I'm delighted to discover that President Obama has taken the first steps toward encouraging Americans to choose more fuel efficient cars in an effort to help combat global warming, according to the Times Online.
Obama said 'Year after year, decade after decade, we've chosen delay over decisive action, rigid ideology has overruled sound science, special interests have overshadowed common sense. For the sake of our security, our economy and our planet, we must have the courage and commitment to change.' He has ordered the US Transportation Department to enforce a 2007 law requiring car makers to increase the fuel efficiency of all cars by 2011. He has also ordered an urgent review of a policy blocking California and 13 other states from implementing even stricter emissions standards.He sees the challenges that face us all and is taking steps to tackle them. As we are all aware, the recession has hit businesses hard across the world, especially in the manufacturing and construction sectors. People are losing their jobs everyday but it doesn't mean that global warming is slowing down. If Obama does bring in these important changes he'll hopefully be able to show that renewable energy is better for everyone. Personally, I hope that fuel efficient cars will be available on the market soon and look forward to the new hydrogen powered car from Honda
which is due for testing this summer.Reducing C02 emissions is a political hot potato so it's interesting to see how Obama's new targets reflect against EU targets and those that President Bush had instituted before losing power:CO2 targetsObama
By 2020 to reduce greenhouse gas emissions to 1990 levels; by 2050, to reduce emissions by 80 per centEU
By 2020 to reduce emissions to 20 per cent below 1990 levelsBush
By 2025 to stabilise greenhouse gas emissionsUS greenhouse gas emissions
In 1990 were 6,148 million tonnes of CO2 equivalents; by 2006 were 7,054 million tonnes of CO2 equivalentsLets hope that President Obama can make the changes he promises and that it will encourage the use of more fuel efficient cars across America and the world.