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Obama Calls for Climate Action After Winning 2012 Presidential Election - Here's What's Next for the Environment

by , 11/08/12

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Alternative Energy

With debates over the safety of technologies like fracking and the validity of clean coal, many will keeping an eye on the Federal Government not only for regulations, but for investments into alternative sources energy. The White House website for energy policy states: “We can’t have an energy strategy for the last century that traps us in the past. We need an energy strategy for the future – an all-of-the-above strategy for the 21st century that develops every source of American-made energy.”

In 2009, the Obama Administration funded the Department of Energy’s Advanced Research Project Agency-Energy (ARPA-E) which invested in domestic renewables in order to wean the country from dependence on foreign oil. The White House also aims to establish a Clean Energy Standard (CES) that would double the amount of electricity from clean energy sources to 80% by 2035. Since 2009, the Department of the Interior has also approved 29 large-scale renewable energy projects, and it has asserted that they are committed to continue to issue permits on public land throughout the next term to establish 10,000 megawatts of power by the end of this year alone.

2012 election, climate change, barack obama, obama 2nd term, environment, election, president of the united states, obama, politics, environmental policy, potus, barack obama reelection, sustainable design, green design, us election, 2012 united states presidential election, obama second term, environmental policy, environmental protection, obama reelected, obama/biden 2012Traffic photo from Shutterstock

Transportation

Through-nuts-and-bolts programs that improve standards on cars and trucks, we’re looking forward to improved fuel economy and incentives for big automakers to go green.  The Obama Administration has already announced a 56.4 MPG fuel efficiency standard in association with 13 automakers for the year 2025. The mandate could save the country an impressive $1.7 trillion. Start-ups such as Tesla Motors have been making headlines with their all-electric vehicles, exciting entrepreneurs and attracting attention from federal funding. In 2009, the start-up received $465 million in government money, and has since been driving ahead of expectations with its line of sedans and charging stations. With that kind of investment from the top, it is exciting to think of what kind of progress could be made with an increased focus on subsidizing green technology over polluting industry.

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3 Comments

  1. bthinker bthinker November 11, 2012 at 2:36 pm

    We need to refine the manufacutring techniques of IBM’s CZTS solar cells or mass manufacture V3 solar’s Lensed Cone panels. ASAP. We can redefine our foreign energy reliance and boom our economy.

  2. hsvt November 9, 2012 at 7:58 am

    \”Solar uses food land : Not a viable option \” This is a quite nonsensical reaction.
    There is also in the States enough land where agriculture is not possible, and what to think about the roofs……?

  3. dennisearlbaker November 8, 2012 at 4:29 pm

    In my opinion

    We need to replace the fossil fuel power plants, the primary source of GHG. Now!

    At a scale required to accomplish this task :

    Ethanol starves people : not a viable option.

    Fracking releases methane : not a viable option.

    Cellulose Bio Fuel Uses Food Land : not a viable option

    Solar uses food land : Not a viable option

    Wind is Intermittent : Not a viable option

    All Human and Agricultural Organic Waste can be converted to hydrogen, through exposure intense radiation!

    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/social/DennisearlBaker/2012-a-breakthrough-for-r_b_1263543_135881292.html

    The Radioactive Materials exist now, and the Organic waste is renewable daily.

    Ending the practice of dumping sewage into our water sources.

    Air, Water, Food and Energy issues, receive significant positive impacts .

    Reducing illness / health care costs as well !

    Dennis Baker
    * Creston Avenue
    Penticton BC V2A1P9
    cell phone 250-462-3796
    Phone / Fax 778-476-2633

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