01/18/2010 - And yet — if our sampling offers any kind of hint — there’s still a great degree of optimism among D.C.‘s environmental leaders about the new administration.
I created my own mix from some of Peters’ sources and a few new ones. Their take on Obama’s first year in office? Lots of progress. But not enough progress. Below are their responses, in their own words:
Phyllis Cuttino, director, director of U.S. Global Warming Campaign, Pew Environment Group:
There was a great deal of optimism when President Obama was sworn in a year ago, and he started out strong. In his first 100 days, President Obama seized opportunities to regulate, invest and stimulate in order to reduce our dependence on foreign oil and seize market share in the global clean energy economy. The president seems to really understand that we can renew our manufacturing base, create new high paying jobs for Americans and protect our climate.
The biggest challenge is still ahead: Can he sign a strong climate policy into law in 2010? If we don't pass legislation that puts a price on carbon, we will continue to cede leadership in the global clean energy market to nations like China, Brazil and Germany. The question is, how much political capital will President Obama spend and how involved will he be in getting that strong climate policy?
Read the full article Media Mayhem: On His One Year Anniversary, Obama's Green Report Card on the Mother Nature Network's Web site.
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