Obama's Environmental Record

While many of his supporters have criticized President Obama for not acting far or fast enough on their respective causes, Daniel J. Weiss argues that the President's environmental achievements in his first year were significant.

Weiss names 10 areas in which the Obama administration has shown itself to be dramatically different from its predecessor.

"President Obama announced an agreement with California, the auto companies, and the United Auto Workers to establish the first-ever greenhouse gas limits for motor vehicles; Under President Obama, [the] EPA followed the science and the law by making the [GHG] endangerment finding; The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, or ARRA, which became law on February 17, 2009, includes $70 billion for clean-energy investments; Power plants [will] have to meet plant specific mercury reductions; Senators John Kerry (D-MA), Lindsay Graham (R-SC), and Joe Lieberman (I-CT) are developing comprehensive compromise energy and global warming legislation that would reduce greenhouse gas pollution by 17 percent; In 2008 CAP recommended that President Obama support and Congress pass a nationwide renewable electricity standard of 25 percent by 2025."

Weiss concludes by suggesting a number of ways in which the President can build on these successes in the coming year by increasing investments into renewable energy and infrastructure.

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Comments

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But he gave money to sprawl builders

The monetary handouts provided to large builders like Ryan homes counters Obama's environmental initiatives. Under no circumstances should their model of building be supported by government policy- certainly not with citizen tax dollars.

Rural municipalities continue to be built out with housing subdivisions like those built by Ryan homes. This needs to be recognized as a major environmental problem that fuels all of the other environmental problems.

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