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Addressee Profile: Barack Obama

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Barack Obama is the President of the Unites States of America. He made our list by heading up the second largest greenhouse gas emitting country on Earth.

 

Positive Moves

  • In his first year in office, Obama established higher fuel efficiency standards for cars and tightened emissions standards for new (and modified existing) power plants. [one two]
  • Following the catastrophic BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, Obama extended a moratorium on issuing offshore drilling permits. [source]
  • He supported the $80 million in clean energy investments and infrastructure included as part of the 2009 stimulus bill. [source]
  • CO2 emissions have fallen nearly 12 percent below the 2005 level since 2008. [one two]

Why that’s not enough

  • When the House of Representatives passed cap-and-trade legislation in 2010, Obama abandoned it as unlikely to pass in the Senate. [source]
  • Obama is a major proponent of shale gas extraction in the United States. [source]
  • Obama supports pursuing coal, emphasizing investment in (as yet theoretical) carbon capture and sequestration technology. [source]
  • In 2012, Obama’s administration announced new lease sales for oil companies to drill in the Chukchi and Beaufort Seas just north of Alaska, to be issued in 2016. [source]

 

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