The green measures enacted by Barack Obama in his first 100 days as US president

Barack Obama promised on his very first day in the White House to help move America towards a new green future. Now, 100 days on, environmentalists in general have been impressed by the speed and sheer sweep of Obama’s efforts to leave behind the George Bush era of climate change denial, and try to set in place the foundations of a low carbon future.

So how has he performed? Obama, of course, has not had time to put in place the long-term measures needed to wean America off oil and coal. His administration has also had to scale back some of its ambitions because of opposition from Congress, charged with passing cap and trade legislation, and an American public that ā€“ unlike Obama ā€“ has yet to see global warming as a priority threat.

The Senate has yet to take up climate change legislation, which sharply reduces the chances of introducing a market-based cap and trade system by the end of this year. The administration has also frustrated some environmentalists.

But most agree that Obama has moved faster, and acted across a wider, than any other president to lay the foundations of a new low-carbon economy.

via Suzanne Goldenberg looks back over the green measures enacted by Barack Obama in his first 100 days as US president | World news | guardian.co.uk.

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