President-elect Barack Obama said he would push for carbon-cap legislation immediately upon entering office, and he did just that on Tuesday with an address to a meeting of state governors in Los Angeles.
Despite business spokesmen and politicians cautioning against Cap and Trade policies during recession, Obama gave pride of placement to cap and trade, saying that his administration would start off with just such a system.
“[We] will start with a federal cap and trade system. We’ll establish strong annual targets that set us on a course to reduce emissions to their 1990 levels by 2020, and reduce them a further 80 percent by 2050,” Obama said, confirming previous promises.
So it appears that the president-elect plans to keep climate change at the forefront of policy decisions, despite all the other issues pressing for attention.
Obama also took the opportunity to name the members of his Energy Policy Transition Team. Below is a video of a meeting of the Energy & Environment Policy Transition Team and interview with team member Heather Zichal.