E&E News (subs. req’d) reported last night:
President-elect Barack Obama plans to move quickly to implement his campaign promises on energy and global warming after taking office in January, Obama’s transition co-chairman, John Podesta, said today.
Speaking to reporters from Obama’s transition office in Washington, Podesta did not directly address a question about whether the economic downturn would influence the incoming administration’s decision on whether to regulate greenhouse gases through the Clean Air Act. Instead, Podesta, former chief of staff to President Clinton, offered a broad outline of where Obama would go with global warming and energy issues:
“I anticipate him moving very aggressively and very rapidly on the whole question of transforming the American platform in the United States from one that’s based on high-carbon energy to one that’s based on low-carbon energy,” Podesta said. “To move toward clean energy. And to make the right kinds of investments, which I think that will again serve the three goals of dealing with the security challenge of our oil dependency, of our environmental challenge that we face from global warming in particular, as your question implied, and the economic challenge of creating new investment, new innovation, putting people back to work and getting the economy moving again.”
Podesta also avoided providing a direct answer when asked if Obama planned to grant California’s request for a U.S. EPA waiver that would allow it and more than a dozen other states to enforce state laws limiting greenhouse gas emissions from automobiles.
“As you know, the president-elect during the campaign suggested he wants to rely on science,” Podesta said. “And I think that’s a matter that’s under review by the transition. And we’ll move forward consistent with what he said during the campaign.”
Last week it was reported that Obama would quickly move to sign a waiver, and I believe he will (see “Obama win paves the way for big changes in energy, environment debate“).