Trip Van Noppen is the president of Earthjustice, founded as the
We congratulate president-elect Obama and applaud the choice of the American people to move in a different direction on the environment than that of the last eight years. We may be eight years behind, but better late than never to address the pressing problems of global warming, reliance on fossil fuels and threats to our air, water, natural places and native wildlife. We're heartened that we now have a chance to see some real stewardship of America's natural gifts once again from the highest office in the land.
We expect the new Obama administration to regulate the global warming gas, CO2, as called for by the US Supreme Court. Burning coal for power creates roughly half of all the global warming air pollution generated in America. Those power companies that would build highly polluting coal fired power plants in America, and their backers on Wall Street, may need to reconsider their plans.
The new administration will be wise to embrace the power of the American entrepreneurial spirit which has shown again and again that it can innovate like no other and bring fresh technology to the world. Let that innovation now bring forth the technologies that will help America and other nations all around the world generate cleaner energy and clean up their pollution.