Thursday, January 14, 2010

An Obama Status Report On Energy and The Need for Systemic Solutions in 2010

Here's an encouraging status report on the Obama administration's efforts to advance the Clean Energy Economy:

During President-Elect Barack Obama’s transition, the Center for American Progress proposed a 10-point clean-energy agenda for the president and Congress that would speed the economic transformation to a clean energy economy. A review of these items today finds that all were adopted or are working their way through the process. This is a startling achievement amidst the worst economy in 70 years, two wars, and an opposition party disinterested in cooperation. President Obama did much of what he promised, and he can do more in 2010 by cajoling Congress to do its part.

These achievements will have real world impact. By 2011, the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, P.L. 111-5, will double the generation of renewable electricity from the wind, sun, and earth. ARRA will also lead to energy efficiency retrofits in 1 million homes by 2012. And President Obama’s new fuel economy standards would save 1.8 billion barrels of oil. Additional benefits will accrue as the president and Congress finish some 2009 clean-energy initiatives and additional efforts are launched in 2010.

The article not only reviews 2009's progress, but includes a solid to-do list for 2010, starting with cajoling the Senate into passing climate change legislation, and also including many more Executive Branch steps that will almost certainly prove much easier.

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