January 28, 2009

Obama makes moves on environment, agriculture during first week

Center for a Livable Future

Center for a Livable Future

Funny how much difference a week can make.  Just a few days into his term, President Obama gave America a new reason to look at the world through green-tinted shades by announcing his plan for tackling climate change, the New Energy for America plan.   The plan focuses on increasing the country’s energy independence by investing in renewable energies and plug-in hybrid cars and creating new jobs for a greener future.  

In his remarks, he said: “America will not be held hostage to dwindling resources, hostile regimes, and a warming planet.  We will not be put off from action because action is hard.  Now is the time to make the tough choices.  Now is the time to meet the challenge at this crossroad of history by choosing a future that is safer for our country, prosperous for our planet, and sustainable.”

Agriculture is also coming into the spotlight as part of the $825 billion stimulus package currently being considered in Congress (and supported by Obama).  The package would include $27 billion for agriculture programs.  Most of that aid ($21 billion) would go to nutrition assistance programs, namely the food stamp program.  Rural development programs, conservation and watershed programs and updating USDA’s facilities and computers would comprise the remainder of the assistance.

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-Patti Truant

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