A New Day in America – Congratulations President-Elect Obama

Renewable energy — By Stephanie on November 5, 2008 at 5:19 am
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Fresh, new leadership in America

Today, Wednesday November 5, 2008, the entire world is waking up to a new day in America.  President-elect Obama has promised to bring great change with respect to the environment, new renewable energy policies and – we hope – the slowing of global warming.  Perhaps we can finally be released from the grasp of foreign oil addiction, and pave a new course to true energy independence.

Is this just a … “ahem” pipe dream, or will an Obama Presidency bring about real change?  Let’s take a look at Obama’s record while Senator:

  • Obama was a co-sponsor of the Global Warming Pollution Reduction Act. This legislation would reduce greenhouse gas emissions in the U.S. by 80% in the year 2050.
  • Obama was also a cosponsor of the Climate Stewardship and Innovation Act, which was introduced by Senators Lieberman and McCain and would mandate 60% reductions in greenhouse gas emissions by 2050.
  • During his first year in office, Senator Obama successfully fought to get the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to publish rules for how contractors involved in renovation and remodeling of homes should deal with lead paint hazards.
  • Obama introduced the Lead-Free Toys Act to require the Consumer Product Safety Commission to ban any children’s product containing lead.

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    The President-Elect and First Lady

  • Obama introduced two bills: the Mercury Market Minimization Act and the Missing Mercury in Manufacturing Monitoring and Mitigation Act. These bills would significantly reduce the amount of mercury that is deposited in oceans, lakes, and rivers, which in turn would reduce the amount of mercury in fish.  Although only the first of these became law, they are indicative of Obama’s efforts in making sure the public does not get sick or die from consumption of too much mercury.

Obama has promised to continue his hard work on environmental policies as President of the United States.  In one of many videos, we can hear the words that signal the beginning of a new day in America:

Highlights of the future energy policy of the Obama-Biden administration are included on the Obama webpage:

  • Work to create five million new jobs by investing $150 billion over the next ten years to catalyze private efforts to build a clean energy future.
  • Within 10 years save more oil than we currently import from the Middle East and Venezuela combined.
  • Put 1 million Plug-In Hybrid cars – cars that can get up to 150 miles per gallon – on the road by 2015, cars that are built here in America.
  • Ensure 10 percent of our electricity comes from renewable sources by 2012, and 25 percent by 2025.
  • Implement an economy-wide cap-and-trade program to reduce greenhouse gas emissions 80 percent by 2050.

Obama consistently emphasized energy independence throughout his campaign, including at this stop in Springfield, Missouri:

A hearty congratulations to the 44th President of the United States from Peachy Green!  We are so excited for a new day in America, filled with hope and promise!

What do you think about Obama’s promises on renewable energy policies?  Will we see real change now that he has been elected President?  Please share your thoughts and reactions below!

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