Many environmentally minded Americans welcomed Obama to the office of the President a year ago with high hopes that he would be able to at least start righting the environmental wrongs that had occured during the previous administration.
No matter how critical you want to be of the things that were or were not accomplished by the Obama administration, you have to admit that they took over quite a mess. With a war overseas that was quickly disintegrating into chaos and an economy that was at its lowest point in decades demanded Obama’s immediate attention, while an impending climate crisis threatened to change the very face of the planet that we all depend on for survival, the only guarantee was that no matter which he tackled first, someone was going to be put out.
Needless to say, it’s been a busy year.
Part of our responsibility as Americans (and planetary citizens) is to hold our political representatives accountable, which means that we must look back to see whether or not actions over the past year have matched the promises that were made before the election.
Here are some of the highlights from this past year under the first year of the Obama White House. Ask yourself whether you’re happy with the progress, and if the answer is no, ask yourself what you’re going to do about it. And then take action!
The Good: Renewable Energy, Green Jobs, and Regulation
The Bad: Endangered Species, Mountain Top Removal Mining
The Dissapointing: Copenhagen, Superfund Sites, Ethanol
Can you think of a Good, Bad or Disappointing environmental move that Obama made in the past year, but isn’t on this list? Please share it in a comment!
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