That is really too bad, because Richardson was a big supporter of clean energy and climate action — and that is quite rare for a Commerce Secretary (see “The first green Secretary of Commerce“). I hope PEBO picks someone else who understands that the future of American commerce is cleantech.
SANTA FE, NM – May 15, 2007 — Governor Bill Richardson today challenged President Bush’s response to the Supreme Court ruling requiring federal agencies to regulate vehicle emissions.
“The ‘debate’ on global warming is over and the Supreme Court has ordered this administration to stop dragging its feet and act,” stated Governor Richardson. “My state joined twelve other states to challenge the Bush Administration to enforce the Clean Air Act and fought them all the way to the Supreme Court–and won. President Bush’s decision to drag out the vehicle emission rulemaking process over the next two years rebuffs the Supreme Court’s ruling and rejects the reality and urgency of global warming.
WASHINGTON — Democratic presidential candidate Bill Richardson on Thursday laid out his plan for a dramatic shift in the way the U.S. uses energy, proposing to all but end the country’s reliance on oil and reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 80 percent by 2040.
Invoking President Kennedy’s call for the Apollo space program, he said the nation needs a “man-on-the-moon” effort to develop technologies that will cut energy costs and halt global warming.
“I am issuing a call to action, for Congress, the energy industry and the public,” he said in a speech to the New America Foundation. “I am calling for a new American revolution – an energy and climate revolution.”
Richardson’s plan encourages people to drive electric and plug-in cars, promotes public transportation and calls for increasing fuel economy standards to 50 miles a gallon by 2020 from about 25 miles per gallon now.