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14 November 2008

A new story on climate change? - preview

Laurie Michaelis reviews Barack Obama’s promises for the environment

Barack Obama’s election promises on climate change look good, but are they enough?

When Al Gore signed the Kyoto Protocol, it was obvious that the American Senate with its Republican majority would never ratify it
  • George Bush’s withdrawal from the treaty simply recognised political fact
  • But the current economic crisis, along with Democrat control of the White House, Senate and House of Representatives, may offer a window of opportunity for change

  • Barack Obama’s climate policies certainly are a breath of fresh air, but do they go far enough? And what happens after the next election? His campaign commitments include a cap-and-trade system to reduce greenhouse emissions by eighty per cent in 2050, expanding renewables to supply a quarter of electricity by 2025, a four per cent annual improvement in vehicle fuel economy standards and twenty-five per cent improvement in the efficiency of existing buildings in the next decade
  • He promises a huge programme to retrain workers and retool the manufacturing base to provide and install new, green technology

  • Laurie Michaelis

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