For the time being it’s hard to determine what Obama’s environmental policy is, as he’s devoted most of his efforts towards his healthcare bill. That said, if he’s in line with the traditional liberal line of thought when it comes to the environment he’ll be a conservationist.
I think that’s a baited question. On both fronts Obama is striving to enact legislation that expands protections for U.S. citizens. On the health care front, he has outlined what he wants to Congress, which is wrestling with it on a seemingly endless basis. But you have to keep in mind, that though the Democrats (in theory) have a super-majority in the Senate, they are still missing a replacement for deceased Sen. Ted Kennedy and thus cannot now stop a Republican filibuster. In terms of environmental policy and encouraging green business, I think Obama made good strides when he signed the recovery act in Feb. 2009, which supported green jobs in the construction industries and more as well as made some strides in green energy. Furthermore his emission reduction targets of 17% below 2005 levels in 2020 and 83% by 2050 are pretty good. But we likely won’t see legislation that reflects that until after health care legislation is enacted. And his recent talks with the Indian Prime Minister and decision to go to the Copenhagen talks show more support than Bush, so I think his polices are going in the right direction.
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