The Road to Energy Independency has Finally Started

It’s nice to see we finally have a President who’s finally taking action to insure America’s going to become energy independent in the years to come.  As mentioned in his televised speech this morning he noted how Presidents since Richard Nixon have talked about our country’s need for independency, but little as been achieved in obtaining this needed independency.

Also, mentioned by President Obama, which I agree with is, he is giving states like California more control over Emissions Control on automobiles sold within the state (it’s my understanding there are twelve states in all requesting this amended EPA action).  The primary reason I concur with the President on this, is not necessarily that states can do a better job of policing the car industry, but more from the simple fact I would like to see the states have more control over there own destinies in state government.

After the President’s remarks I noted the “nay sayers” and critics came out with cuts and jabs asking the question: “how dose the President expect the ailing American car industry to adhere to these new emission standards with there finical burdens of just keeping there doors open for business?”

If I remember correctly, for years these were the three American auto makers who avoided every step possible in designing cars to be energy efficient and now they are requesting from our tax payer dollars nearly 35 billion dollars to bail them out and keep the doors open.  Hey, lets give them the money, buts lets get something in return too!

Here are some excerpts from the President’s presentation, which I found notable:

Jobs, Energy Independence, and Climate Change

President Obama
January 26, 2009

At a time of such great challenge for America, no single issue is as fundamental to our future as energy.  America’s dependence on oil is one of the most serious threats that our nation has faced.  It bankrolls dictators, pays for nuclear proliferation, and funds both sides of our struggle against terrorism.  It puts the American people at the mercy of shifting gas prices, stifles innovation and sets back our ability to compete.

These urgent dangers to our national and economic security are compounded by the long-term threat of climate change, which if left unchecked could result in violent conflict, terrible storms, shrinking coastlines and irreversible catastrophe.  These are the facts and they are well known to the American people — after all, there is nothing new about these warnings.  Presidents have been sounding the alarm about energy dependence for decades.  President Nixon promised to make our energy — our nation energy independent by the end of the 1970s.  When he spoke, we imported about a third of our oil; we now import more than half.

Year after year, decade after decade, we’ve chosen delay over decisive action.  Rigid ideology has overruled sound science.  Special interests have overshadowed common sense.  Rhetoric has not led to the hard work needed to achieve results.  Our leaders raise their voices each time there’s a spike in gas prices, only to grow quiet when the price falls at the pump.

Now America has arrived at a crossroads.  Embedded in American soil and the wind and the sun, we have the resources to change.  Our scientists, businesses and workers have the capacity to move us forward.  It falls on us to choose whether to risk the peril that comes with our current course or to seize the promise of energy independence.  For the sake of our security, our economy and our planet, we must have the courage and commitment to change.

It will be the policy of my administration to reverse our dependence on foreign oil, while building a new energy economy that will create millions of jobs.  We hold no illusion about the task that lies ahead.  I cannot promise a quick fix; no single technology or set of regulations will get the job done.  But we will commit ourselves to steady, focused, pragmatic pursuit of an America that is free from our energy dependence and empowered by a new energy economy that puts millions of our citizens to work.

We will start by implementing new standards for model year 2011 so that we use less oil and families have access to cleaner, more efficient cars and trucks.  This rule will be a down payment on a broader and sustained effort to reduce our dependence on foreign oil.  Congress has passed legislation to increase standards to at least 35 miles per gallon by 2020.  That 40 percent increase in fuel efficiency for our cars and trucks could save over 2 million barrels of oil every day — nearly the entire amount of oil that we import from the Persian Gulf.

The days of Washington dragging its heels are over.  My administration will not deny facts, we will be guided by them.  We cannot afford to pass the buck or push the burden onto the states.  And that’s why I’m directing the Environmental Protection Agency to immediately review the denial of the California waiver request and determine the best way forward.  This will help us create incentives to develop new energy that will make us less dependent on oil that endangers our security, our economy, and our planet.

As we move forward, we will fully take into account the unique challenges facing the American auto industry and the taxpayer dollars that now support it.  And let me be clear:  Our goal is not to further burden an already struggling industry.  It is to help America’s automakers prepare for the future.  This commitment must extend beyond the short-term assistance for businesses and workers.  We must help them thrive by building the cars of tomorrow, and galvanizing a dynamic and viable industry for decades to come.

It’s time for America to lead, because this moment of peril must be turned into one of progress.  If we take action, we can create new industries and revive old ones; we can open new factories and power new farms; we can lower costs and revive our economy.  We can do that, and we must do that.  There’s much work to be done.  There is much further for us to go.


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