news op-ed: Obama slaps up auto regulators and tells them what’s up

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I still can’t believe that this is happening. I mean, I knew this day would come, especially after the election and now inauguration. It’s finally here but it’s still hard to have it sink in after 8 long years of utterly jaw dropping and backwards policies. President Obama is at work and this man is on a mission to truly launch America into the 21st Century, with a much more enlightened worldview.

Take today for example. It marks a first step in the Obama administration’s environmental policy in curbing greenhouse gas emissions. With an application from California and a host of other states, Obama’s memorandum today is a promising sign in increasing the efficiency of cars and trucks. I love the Bush administration-directed “this is what needs to be done and how” kind of urgency and action the Obama administration is applying in what has only been nearly a week. Just as encouraging are further directives aimed at the Environmental Protection Agency and Department of Transportation to reevaluate the Bush administration’s rejected California application and a 2007 law requiring a 40% improvement in vehicles by 2020, respectively.

It will be interesting to see what the administration does with the Department of Energy and Steven Chu’s post and how Obama will balance the prevailing and seemingly conflicting views of both Carol Browner, the White House coordinator of energy and climate policy, and Lawrence Summers, a key leader on his economic team. The daunting challenge being how to balance environmental and economic goals in the short and long term. Exciting times indeed to push the envelope.

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~ by the reckoner on January 26, 2009.

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