Obama To Set Deadline For New Fuel Efficiency Rules For Trucks

President Obama squeezed in one last round of golf on Monday before wrapping up his secluded Presidents Day weekend and heading back to Washington. Obama made no public appearances for three full days while hosting his three closest high school buddies at a sun-splashed private estate that has become one of his favorite getaway destinations. The president also spent part of the weekend consulting with National Security Advisor Susan Rice, who was along on the trip to attend the presidents Friday night meeting with the king of Jordan concerning the crisis in Syria and Middle East peace negotiations. Obama and Rice spent part of the weekend in a last-ditch effort to persuade Ugandas president not to sign a harsh anti-gay law. Once they decided there was nothing more they could do, Obama released a statement announcing that enactment of the law will complicate the U.S.
Source: http://www.latimes.com/nation/politics/politicsnow/la-pn-in-obama-sunnylands-california-20140217,0,3823778.story

Obama to announce plan to tighten truck fuel standards

The companies that buy these trucks will then pass the increase in costs to the consumer and tax payers” Waaaaah, progress and innovation cost money!!! Waaaah, we should never ever do anything anymore in order to push industry forward and make life better!!!! Everything is good enough as it is and the status quo is perfectly dandy forever and ever!!!! Nothing needs to change ever because it’s just fine the way it is!!!! Change and attempting to make things better are horrible!!!! Ridiculous.
Source: http://politicalticker.blogs.cnn.com/2014/02/18/obama-to-take-next-step-in-fuel-efficiency-for-trucks/comment-page-6/

Im just saying, you can make a really good living and have a great career without getting a four-year college education, as long as you get the skills and training that you need. Obamas backtracking didnt satisfy Ann Collins Johns, an art professor at the University of Texas at Austin, who fired off a letter through the White House Web site. Johns told the art website Hyperallergic that she wrote Obama to point out that her courses challenge students to think, read and write critically, as well as educate them about art history. Johns, who runs UTs program in Tuscany, was stunned to get a handwritten apology from the president himself on White House stationery. Ann let me apologize for my off-the-cuff remarks. I was making a point about the jobs market, not the value of art history, he wrote. As it so happens, art history was one of my favorite subjects in high school, and it has helped me take in a great deal of joy in my life that I might otherwise have missed, Obama said in the 13-line note.
Source: http://nypost.com/2014/02/18/obama-apologizes-to-art-teacher-for-mocking-art-history-degrees/

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 continue reading this.. 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.
Source: http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2014/02/18/obama-administration-calls-on-ukraine-president-to-de-escalate-violence-talk/

@BarackObama/via Twitter President Obama tweeted late Thursday that he was counting down the hours to season 2 debut of Netflix series ‘House of Cards.’ If not, the President had options. He tweeted Thursday night about the start of the second season of Netflixs House of Cards. Obama didnt need advance copies of that show, as Netflix made them all available over the weekend. RELATED: FRANCE’S HOLLANDE PLAYS MIDDLE MAN WITH OBAMAS But Obama wasnt just glued to the television over the weekend. He also played golf on the nine-hole course at the sprawling estate in Rancho Mirage. Childhood friends Bobby Titcomb, Greg Orme and Michael Ramos rounded out the foursome.
Source: http://www.nydailynews.com/news/politics/obama-seeks-game-thrones-dvd-holiday-article-1.1617755

(Don Bartletti / Los Angeles Times / January 4, 2010) Also By Kathleen Hennessey February 18, 2014, 3:00 a.m. WASHINGTON – The Obama administration is moving ahead with plans to set new fuel efficiency standards for trucks, buses and other heavy-duty vehicles as part of an effort to curb greenhouse gas emissions. During a visit to a grocery store distribution center, President Obama will order the Environmental Protection Agency and Transportation Department to develop and issue the new standards by March 2016, according to a White House official who would not be named when discussing the announcement ahead of the event. The new fuel efficiency requirements will mark the second phase of the effort to reduce the harmful pollutants by targeting trucks. In 2011, the Obama administration completed fuel standards for medium and heavy vehicles.
Source: http://www.latimes.com/nation/politics/politicsnow/la-pn-obama-deadline-fuel-efficiency-trucks-20140217,0,682284.story?track=rss

Here’s a rundown of Obama’s executive action since the State of the Union: Sponsored by President Obama speaks at the Safeway Distribution Center on Feb. 18 in Upper Marlboro, Md, where he said he wants the Environmental Protection Agency and the Transportation Department to implement a new round of fuel efficiency standards for medium and heavy-duty vehicles.Mark Wilson, Getty Images Feb. 18 Fuel efficiency Obama announced on Tuesday that his administration will begin developing the next phase of tighter fuel efficiency standards for medium and heavy-duty vehicles. He’s directed the Environmental Protection Agency and Transportation Department’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration to develop and issue new fuel-efficiency and greenhouse gas standards by March 31, 2016. President Obama signs an executive order raising the federal minimum wage to $10.10 on new federal contracts in the East Room of the White House on Feb.
Source: http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/politics/2014/02/18/obama-fuel-standards-heavy-duty-trucks/5561151/


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