Obama Rolls Out Plan For Better Truck Mpg

(Michael Reynolds / European Pressphoto Agency / February 18, 2014) Also By Kathleen Hennessey February 18, 2014, 11:55 a.m. WASHINGTON President Obama moved ahead Tuesday with plans to further tighten restrictions on carbon emissions from trucks and buses, saying the new fuel efficiency rules will reduce pollution, save consumers money and help cut back on oil imports. Its not just a win-win, its a win-win-win, Obama said http://www.obamastudentloanforgiveness.net/ in remarks delivered from a loading dock at a grocery distribution center. Obama ordered the Environmental Protection Agency and Transportation Department to issue a first draft of the regulations for medium- and heavy-duty trucks by March 2015 and to finalize the rules a year later. His announcement at a Safeway warehouse in Maryland was the latest in a series of efforts to show he wont be hemmed in by a Congress unable to find consensus on how or whether to tackle climate change. Obama recently announced the creation of new climate hubs that will work with farmers and ranchers to prepare for shifts in weather conditions. Source: http://www.latimes.com/nation/politics/politicsnow/la-pn-obama-trucks-fuel-efficiency-20140218,0,7707686.story

Biden also made clear the United States is committed to supporting efforts toward a peaceful resolution that reflects the will and aspirations of the Ukrainian people, the White House said. The violence Tuesday was the deadliest in nearly three months of anti-government protests that have paralyzed Ukraine's capital and the worst in the country's post-Soviet history. The protests began in late November after Yanukovych turned away from a long-anticipated deal with the European Union in exchange for a $15 billion bailout from Russia. The political maneuvering continued, however, with both Moscow and the West eager to gain influence over this former Soviet republic. Until Monday, the government and the opposition had appeared to be making some progress toward resolving the political crisis peacefully. In exchange for the release of scores of jailed activists, protesters on Sunday vacated a government building that they had occupied since Dec. Source: http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2014/02/18/obama-administration-calls-on-ukraine-president-to-de-escalate-violence-talk/

President Obama will meet with Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto and Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper. By David Nakamura , E-mail the writer President Obama is likely to face difficult questions at a summit Wednesday from his Mexican and Canadian counterparts on a slew of thorny issues that have been stalled by U.S. domestic politics. Progress on the Keystone XL oil-sands pipeline, immigration reform and a major new Asian trade pact will be high on the agenda when Obama attends the one-day North American leaders meeting in Toluca, Mexico. But Obama has faced resistance from congressional Democrats in his push for trade promotion authority , also known as fast track, which would make it easier for the administration to negotiate trade deals without Congress amending them. Last week, Vice President Biden appeared to acknowledge that the administrations push for fast-track trade powers was unlikely to move forward, even as he made the case for the TPP and a separate European trade agreement to Senate Democrats. Source: http://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/as-obama-heads-to-meeting-with-canada-and-mexico-several-agenda-items-are-stalled/2014/02/18/4ca569ce-98bc-11e3-b931-0204122c514b_story.html

Its doing exactly what it was intended to do -- collapse the system and addict millions of Americans to government dependency. I attended Columbia University with Obama, and it was there where my classmates and I learned a plan to overwhelm the American economic system: Collapse capitalism with spending, entitlements and debt. It now seems more than a coincidence that the plan we learned at Columbia looks exactly like whats happening to the U.S. economy under my former classmate. Last week, the non-partisan CBO finally reported the truth: ObamaCare is the perfect job-killing machine. Source: http://www.foxnews.com/opinion/2014/02/18/most-successful-week-obamas-presidency/

Related content: Aamer Madhani, USA TODAY 2:25 p.m. EST February 18, 2014 Announcement concerning medium and heavy-duty trucks follows State of the Union pledge. President Obama speaks at a distribution center for Safeway stores in Upper Marlboro, Md., on Feb. 18. The president said having a more fuel-efficient truck fleet will boost the economy and help combat climate change. (Photo: Charles Dharapak, AP) Story Highlights The White House projects the country will save 530 million barrels from fuel standards set in 2011 Obama made the announcement at a Maryland Safeway distribution center New standards are to be issued by March 31, 2016 SHARE 2388 CONNECT 196 TWEET 425 COMMENTEMAILMORE WASHINGTON President Obama announced Tuesday that his administration will begin developing the next phase of tighter fuel efficiency standards for medium and heavy-duty vehicles. Source: http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/politics/2014/02/18/obama-fuel-standards-heavy-duty-trucks/5561151/

Experts speculate that warming oceans may have played a part in a strain of herpes that has killed Pacific oysters in Europe in recent years. The Color-Changing Bears As Arctic ice melts and polar bears see more of their habitat disappear, the animals could lose their famous white coats. Researchers have already witnessed polar bears hybridizing with their brown cousins, but note that it would take thousands of years from them to adapt themselves out of existence. Less Time On The Chair Lift Climate change means warmer winters in northern latitudes and a shorter ski season. By 2039, more than half of the Northeast's ski resorts will not be able to maintain a 100-day season, according to the New York Times. Ski areas will be less likely to receive regular snowfall, and warmer daily low temperatures mean fewer opportunities for snowmaking. Source: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/02/18/obama-fuel-standards_n_4807138.html