President Barack Obama on Monday signed two presidential memoranda taking on environmental issues either ignored or abused by the Bush administration:
- A first memorandum directing Lisa Jackson and the EPA to reconsider the denial of a waiver allowing California and 17 other states to regulate greenhouse gas emissions from cars and trucks. Granting the waiver is consistent with initial EPA staff recommendations.
- A second memorandum calling for Department of Transportation chief Ray Lahood to begin formulating regulations to comply with a law passed in 2007 mandating a 40% improvement in the fuel efficiency of cars and light trucks by 2040.
For more information on Obama's memorandum signing, read my post on TriplePundit.