Monday, January 26, 2009

Where's Our Waiver????!

President Obama continues to ease gradually into his new job, this morning delivering a rehash of his campaign speech about the need to end our reliance on foreign oil and change the way we make cars. He came a little closer to actually doing something today in a move that is particularly relevant to California.

Obama signed an Executive Order instructing the EPA to look into granting California its emissions waiver. This kind of formalizes what we already knew a couple of weeks ago, but hardly qualifies as definitive action.

According to the Washington Post:

"In executive orders he signed today, Obama instructed the Environmental Protection Agency to reconsider whether to grant California a waiver to regulate automobile tailpipe emissions linked to global warming, and he ordered the Transportation Department to issue guidelines to ensure that the nation's auto fleet reaches an average fuel efficiency of 35 miles per gallon by 2020, if not earlier. "

He also did a little more back-pedaling on the ambitious energy agenda he touted during the campaign. The Post reported:

"He said he could not promise a "quick fix" for the nation's dependence on foreign oil, but he pledged to "commit ourselves to the steady, focused, pragmatic pursuit" of energy independence. "

The election was about talk, the Presidency is about action. We support you, Mr. President, but let's get to work!!!!!