Obama Admin. Revs Up Support For Climate Legislation
In a TreeHugger.com report on Wednesday, Brian Merchant tackles what he considers the Obama administration’s long overdue push for clean energy reform. While environmentalists accused President Obama of standing on the sidelines during the climate bill’s first round through the House, this time he’s taking a more proactive role. Recently key administration officials have spoken out in favor of legislation, Obama and Vice President Biden toured the sites of clean energy projects, and an energy forum was held Wednesday in which cabinet members talked about strategies for reform.
The debate over the climate bill has been raging for a while now, with everyone from businessess to politicians weighing in.
According to New York Times reporter Andrew Revkin, who live-blogged the event, the White House energy forum was an in-depth look at promoting clean energy to the public and securing funding for new technologies. While citing an example of a Montana farmer who saw more profits from wind-turbine leases than agriculture, Cathy Zoi, assistant secretary for energy efficiency and renewable energy, said it’s necessary to look for more ways to convince people that the turn to clean energy could amount to another industrial revolution for the US.
These are the words of an administration that is starting to lead the charge towards green energy.