Obama’s Environmental Successes

Posted by Trish Riley, January 19, 2010

Amidst the crying and whining that our New Hope president hasn’t produced much in the way of Change, the facts reveal that much progress has been made on the environmental front.

Carl Pope: Sierra Club:

The first anniversary of the Obama administration is only a week away. Perhaps the greatest untold story of the past year is the reversal of George Bush’s eight years of environmental counterrevolution. When Bush and Cheney stopped a century-long tradition of environmental progress, the media was flabbergasted by the unrelenting intensity of the assault. But the Obama reversal has been largely unheralded (in fact, virtually unnoticed), even though it has arguably been even more intense.

…the lack of media coverage doesn’t change the reality: In just one year, President Obama has reversed most of a Bush environmental counterrevolution that lasted for eight. That means that the President now has the rest of his term to move us forward. So, yes, he deserves thanks, but we also need to recognize that the harder work — both for him and for us — lies ahead.

via Taking the Initiative: Carl Pope’s Blog – Sierra Club.

But what’s surprising is how little evidence there is that either the economic crisis or the struggles with the Senate have truly been allowed to impair effective executive leadership. Obama shows every sign of meaning it when he said that he was going to restore a government in which agencies followed the law and were truthful about the science. Even conservative columnist David Brooks conceded this in his column yesterday:

“He has created a thoughtful, pragmatic administration marked by a culture of honest and vigorous debate. When Obama makes a decision, you can be sure that he has heard and accounted for every opposing argument. If he senses an important viewpoint is not represented at a meeting, he will stop the proceedings and demand that it gets included. If the evidence leads him in directions he finds uncomfortable, he will still follow the evidence. He is beholden to no ideological camp, and there is no group in his political base that he has not angered at some point in his first year.”


This week marks the one-year anniversary of President Barack Obama’s inauguration. The economy, war and health care are dominating discussions about what he has or hasn’t accomplished.

Yet with little notice from the public, Obama has been steadily rewriting a major area of American policy — the environment — from global warming to gas mileage rules, logging to endangered species.


Read more about the administration’s progress at: http://www.whitehouse.gov/blog/2010/01/11/a-year-laying-foundation-clean-energy-economy

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