Western Governors Ask Obama To ‘Act Quickly On Energy’
The bipartisan Western Governors’ Association delivered a four-page letter to President-elect Barack Obama outlining what steps it believes his administration should take in his first 100 days in office to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
“We must not repeat the mistakes of the past,” says the letter signed by association chairman, Republican Gov. Jon Huntsman of Utah, and vice chairman, Democratic Gov. Dem Brian Schweitzer of Montana. “The future of our nation depends on it.”
The WGA is encouraging Obama to bring more fuel-efficient and near-zero emission vehicles on to the market, improve mass transportation, and to better develop wind, solar and other renewable energies.
But not everyone is enamored with the proposals.
Among the other proposals of the WGA was to create technology to have nearly no greenhouse gas emissions from new coal-fired electric plants in 10 years and from existing generation by 2030.
At first glance, the Utah Mining Association said, it is supportive of WGA’s efforts to focus on a national energy plan that reduces greenhouse gases.
“But as you know, the devil is in the details in how you get there,” said association president David Litvin, according to the AP. “In this country right now we have a big push for renewables and many people think we can just move off our traditional sources of energy supply, but over 50 percent of our electricity comes from coal. Renewables only count for 2 percent of electricity produced. You can’t move from 2 percent to 50 percent overnight.”
Obama has already made various pledges and set targets for reducing emissions which would lead one to believe that he’ll be receptive of the broad proposal.