Today, President Obama is uniting federal and state governments, the auto industry, labor unions and the environmental community behind a program that will provide for the biggest leap in history to make automobiles more fuel efficient.
In announcing a new, more stringent approach to improve fuel economy and reduce greenhouse gas, the President remarked:
"Ending this dependence [on fossil fuels] will take time. It will take an incredible effort. It will take a historic investment in innovation. But, more than anything, it will take the willingness to look past our differences, to act in good faith, to refuse to continue the failures of the past, and to take on this challenge together for the benefit, not just of this generation, but of generations to come."
If you consider the coalition the President gathered to witness today's announcement, it seems clear he has secured the "willingness" he spoke of from disparate stakeholders.
The new regulations consolidate the varying policies of several different states as well as three different federal agencies--Dept. of Energy, Dept. of Transportation, and Environmental Protection Agency. This results in a clear and uniform national policy, ending the uncertainty and inconsistency automakers have previously faced.
The bottom line is clear: this program lessens our dependence on oil and is good for America and the planet. It will strengthen the country as a whole and serve as a meaningful down payment on our commitment to combat global warming.