President-elect Barack Obama has won the election and now will focus on organizing his cabinet and determining what issues will be at the forefront for his administration. In his victory speech last night, he mentioned the challenges that face our country by saying, “we know the challenges that tomorrow will bring are the greatest of our lifetime — two wars, a planet in peril, the worst financial crisis in a century.”
With the “planet in peril” remark it appears that climate change legislation will be close to the top of his administration’s plans. Having clear majorities in both the Senate and House should allow for a much easier time in addressing climate change with a cap-and-trade plan. According to people close to the President-elect, he will also sign an executive order to grant California its long-awaited waiver for enforcing greenhouse gas emissions on automobiles.