What Change Looks Like

“The days of Washington dragging its heels are over”
– President Obama, Jan. 26, 2009

David Yarnold, EDF’s executive director, just sent this message out to our supporters, reflecting on President Obama’s actions this morning:

I just witnessed history in the making.

This morning, President Barack Obama signed two executive orders that could be remembered as the critical turning point toward achieving real energy independence and stopping global warming.

President Obama directed the EPA to review the Bush administration’s denial of a waiver request by California to cut global warming pollution from automobiles. The president also ordered the Transportation Department to enact short-term rules on how automakers can improve the fuel efficiency of their new models.

Politically, what President Obama said was at least as important as what he signed.

The President’s powerful statement affirming his commitment to moving aggressively to cut global warming emissions and unleash America’s clean energy future laid out clear goals for action in the coming weeks and months.

The President’s plan—including the next step of a cap on carbon pollution—means more new jobs, a rebirth for the American auto industry, and less global warming pollution.

If today’s announcement is the start of a comprehensive policy like that, I’d say that’s pretty darn good for the first week in office.

I was deeply honored to be among those who attended the White House ceremony and witness history in the making. And, I couldn’t help but think that this is what change looks like.

For more on today’s news, here’s a good article from the Washington Post.

We’ll keep you posted as we continue our efforts to support President Obama’s goal of capping and reducing America’s global warming pollution.

Steve Cochran is the director of Environmental Defense Fund’s national climate campaign.

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  1. mac47
    Posted January 26, 2009 at 5:43 pm | Permalink

    This is fabulous! A very very good sign! You go, Pres. Obama!

  2. richtsai
    Posted January 27, 2009 at 4:14 am | Permalink

    Thanks President Obama for his strongly support of anti- global warming. I like him. God bless Obama.

  3. Posted January 27, 2009 at 7:08 am | Permalink

    pls excuse my English.

    I think there will be no great solution of the climate disastre until big finance is forced into involvement. I am working on a formula, where a countrys currency are tightly bound to the countries climate and environment destruction, throught a formula, as for example parameters like CO2, WWC etc gives a worldcurrency value
    Posted by
    Bo Fridolph
    Halmstad, Sweden