Today President Obama endorsed efforts to allow states adopt rules for stricter emission standards. In a USA Today story, Obama pushing stronger fuel-efficiency standard, they detail many of the reasons behind this initiative.
This may seem like bad news for the automakers, but they know these changes are necessary. We need to focus on lessening our dependence on foreign oil for our own national security. In a Wall Street Journal story, they make some excellent points:
President Obama again linked his energy agenda to the economy, the environment, and national security. Spending hundreds of billions of dollars on foreign oil helps finance terrorism, subjects Americans to volatile gasoline prices, and courts the “irreversible catastrophe” of climate change. “These are the facts,” he said.
This won’t happen over night, but it is a very good first step. We need to aggressively curb our greenhouse gas emissions and slow global warming. California has been ahead of the curve on this issue and it is about time the rest of the country caught up.
Higher gas mileage and lower emissions, sounds pretty obvious, doesn’t it?