Monday, January 26, 2009

Reality comes to Washington

"Year after year, decade after decade, we've chosen delay over decisive action. Rigid ideology has overruled sound science. Special interests have overshadowed common sense. Rhetoric has not led to the hard work needed to achieve results and our leaders raise their voices each time there's a spike on gas prices, only to grow quiet when the price falls at the pump."

- US President Obama, in a speech announcing new fuel efficiency standards

2 comments:

Ellen Gabel said...

Let's just hope that Levin and some of the others in Congress don't slow down this momentum.

Simon D said...

One big question is whether there is any more sympathy for the auto companies, which are not pleased with Obama's decision. Will the politicians - and the public - see the lack of preparation to meet the standards as the fault of the companies, who fought CAFE standards all those years, and have little sympathy? Or will they bend because the auto companies are important parts of the economy in some regions?