U.S. President Barack Obama told the Environmental Protection Agency Monday to reconsider California's request to regulate greenhouse gas emissions from cars, reversing the climate policies of former President George W. Bush.
Obama said Monday that U.S. foreign oil dependence and climate change posed urgent threats to America's national security. Obama said it would be his administration's objective to reverse U.S. dependence on foreign sources of oil. "I cannot promise a quick fix," he said during a ceremony at the White House to announce new energy and climate change initiatives.
California's request, which was denied by the Bush administration, would allow it to impose stricter limits on vehicle carbon dioxide emissions, blamed for contributing to the global warming. If approved, more than 12 states could follow suit in imposing limits that are tougher than federal requirements.
The president also directed the Department of Transportation to move forward with setting vehicle fuel efficiency standards for 2011 by March, giving automakers an 18 month period to impose them.