To say that hopes were high for Obama's first 100 days would be the understatement of the decade—especially for those hoping for green progress. After enduring years of an administration that put the environment about as far on the back burner as possible, we suddenly had a president who promised to fund renewable energy, create green jobs, embrace science, and perhaps most importantly, finally lead the US to tackle climate change. So how's he doing so far? You decide. Check out TreeHugger's timeline of all Barack Obama's major accomplishments (and missteps) during the whirlwind that was his first 100 days in office. To help you get a better idea of what exactly went down during Obama's first 100 days in office, we used the timeline tool Dipity to create this interactive timeline of TreeHugger's coverage of Obama's most important actions.
And as you can see, Obama's been a busy man putting his best green ideas into action. Just scan from January to April to see what he and his administration has been up to, and zoom in to get a more detailed look at the green goings on in the Obama administration thus far.
Obama's First 100 Green Days
As you can see, there's quite a bit for environmentalists to be glad about--Obama installed his green team with qualified (and often brilliant) scientists and climate change fighting champions, he immediately reversed or halted a number of harmful Bush era rulings, he loaded his economic stimulus bill and budget with a number of green initiatives, and his EPA has been on the warpath against both polluters and stagnant policy. And most recently, the EPA announced that it deemed greenhouse gases threatening to public welfare--a landmark motion that opens the door to finally regulating carbon dioxide emissions, and making real progress towards slowing global warming.
Of course, it hasn't all been rosy--Obama is still behind "clean coal," he looks to be slowing his support for enacting a cap and trade this year, and many of his greenest projects--like the high speed rail--are underfunded.
Nonetheless, the ideas put forward combined with some tangible, exciting progress make for what may be the greenest first 100 days of any president in decades--let's hope Obama keeps the momentum going.