According to Reuters, President Obama made a statement just over a week ago declaring that the U.S. has made "enormous progress" on climate change.
With a climate change bill going through congress right now, tied in with the Cash for Clunkers program and numerous other programs, the president has declared that we have made great strides in the impact on the environment. He also noted that there is still a long way to go.
He may be a touch optimistic, as the enormous progress won't really come until the new CAFE standards kick in many years from now, and until several other programs get underway, but he sees the light at the end of the tunnel and he hopes to turn around our destruction of the environment.
The comments from Obama came just after he met with German Chancellor Angela Merkel, who commended the U.S. president for his commitment to ridding the country of greenhouse gases.
Enormous progress is strong words, but they may be unsubstantiated at this time as little real progress is evident. Obama could be referring to the progress that will be made a decade from now when auto manufacturers must meet stringent new standards, but that years away.
We are hopeful that progress will be noticeable over the coming years, but don't let the president fool you into believing that the progress we have made since he took office is enormous. If others believe this, they may not push forward towards more stringent environmental goals. Instead believing the goals have already been achieved.
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