President Obama moves forward to a cleaner environment

February 2nd, 2009

The Western Edition - San Francisco President Obama moves forward to a cleaner environment

President Barack Obama has opened the way for California and other states to set stricter vehicle emissions rules on their own to curb global warming, a step opposed by automakers.

I wonder which automakers are opposed to this?  Could it be the Detroit Big Three, or…?

Obama also announced that his administration will finish work on new federal rules requiring cars and light trucks to be more fuel-efficient by 2011. He linked the actions to his plan to revitalize the economy.

“Our goal is not to further burden an already struggling industry, it is to help America’s automakers prepare for the future,” Obama said during his first week. “We must ensure that the fuel efficient cars of tomorrow are built right here.”

It looks like we blew our chance during the Clinton administration as pointed in in the History of Hybrid Cars in America. Its hard to believe we’re actually going to get another opportunity, but all I can do is remain optimistic.

President Obama signaled that our country can no longer afford to wait to combat the climate crisis and our dangerous dependence on foreign oil. He is setting our country on a path led by science and innovation, in a dramatic departure from the past eight years.

Granting the request of California and other states to move forward with reducing greenhouse gases emissions from vehicles will steer American automakers to retool their fleets. Only through innovation will automakers be able to create the greener cars of the future and regain their global competitiveness.

Read the rest of the article here.

While this is certainly a step in the right direction, where does increasing public transportation come into the mix?  What about high-speed trains such as the ones proposed for California which will bring in over 600,000 contract and permanent jobs?  I would think adding more commuter trains bridging the gaps between the suburbs and the cities would also be beneficial.  Or maybe this is beyond whats possible right now financially.  Hopefully this is something that will come up in the near future.

What are your thoughts on this?  Tell me if I’m missing something.

9 Responses to “President Obama moves forward to a cleaner environment”

  1. Henie says:

    You bring up so many good points, Carla.

    Isn’t it amazing that California never properly planned for mass transit?

    Further, I have heard that California will be bankrupt by March which btw, all we will get on state tax returns is an I.O.U. from the state.

    I continue to stand firmly behind President Obama…we will be alright! :)

  2. Mike Goad says:

    Any initiative for better fuel economy and more mass transit makes sense from both economic and national security perspectives, regardless of the potential positive impact on carbon emissions. I don’t see it as a “green” issue. It’s something we should have been working towards since the energy crisis of the early 70s.

  3. Sagan says:

    I think Obama’s going to make lots of really great changes- and hopefully this is only the beginning!

  4. Wilson Pon says:

    I’m sure that Obama would be a great president and I’ll support all his acts, as long as it benefits all human kind!

  5. Carla says:

    @Wilson @Sagan – I agree!

    @Mike – I dont know we allowed so much time to pass before making sigin9icant changes in this.

    @Henie – I heard about the I.O.U. we’re supposed to get! Can we change them interest?

  6. Gennaro says:

    It’s about time we moved in this direction. Change, indeed.

  7. Obama is so full of promise. I am looking forward to all of his plans.

  8. wilson says:

    The U.S. Vice President say that we recover the ailing economy and remain a focus in greener campaign in the same time! This is what we need in this moment, Carla.

  9. I am discouraged that the focus is always on cars – hybrid cars, more fuel efficient cars, etc. when the car is still a negative when it comes to the environment. There needs to be much more focus on mass transit and rail – these, however, still seem to be one of the first things cut.


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