of sales success. Rather than produce a standalone plug-in hybrid , like the ELR, Cadillac will release plug-in hybrid versions of its regular lineup, starting with the new 2017 CT6 Plug-in Hybrid. The 2017 CT6 plug-in hybrid is just now reaching showrooms, giving Cadillac a rival to other luxury sedan plug-ins, like the Mercedes-Benz S 550e, BMW 740e and Porsche Panamera E-Hybrid. The CT6 plug-in hybrid can travel up to 31 miles in electric mode, which is better than the embarrassing 12 mile EV range that the S550e manages to squeeze out of its battery. If you open the hood, you won’t see a V6 or large V8 engine, like many Cadillac loyalists are used to. Instead, the CT6 plug-in hybrid is powered by a turbocharged 2.0L four-cylinder engine and two-motor electric variable transmission. A large lithium-ion battery powers the electric part of the system from behind the backseat and takes up to 4.5 hours to fully recharge on a 240-volt outlet. Related: Honda steps up with new green car strategy In total, the system generates 335 horsepower and 432 lb-ft. of torque, which puts it directly in the middle of the CT6 lineup, with only the twin-turbocharged 3.0L V6 beating it. The CT6 plug-in hybrid can reach 60 mph in 5.2 seconds and has a 62 combined MPGe rating. Plus the 31-mile driving range is longer than almost every other plug-in hybrid on the market, with the exception of the Chevy Volt and BMW i3, but neither of those models are as luxurious or comfortable. On the road the CT6 tries to find the perfect balance between performance and efficiency. You can select between three driving modes: Tour, Sport and Hold. Tour is the standard setting, but if you want a more exciting driving experience, there’s the Sport mode with its more aggressive pedal mapping and steering response. The Hold mode allows the driver to save the EV range for later use, maybe in a city center, for example. There are also four selectable battery regen modes to recuperate as much energy as you want. The strongest setting almost allows for one pedal driving, which is something that makes the i3 so great to drive in traffic. What’s it like to drive the CT6 Plug-in Hybrid? Driving around Los Angeles in the CT6 Plug-in Hybrid, it’s easy to forget you’re driving an electrified Cadillac. The instantaneous torque makes acceleration a breeze and the 31-mile EV range is enough for short errands around town. With a 0-60 mph time of only 5.2 seconds, the CT6 Plug-in Hybrid can speed past many sports cars. Although it is fast, it’s still not a true sports sedan. If you’re looking for a sportier driving experience, you’ll probably want to check out the Panamera instead, but if you’re in the market for a large, luxurious sedan, without the fuel economy penalty, the CT6 Plug-in Hybrid is hard to beat. Pricing for the 2017 Cadillac CT6 Plug-in hybrid starts at $75,095. It only comes in one trim with standard features like, a head-up display, panoramic sunroof, rear seat infotainment system and the Enhanced Vision package. Images @Inhabitat and Cadillac + Cadillac

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What are you doing the next four weeks?

October 11, 2016 by  
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If you’re not doing everything to elect the presidential candidate who’s right on climate change and energy issues, you’re making a big mistake.

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Tell Donald Trump to stop encouraging his sons to hunt rare wild animals

January 29, 2016 by  
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Donald Trump is many things. He’s a billionaire, a staunch conservative, the target of many bad hair jokes and, in case you missed it somehow, he’s also running for President of the United States. Trump is also the father of five children: three sons and two daughters. Last summer, Trump went on record defending his two eldest sons, Donald Jr. (Don) and Eric, who are big game hunters. When the public learned about the sons’ penchant for killing, the elder Trump defended and complimented his sons. Now, thousands are calling on the presidential candidate to change his tune. SIGN THIS PETITION > Read the rest of Tell Donald Trump to stop encouraging his sons to hunt rare wild animals

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Artist George Sabra wants us to “tie the knot” on petroleum

January 29, 2016 by  
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Chicago prize winners reveal their visions for the Obama Presidential Library

February 18, 2015 by  
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President Obama’s 2015 State of the Union address calls climate change the greatest threat to future generations

January 21, 2015 by  
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In President Barack Obama ‘s second-to-last State of the Union (SOTU) address, he talked about a great many things. Although hints from the White House in the days leading up to the address would have had us believe that the environment would be a shining star in the speech, it just wasn’t. Obama spent less than 5 minutes discussing climate change and made no ground-breaking statements. He did, however, admit that “no challenge? ?poses a greater threat to future generations than climate change.” Read the rest of President Obama’s 2015 State of the Union address calls climate change the greatest threat to future generations Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: 2014 , address , barack obama , Climate Change , democrat , emissions , Environment , goals , green energy , keystone xl , obama , Policy , politics , president , presidential , SOTU , speech , state of the union , white house

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Acclaimed architects unveil plans for the Obama Presidential Center library in Hawaii

January 5, 2015 by  
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After Hurricane Sandy and the Election, Will Climate Change Cease To Be a Political Taboo?

November 8, 2012 by  
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Many people were frustrated with the lack of discussion about climate change before and during the presidential election. Notably lacking from the presidential debates was even a single mention of climate change – a first since 1984. Now that President Obama has been reelected , will the biggest issue facing the planet today cease to be a political taboo ? With the election behind us and a stark reminder from Hurricane Sandy , many hope that this is the case. Read the rest of After Hurricane Sandy and the Election, Will Climate Change Cease To Be a Political Taboo? Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: climate change legislation , EPA policy , global warming legislation , global warming policy , President Obama climat change policy , President Obama global warming , US 2012 Election , US climate change policy

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Roseanne Barr Running for President as Green Party Candidate

February 3, 2012 by  
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Roseanne Barr has gone from sitcom comedy to a reality show set on her Hawaiian macadamia nut farm – and her latest venture is running for president! The comedienne and activist announced Thursday via Twitter that she will be running as a Green Party presidential candidate for 2012. Barr’s platform heavily stresses ending the influence of corporate money on politics and elections. Read the rest of Roseanne Barr Running for President as Green Party Candidate Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: 2012 Election , green party , Green Party Candidates 2012 , Jill Stein , Presidential Candidate , Roseanne Barr

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