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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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      joe shikspack, Damnit Janet

      has not, overall, seriously tackled global warming:

      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:

      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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