How Obama Will Tackle the Environment

Speculation and advice for the president-elect's first environmental moves.


Yesterday, enviros were congratulating Obama on his victory. Now, they're looking ahead. Here's some post-election chatter:

—Grist wonders who will fill Obama's environmental cabinet positions. Some names being tossed about include Ed Rendell, Tom Vilsack, Bill Richardson, and Al Gore.

—Dean of the Nicholas School of the Environment at Duke University, Bill Chameides offers an open letter to Obama about the four most important environmental issues he'll face. They include: Stimulating low-carbon energies, retooling energy infrastructure, moving forward with global warming plans, and becoming an international leader on climate.
—The New York Times' Dot Earth is seeking the 10 best climate proposals, as determined by reader rankings. They will be sent to Obama's transition team. Send 'em in.
—Obama will send his own energy representatives to the UN's climate change talks in Poznam, Poland, in three weeks.
—Ian Bowles, secretary of energy and environmental affairs in Massachusetts, offers five environmental ideas for Obama. Number 4: "Re-establish the 'Roadless Area Conservation Rule' in order to preserve the last remaining wildlands in our national forest system. This rule, adopted by the U.S. Forest Service in 2001 but undermined throughout the Bush administration, protects 58.5 million acres of unspoiled land in 39 states and preserves them for public access and recreation, including hiking, fishing, hunting, camping and mountain biking."
—Bradford Plumer of the New Republic does not want Obama to pick Robert F. Kennedy Jr. as head of the Environmental Protection Agency.
—As far as energy issues are concerned, there may be a filibuster-proof majority in the Senate, which clean-energy analysts New Energy Finance have deemed a "rotating Clean Energy 60," says the Wall Street Journal.
—And if you were wondering, here's how you can recycle your leftover political signs.
—Finally, Obama's decision to adopt a puppy from a shelter is seen as a good first green step.