Monday, 10 November 2008

Obama's Green Policy

So now the excitement's over what does an Obama presidency mean for Green policy in the US? Well there's a lot on policy on his web site and much of the emphasis is on US energy security, the main points are:

- Provide short term relief to American families facing pain at the pump
- Help create five million new jobs by strategically investing $150bn over the next ten years to catalyse private efforts to build a clean energy future.
- Within 10 years, save more oil than is currently imported from the Middle East and Venezuela
combined
- Put one million (American-built) plug-in hybrid cars – cars that can get up to 150 miles per gallon – on the road by 2015
- Ensure 10% of electricity comes from renewable sources by 2012, and 25% by 2025
- Implement an economy-wide cap-and-trade program to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 80% by 2050

This was a policy statement during the campaign so clearly it had to appeal to domestic audiences (hence the order in which the points are made), but let's hope that there's not too much emphasis on energy security and protectionism around the source of hybrid cars and more around reducing energy use and using Green sources. The 80% reduction in emissions by 2050 is commendable (and matches the UK national legislation that has already been passed).

Roll on January.

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