01/27/2009 - President Obama began the step-by-step dismantling of President Bush's climate change policies Monday by endorsing California's aggressive vehicle emissions standards and by naming a high-profile envoy to lead U.S. efforts to re-engage in international climate talks.
Obama has spent his first six days in office rolling back Bush's policies on issues such as abortion and Guantanamo Bay. On Monday, he signaled he will use his executive powers to force automakers to raise fuel efficiency and abide by California's landmark law limiting greenhouse gases from cars and trucks.
"It doesn't make sense for automakers to make one kind of car for Wyoming and one kind of car for California," said Phyllis Cuttino, who directs the Pew Environment Group's Global Warming Campaign.
Read the complete article Obama: U.S. Done 'Dragging Heels' on Climate on the San Francisco Chronicle's Web site.