Clearly pandering to the green lobby, President Barack Obama proposed on May 19 “the highest auto fuel efficiency standards ever attempted in the United States,” according to an Environment News Service story posted online that same day. “A senior administration official told reporters Monday night that Obama's national program for higher Corporate Average Fuel Economy, CAFE, standards is scheduled to start in model year 2012. If the proposal is enacted, by 2016 the fleet average requirement would be 35.5 miles per gallon, said the official, who declined to be named. Currently the CAFE standard is 27.5 mpg for cars and 24 mpg for light trucks.”
As part of President Barack Obama’s stimulus package, “the Energy Department has begun releasing more than $6 billion in stimulus money to clean up 18 nuclear sites from New York to California, more than doubling the typical yearly funding for the program,” a May 18 Washington Post story recounts. The sites were involved in Cold War-era nuclear weapons production, and the cleanup will deal with radioactive and chemically hazardous waste. But it is another type of waste that is causing a concerned reaction and prompting “sharply worded warnings from some government officials and lawmakers who say the stimulus funding is ripe for abuse.”
Millions of Americans and others observed the 39th annual Earth Day on April 22 and President Barack Obama was no exception. The president traveled to Iowa to visit a the Trinity Structural Towers factory in the town of Newton, a suburb of Des Moines. The plant manufacturers towers that support wind turbines, a means of energy generation highly favored among environmentalists.
An outspoken advocate of adult stem-cell research and development is moving ahead with plans to raise $25 million for a not-for-profit adult stem-cell bank. Unlike embryonic stem cells, the use of adult stem cells to fight diseases does not entail the destruction of human life.