Barack Obama was sworn in as the 44th President of the United States of America today. As one of the first moves of his presidency, he has suspended all of former-President George Bush’s midnight regulations. The order was issued by White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel directly following the swearing in of Obama.
The regulations will not go into effect until Obama has had a chance to review their legality. Hopefully, this will undo some of the damage Bush attempted to leave our country with, such as his permitting coal companies to dump waste near rivers and oil companies to drill without reviewing the endangered species act.
Obama is also planning on overturning the rule that bans the federal government from funding women’s health organizations that perform or recommend abortions. He is considering loosening or lifting the restrictions on government funded stem cell research.
Obama appears to already be making good on his promises to completely change the direction of the White House. Do not, however, forget to continue to put pressure on him to keep his word to this country and to the world. Check back for updates on actions you can take to make these the greenest four years our country has ever experienced!