Shellenberger said natural gas could also be a “big opportunity” for Obama as part of a broader campaign to address greenhouse gas emissions.
Ebinger agreed, saying that “if we really pushed tax credits to get diesel out of long-distance trucks” that could lead to massive carbon dioxide reductions. But at some point, Obama will have to make tough decisions. “I don’t think the president can punt this one,” he said.
Whatever Obama does, “it will definitely drive a bunch of people crazy” in the environmental community, Shellenberger said.