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  •  "This is how Obama has always operated"? (1+ / 0-)
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    Don't you think that that's a pretty ridiculous statement, considering that he's doubled CAFE standards and introduced much stricter mercury emissions that are forcing old coal power plants to shut down?

    If he really were the perpetual caver that some of you want to make him out to be, he wouldn't have gotten that done, nor would he have gotten the interstate emissions regulations and the shipping emissions done.

    And we wouldn't be seeing a rapidly growing renewable energy industry, either.

    "A candle loses nothing by lighting another candle" - Mohammed Nabbous, R.I.P.

    by Lawrence on Thu Mar 22, 2012 at 11:21:59 AM PDT

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    •  I guess you don't remember... (3+ / 0-)
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      joe shikspack, poligirl, Damnit Janet

      the Obama-Bunning Liquid coal act he proposed while in the senate. The coal industry loved that.

      And his friendly relations with the Nuclear Power industry.

      And global warming still looms. Have we managed to significantly do anything about that?

      And let's see how this pipeline project goes... what do you think: Will the entire project be approved?

      Everywhere you will find that the wealth of the wealthy springs from the poverty of the poor. - from The Conquest of Bread by Peter Kropotkin

      by ZhenRen on Thu Mar 22, 2012 at 11:38:24 AM PDT

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      •  I'm judging him by his actions as President, and (0+ / 0-)

        the fact there is that the CAFE standards alone are going to do more to combat global warming and reduce our dependence on foreign oil than anything else that has been done in decades.... or longer.

        I don't know if the entire thing will be built.  I hope not.

        "A candle loses nothing by lighting another candle" - Mohammed Nabbous, R.I.P.

        by Lawrence on Thu Mar 22, 2012 at 12:30:14 PM PDT

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        •  What Obama has done so far... (2+ / 0-)
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          has not, overall, seriously tackled global warming:

          http://www.treehugger.com/...

          By allowing industry to trample him -- Obama is desperate not to seem 'anti-business', a laughable allegation the business community lodged at him to get some leverage -- he has ended up accomplishing very little in the environmental arena, and indeed, taken some backwards steps. Yes, there was the R&D for cleantech in the stimulus bill, and the laudable CAFE fuel efficiency standards. But he's also expanded drilling more than Bush, failed to make any headway at all on pricing carbon emissions, and has leaned on his EPA to delay important regulations. He believes that by making these compromises with industry, he will be seen as a reasonable, bipartisan leader. He is wrong. All that has happened is his opponents have learned that they can get what they want by being obstinate.

          That environmentalists have felt let down Barack Obama is no revelation. After getting fed up with all of the above, the biggest green groups in the nation took to threatening not to back his reelection if he approved a tar sands oil pipeline proposed to run through the heart of the midwest. Obama relented, and delayed the pipeline. But the disappointment lingers: a presidency once poised to be the greenest in memory has time and again failed to deliver.

          Worst of all, he's not even ignorant. He's just too damn eager to compromise.

          One report concludes his CAFE standards will increase the market share of larger vehicles:

          http://www.eenews.net/...

          The Obama administration's push to boost automotive fuel efficiency might contain a loophole big enough for a fleet of new SUVs, according to a new study by University of Michigan researchers.

          The decision to shun a flat nationwide average in favor of a so-called footprint standard will allow larger cars to meet a weaker fuel economy target than smaller cars, the study says.

          While new SUVs and trucks would be more fuel-efficient than their predecessors, researchers said, the overall effect would be to drag down the goal of making automakers meet a 54.5 mpg standard by 2025.

          Everywhere you will find that the wealth of the wealthy springs from the poverty of the poor. - from The Conquest of Bread by Peter Kropotkin

          by ZhenRen on Thu Mar 22, 2012 at 01:09:42 PM PDT

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