White House takes on climate change

obamaAiming to jolt the rest of the world to action, President Barack Obama moved ahead Sunday with even tougher greenhouse gas cuts on American power plants, setting up a certain confrontation in the courts with energy producers and Republican-led states.

In finalizing the unprecedented pollution controls, Obama was installing the core of his ambitious and controversial plan to drastically reduce overall U.S. emissions, as he works to secure a legacy on fighting global warming. Yet it will be up to Obama’s successor to implement his plan, amid steep Republican opposition that has reverberated from Capitol Hill to the 2016 presidential campaign trail.

“Climate change is not a problem for another generation,” Obama said. “Not anymore.

Opponents planned to sue immediately, and to ask the courts to put the rule on hold while legal challenges play out. Many states have threatened not to comply.

Last year, the Obama administration proposed the first greenhouse gas limits on existing power plants in U.S. history, triggering a yearlong review and 4 million public comments to the Environmental Protection Agency. In a video posted to Facebook, Obama said he would announce the final rule at a White House event on Monday, calling it the biggest step the U.S. has ever taken on climate change.

The final version imposes stricter carbon dioxide limits on states than was previously expected: a 32 percent cut by 2030, compared to 2005 levels, senior administration officials said. Obama’s proposed version last year called only for a 30 percent cut.

Energy industry advocates said the revision makes Obama’s mandate even more burdensome and impossible to meet. But environmental groups and Democrats said they would push back — including Hillary Rodham Clinton, who used the occasion to criticize her GOP opponents in the presidential race for failing to offer a credible alternative.

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    JayPee

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    No lie too preposterous.. No lie too gargantuan to slam down the throats of the American people.

    Btw, whatever happened to the ideal of ” Ich Dien ” ?

    Government is supposed to SERVE the people.

    Government loses legitimacy when it starts dictating.

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      GR82DRV

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      Meanwhile, Obama treats us like we’re all too stupid to appreciate his brilliance and compassion.

      The [i][b]Great Uniting President[/b][/i].

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    MikeW

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    Climate change is NOT a problem for this generation or the next. The real problem is climate change propaganda and efforts from people like Obama to force other people into unemployment and poverty.

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    Capt Mike Hogan

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    And so the greatest hope for the poor & needy becomes their greatest oppressor. So sad for the poor of this world, the Pope and now this President.

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    Capt Mike Hogan

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    And so the greatest hope for the poor & needy becomes their greatest oppressor. So sad for the poor of this world, the Pope and now this President.

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    Amber

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    You got it Capt Mike Hogan . Africa got preached to by the USA President who cannot clean up his own back yard . What a wasted opportunity .
    Then some USA moron trophy hunter shoots a lion for fun and it’s head . Not satisfied with that he wants to shoot an elephant the next day .

    Can’t blame Africa for not feeling all warm and fuzzy towards the USA .
    Disrespect people like that and trust is gone . That will be another Obama legacy .

    If the international climate clowns ever impose their “climate” agenda (population control) they will ensure Africa’s poor are the first casualties.

    Don’t be bought Africa it is only going to keep you dependant and down .

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    Amber

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    Watch a video of Mussolini at his peak and watch a few Obama clips with the sound off .

    How many more months of this ?

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    David Lewis

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    Even from the view point of those of us who know man made climate change is a fraud, Obama’s power plant mandate is a good thing. The reason is in two parts.

    Part 1 is that it will never happen. To be fully implemented, the presidents elected in the next four elections will have to support it. To be implemented at all, the president elected in 2016 will have to support it. There is a better than even chance this will be a Republican, and these candidates have come out against it.

    Another reason it won’t happen is court challenges. The Supreme Court has already struck down the EPA’s ruling on power plant mercury emissions because there was no consideration of the cost of the restrictions. The cost of the new restrictions would be extremely expensive with almost no benefit. According to the EPA, these restrictions would result in a decrease of warming in 2100 of 0.10 degrees C. This estimate is almost certainly based on the UN climate models. Yet, these are running three times hotter than observed data. If a court challenge would use that fact, the decrease falls to 0.033 degrees C. It wouldn’t even be necessary to argue the inconvenient truth that most of our climate change is probably driven by variations in solar output.

    Part 2 is as the administration has stated these mandates will give the U.S. a stronger bargaining position at the Paris conference. As bad as Obama is, most at this conference are worse. I know because I read articles on climate change from all around the world.

    One thing the Europeans assume will be adopted is a surtax for imports based on the emissions created in manufacturing the product. This is important to the Europeans. Some countries have energy intensive industries moving to the U.S. or China because they can’t afford the cost of power. The surtax would level the playing field. It is unlikely Obama would agree to this and the increased influence that results from his recent power plant mandate would help him oppose this.

    Another thing that the Europeans assume is a slam dunk at the Paris conference is a tax on carbon emissions in all nations, at least the developed nations. Obama might agree with this but he has a consistent record of not promising something if he thinks he can’t deliver. He can’t impose these taxes with an executive order and an increase in his influence in Paris will help him oppose them.

    Climate debt is the socialist concept that since the beginning of time the amount of carbon dioxide that can be emitted should be divided equally. They usually base this on population. Since the industrial nations have emitted much more carbon dioxide, we then owe a debt to developing nations. This is idea is generally opposed by the developed nations but there is some sympathy for the concept in Europe. Again, greater influence gives the U.S. more power in opposing climate debt.

    The concept of loss and damage says that climate change resulting mostly from the emissions of instructional nations has caused increase extreme weather events. For that reason when ever there is damage in an undeveloped nation from extreme weather the industrial nations are liable to pay for the damage. Essentially all developing nations support this concept making up the majority of the countries that will be at Paris. The African countries are adamant in getting loss and damage and in the past have threatened to derail a conference if they didn’t get it. It doesn’t matter that even the IPCC Fifth Assessment report says extreme weather events are not increasing. Once these people get the idea of getting free money they are not going to let go of it. Again, increased influence by the U.S. will help here.

    To sum this up, it is unlikely that there will be pain from the new mandates other than increases in blood pressure. It is very unlikely that they will be implemented. On the other hand, we will have the gain in more influence at the Paris conference.

    It is all about politics. There is no true science supporting man made climate change. If true science was used, this would be a non-issue.

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