Now that Obama has proposed an economic recovery plan, and set the wheels in motion to close our secret prisons around the world, deal with the individuals being held without charges at Guantanamo and stop the use of torture, he’s moving on to the environment. Today he signed two executive orders on environmental policy, and directed federal regulators to – according to the New York Times – “move swiftly on an application by California and 13 other states to set strict automobile emission and fuel efficiency standards,” something which the Bush administration had vehemently opposed.
The automotive industry, as you might expect, has gone apoplectic. Here’s a clip from yet another article in the New York Times:
… The California regulations, if enacted today, “would basically kill the industry,” said David E. Cole, chairman of the Center for Automotive Research, an independent research organization in Ann Arbor, Mich. “It would have a devastating effect on everybody, and not just the domestics.”
I wish I could go on an on about this, but I’ve got other work I need to attend to tonight. If want to lend a hand and help fill in some of the blanks, it would be appreciated. Just leave a comment.