Page One Daily News - February , 2010
White House to Push Biofuels
As the president tries to garner GOP support for his climate-change bill, he is broadening his support of energy sources seen as less polluting
President Obama is expanding his repertoire of energy sources to include biofuels, as he seeks to attract GOP support for his legislation to reduce greenhouse gases. The president Wed. outlined a government plan for boosting development of biofuels with the Biofuels Interagency Working Group, which will release a report that describes the strategy, including ways to make the industry more eco-friendly. Obama and members of his cabinet plan to meet with a handful of state governors to discuss energy policy and clean coal technologies. Biofuels, made of organic matter such as wood, crops and animal waste, produce power but have critics of their own, who argue they aren't entirely green.
Obama Administration to Spend Millions on Cuba
The president officially loosened Cuba travel and money remittance policies in 2009, and now plans to spend millions on programs designed to bring about democratic change in Cuba
The Obama administration is proposing spending $20 million on programs designed to bring about democratic change in Cuba, but the funds are under attack from those who say its wasteful in hard economic times, besides being a demonstrable failure after Cuba recently celebrated the 52nd anniversary of its communist revolution. Sarah Stephens, executive director of the Center for Democracy in the Americas, issued a statement about the Foreign Aid budget request for 2011: “Unless it’s okay for the U.S. government to waste money on foreign aid programs that don’t work, the Obama administration should remove the $20 million in spending it has proposed on ‘regime change’ on Cuba.” The CDA’s report, “9 Ways for U.S. to Talk to Cuba and for Cuba to Talk to U.S.,” published in 2009, recommended ending counter-productive "regime change" programs and relying instead on policies of engagement to advance America’s interests and lead to normal relations between the U.S. and Cuba.