Obama to unveil plan for carbon reduction
by mihan, Fri Apr 20, 2007 at 04:03:12 AM EDT
In a sign of things to come, Barack Obama is in the beginnings of his policy rollout. This article from the AP previews a plan Obama plans to unveil in Durham, NH today.
Here are the basics of Obama's proposal:
The Illinois senator planned to offer his energy proposal Friday at the University of New Hampshire. The approach echoes California's.
California's Republican governor, Arnold Schwarzenegger, issued an executive order this year saying that all fuels in the state contain lower carbon content. The goal is to reduce carbon intensity of California's passenger vehicle fuels by 10 percent by 2020.
The Obama campaign said its effort would take that plan nationally. Specifically, Obama wants to cut greenhouse gas emissions from cars by 5 percent in 2015 and 10 percent in 2020.
Obama's plan counts on new limits to force increased production of renewable biofuels, such as corn and cellulosic ethanol, which naturally have lower emissions. The plan would create incentives for increased research, investment in cleaner fuels and flexible-fuel vehicles that can run on ethanol.
While a ten percent reduction in greenhouse gas emissions does not sound like a staggering amount, if you combine this effort with his bill before the Senate to increase fuel efficiency standards, you get this:
Obama also has proposed a bill in the Senate that would raise fuel efficiency standards. If that were enacted and combined with his carbon program, it would cut about 583 million tons of greenhouse gases in 2020, the equivalent of taking about 96 million cars off the road.
Sounds like the beginnings of a pretty solid and easily achievable energy policy to me.