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Obama Barrels Ahead: Climate Plan Won’t ‘Pause for Partisan Gridlock’

McConnell: “Declaring a ‘War on Coal’ is tantamount to declaring a war on jobs."

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Bill Straub

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June 25, 2013 - 5:02 pm
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WASHINGTON – President Obama announced an initiative to force a reduction in carbon dioxide emissions from the nation’s coal-fired power plants — without seeking congressional approval — as part of an effort to address global climate change.

In an address delivered on a sweltering summer day at Georgetown University, the president also said he will block approval of the Keystone XL pipeline if studies show it “significantly exacerbates” the production of greenhouse gases that he maintains contribute to global warming.

Obama told those assembled, which included a substantial number of students, that the nation must act – 97 percent of scientists, including some who originally disputed the data, agree the planet is warming and human activity is contributing to it, he said.

“So the question now is whether we will have the courage to act before it’s too late,” Obama said. “And how we answer will have a profound impact on the world that we leave behind not just to you, but to your children and to your grandchildren. As a president, as a father, and as an American, I’m here to say we need to act. I refuse to condemn your generation and future generations to a planet that’s beyond fixing.”

The president’s decision to curtail greenhouse gas emissions comes as no surprise. In his State of the Union address in February, Obama made it clear that the Environmental Protection Agency would promulgate tough new regulations regarding carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gas emissions if Congress failed to act. Lawmakers haven’t addressed the issue.

EPA has hinted over the past several months that it is contemplating tougher air restrictions on existing power plants – a move that critics fear will set standards impossible to meet and force several facilities to shut down.

The EPA has the authority to regulate carbon dioxide emissions under the Clean Air Act as a result of a 2007 U.S. Supreme Court ruling. In doing so the administration doesn’t have to seek a go-ahead from Congress on the steps it is contemplating.

“This is a challenge that does not pause for partisan gridlock,” the president said.

Obama’s remarks met with immediate criticism, particularly from members of Congress who hail from coal-producing states. Coal-burning power plants are responsible for about 40 percent of the country’s carbon dioxide emissions and are now a specific target of the administration. Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) said the administration’s initiative will hurt the economy by forcing up energy costs.

“Declaring a ‘War on Coal’ is tantamount to declaring a war on jobs,” McConnell said. “It’s tantamount to kicking the ladder out from beneath the feet of many Americans struggling in today’s economy.”

The new White House policy represents a “unilateral economic surrender,” McConnell said, citing experts who maintain that any climate policy that does not include massive energy-consumers like China and India is “essentially meaningless.”

“Americans want common-sense policies to make energy cleaner and more affordable,” McConnell said. “The operative phrase being common-sense — because Americans are also deeply concerned about jobs and the economy. That’s what the president should be focused on. Incredibly, it appears to be the furthest thing from his mind.”

Rep. Ed Whitfield (R-Ky.), chairman of the House Subcommittee on Energy and Power, was equally dismissive of the president’s views and announced plans to hold a hearing on the administration’s initiative.

“The president’s action plan seeks to limit our nation’s fuel choices and make coal-fired electricity generation in this country extinct, despite the fact that coal is our largest source of electricity and one of the nation’s most abundant and affordable resources,” Whitfield said. “This is absurd when you consider that man-made carbon only accounts for a very small percentage of all global emissions. We will continue our aggressive oversight over EPA’s rules to help prevent destructive consequences on jobs and the economy.”

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While Obama and the EPA do not need congressional approval they DO need the funds allocated by the House of Representatives. De-fund EPA.
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His big buck contributors are making bundles getting their green energy stimulus, courtesy of the taxpayers. Wonder what incarnations Buffett, Soros, and Kaiser come back to be this time. Kaiser's Solyndra becomes Kaiser Wind Power, Buffett's A123 Battery becomes Battery B456, Soros's Petrobra will be Soros's Brazil Green.
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Everyone with half a brain cell knows that the secular progressives have embraced the environmental zealots in order to divert money to their green energy crony capitalist supporters. And they also know that Obama has zero credibility about any scienfitic argument, because he has zero science chops in his pathetic community organizer education and background. But the real problem in Washington, for "climate change" and "amnesty for illegal aliens" and "Obamacare" and "marriage equality" and all the other smokescreens that cover up the disaster that has become the American economy is the pathetic quality of the opposition arguments.

The Ruling Class Republican establishment has folded like a cheap cardboard suitcase in opposing these issues because they have no core principles on any of these issues, and therefore no ability to articulate a response. Their only goal is to stay in office as a permanent minority, if necessary, to keep their seats at the table of power in Washington and their places on the B list of Washington/New York society.

There is virtually no one (with the possible exception of Cruz, Paul and Lee) that is willing to stand up and speak truth to power: there is NO global warming caused by human consumption of fossil fuels; and there may be no global warming at all, based on 12 years with no increase in global temperature. The whole argument is a scam for the U.N. and the major world powers to take money from the producers of society and redistribute it to the unproductive masses, with a portion used to keep themselves in the style to which they have become accustomed!

The productive members of society are waiting for someone to step ua and pull the sword from the stone . . . .and time is running out!!
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So, Dear Leader Obama, the Alleged Hawaiian now he thinks that he can dictate to private concerns what they may or may not do?

Y'know what? Were I the owner/operator of a coal-fired power plant, I'd take him at his word, and would shut my turbines down and douse my clinkers immediately.

I would also urge my fellow coal operators to do likewise, and I would KEEP them shut down until President Biden asked us...nicely...to turn the electricity back on again.

Until then...y'all enjoy the summer heat, y'hear?

(You better get out and start splitting firewood for the winter while it's warm).
1 year ago
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That man should be arrested immediately!
1 year ago
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For a further, illuminating, look at the quality of the President's grasp of "science" you may want to look here: http://pjmedia.com/lifestyle/2013/06/25/can-we-actually-even-tell-if-humans-are-affecting-the-climate/
1 year ago
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Maybe 0 really isn't an African-American. Maybe he is simply covered with BS from head to toe.
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While Obama and the EPA do not need congressional approval they DO need the funds allocated by the House of Representatives. De-fund EPA.
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Nice idea, but I wouldn't hold my breath waiting for the GOP to actually do anything of the sort.
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Obama demagoguery: "“This is a challenge that does not pause for partisan gridlock,” the president said. He also slammed anyone opposing his agenda as members of the "Flat Earth Society". So, while we still debate and comment on the myth of man-made global warming; Obama is using the EPA in the same way he's using every other agency - as a hammer to smash our toenails.
"The end justifies the means" - That's all we have to know.
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You know, it's exactly this kind of thing that makes it blindingly clear to me that the problem with liberals is not that they are mis-educated. I'm pretty sure the problem is that their *brains don't work*.

Let's just for one second pretend that, by the machinations of living in a world where opinion polls=science in the eyes of the public, somehow you're a person who believes anthropogenic climate change is real. Okay. And this problem, Obama is promising to fix. So you're on the edge of your seat, and you're thinking: "Gosh, this is going to have to be something really innovative and ingenious, if Obama has managed to come up with the solution when hundreds, even thousands of people whose entire job is coming up with solutions to this same problem haven't figured one out yet."

And then he comes out and says that basically his plan is just to draft legislation saying the levels have to be below such and such. And he's smirking when he says it, as though he thinks he's laid down a trump card on this. As far as he's concerned, this plan is *utterly unassailable*.

Any being with three functioning brain cells immediately feels compelled to ask some questions. Things like: "Does Obama think that the government is Harry Potter? Because if he doesn't, why does he believe the government saying random nonsense is going to change the nature of reality?". Or maybe you'd try to defend it and say it's to incentivize people in alternative energy research to work faster. And then your response would be: "Isn't this the equivalent of being trapped in a broken submarine with 24 hours of air left, and having the captain go down and manually rig the torpedoes to blow in 3 minutes because he wants to incentivize the crew to work faster? In the sense that the only plausible outcome is that this will blow up in our face and kill us all?".

The fact that these questions do not immediately assail them is deeply puzzling to me... like meeting a man who doesn't have a reflex that pulls his arm away from a hot stove when he rests his hand on it. It's clear there's some sort of hideous damage to their system, but darned if you can figure out how it happened. And now we're ALL going down the rabbit hole, because apparently whatever it is they're thinking with besides neurons doesn't come with a self-preservation instinct. Whoopee.

Someone get me a coin. I need to decide whether to laugh or cry.
1 year ago
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Ain't no sunshine when he speaks
Only darkness we can hear
Ain't no sunshine when he speaks
And he won't shut up until we're all in fear
1 year ago
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I said 'fear', not hope and change
I said 'fear', not hope and change
1 year ago
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It's the Big Lie.

Obambus is just too stupid to understand the numbers, or else he doesn't care, but Occam's Razor votes for stupid. We probably could put up enough windmills and solar cells to power the country, but it would cost easily ten times as much to run your house every month, but he just doesn't care and why should he, money today comes out of Bernanke's cornucopia. That's been Obambus' history as a community organizer and Democrat - money comes from wherever, no problem.

He's a liar and a fool on carbon pollution, or again, he could simply be bought by the green weinies who like to fund Democrats. Or all of the above. He'll believe whatever, cuz he doesn't do the numbers, never has. And he calls the opposition whatever, because nobody ever calls him on anything, not facts, and not manners. Why is that? Because he's clean and articulate and nobody expects any more than that. Why can't we elect someone who's filthy and mumbles, but knows wtf he's doing?
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