Obama: Oil dependence, climate change endanger security

Obama told agency to reconsider California's request to regulate greenhouse gas emissions from cars, reversing climate policies of former President Bush.

Obama: Oil dependence, climate change endanger security

President Barack Obama said on Monday that U.S. foreign oil dependence and climate change posed urgent threats to America's national security.

Obama said at the White House it would be his administration's objective to reverse U.S. dependence on foreign sources of oil. "I cannot promise a quick fix," he said during a ceremony at the White House to announce new energy and climate change initiatives.

Obama told the Environmental Protection Agency on Monday to reconsider California's request to regulate greenhouse gas emissions from cars, reversing the climate policies of former President George W. Bush.

California's request, which was denied by the Bush administration, would allow it to impose stricter limits on vehicle carbon dioxide emissions, blamed for contributing to the global warming.

If approved, more than 12 states could follow suit in imposing limits that are tougher than federal requirements.

The president also directed the Department of Transportation to move forward with setting vehicle fuel efficiency standards for 2011 by March, giving automakers an 18 month period to impose them.

He also instructed the U.S. government in general to become more energy efficient.

"The days of Washington dragging its heels are over. My administration will not deny facts. We will be guided by them," he said.


Reuters
Last Mod: 26 Ocak 2009, 18:07
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