Patt Morrison for July 6, 2010

The troubled environmental agenda of Barack Obama

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President Obama visits the Gulf Coast for the third time since the massive BP oil spill

Among the long list of promises and potential that Barack Obama carried with him into the White House, one of the greatest expectations of his supporters was that he would bring a radically different environmental agenda than his predecessor George W. Bush. Two years on and President Obama’s supporters have several reasons to be disappointed. While the continuous gushing of oil into the Gulf of Mexico is the most visual reminder of failed environmental regulation and oversight, the President’s inability to pass a comprehensive carbon emissions control bill in Congress is probably the biggest let down. The President’s chief environmental adviser is here to talk about the Administration’s bolstering of national parks, and how they plan to eventually fulfill the promise of being true environmentalists.


Nancy Sutley, chair of the White House Council on Environmental Quality & principal environmental policy adviser to President Obama

Carl Pope, Executive Director of the Sierra Club

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