Since the beginning of his first term in 2008, President Obama and his administration have proposed an energy policy to transform America‘s energy usage and dependence.
The Obama administration’s energy policy aims to improve America’s clean energy economy, end climate change referred to as global warming, and ensure a bright clean energy efficient economy in the future.
In April of 2010, the Obama administration released the tasks that they plan to do or are currently doing to create a clean energy economy. If all goes according to plan, America will be independent on clean energy within 15 years. In total, the Obama administration’s energy policy calls for nearly $90 billion in investments.
Of these investments are a Smart Grid Investment Grant, greater efficiency standards for appliances, more strict fuel efficiency standards, and a new EPA ruling regarding greenhouse gas emissions by benefactors in the United States.
Because of America’s $90 billion investments, America has passed both Germany and China in clean energy investments. Theoretically, the Obama administration’s energy policy calls for $90 billion in investments for what is roughly a 20 year period.
In terms of fuel efficiency, the Obama administration plans to double the current fuel efficiency of vehicles. However, said fuel efficiency does not plan to be doubled until 2025. In addition, the Obama administration hopes to increase the amount of hybrid vehicles on the road.
Shelby Edelson, a licensed driver of Pennsylvania, has mixed feelings about the Obama administration’s energy policy.
“I feel like better fuel efficiency in cars is a great idea. Still, 2025 feels like it’s forever away,” Edelson said. “Not to mention, those (hybrid) cars are much more money than the one I have. I don’t know if I’ll be able afford to one,” Edelson said.
Also, the Obama administration is pushing for greater regulations in the domestic energy resources being used. According to the Energy and Commerce Committee, hundreds of middle class jobs are being cut due to increased coal regulations.
The Obama administration’s energy policy also includes increasing the use of domestic natural gas, which is a means of hydro-fracking. Hydro-fracking, America’s most efficient means of extracting natural gas is raising nationwide concern.
Shannon Serafin, a scientifically interested student at Ursinus College, is not a fan of fracking.
“I think I don’t like fracking because it destroys our nature. I know it’s a really good energy source for America, but at what cost? Maybe I’m just a tree-hugger,” Serafin said.
According to a study from the University of Duke, there is a positive correlation with methane contaminated water and hydro-fracking.
However, a study released by the Shale Resources and Society Institute at the University of Buffalo states that the act of hydro-fracking is getting more and more safe. Basing the detrimental effects of hydro-fracking on administrative problems, the peer reviewed study concluded that the fracking industry has great room for improvements.
“If it (fracking) could be regulated more, I’d probably be more of a fan. The main goal is getting energy without hurting the environment,” Serafin said.
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