February 24, 2009

Obama Wants Climate Bill In Congress By 2010

The White House hinted on Monday that 2010 may be the right time for huge climate change legislations to travel through Congress as long as it met President Barack Obama's standards for fighting global warming.

When asked about the time that the president wanted to see action taken on a climate bill, White House spokesman Robert Gibbs did not pinpoint an exact date.

"If we had significant legislation that began to address climate change ... whether that's this year or next year I think both of us would agree that that's a big change that we would welcome," Gibbs said, referring President Obama.

He noted that the bill must let the United States invest in finding alternative sources of energy to guarantee that the country was not contributing to the greenhouse gasses present in the atmosphere.

Obama has spent his first month in the White House spotlighting the U.S.'s financial recession. He pushed proposals that aid the financial industry and fight home foreclosures while wanting more action to be taken on health care reform.

Although spending money on funding renewable energy is a large part of Obama's $787 billion stimulus bill, the administration has not commented on additional environmental goals that they have during the next four years.

Obama has endorsed forceful cuts in U.S. greenhouse gas emissions and agrees with the continued improvement of an emissions trading system, comparable one that the European Union has.

This would restrict the quantity of carbon dioxide that factories can release and would give them trade permits to release any more.

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