Obama grasps for climate legacy as second-term agenda crumbles

Ben Geman
The Hill
11/8/2013

President Obama has a chance to craft a second-term legacy on climate change even as the rest of his agenda runs aground in Congress.

Gun control legislation is dead; immigration reform is on life support; and reaching a fiscal deal with Republicans appears to be a long shot.

To make matters worse, what was supposed to be his signature first-term achievement — ObamaCare — is suffering from a disastrous rollout.

But there’s one thing that’s going right for Obama: Executive action on climate change is moving full-speed ahead at the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

“He may be able to do more through climate change [rules] because the EPA has the authority,” Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) told The Hill on Thursday.

The most far-reaching piece of Obama’s climate plan is carbon emission standards for the nation’s fleet of existing power plants, by far the largest single source of industrial carbon emissions. The EPA is also writing standards for new plants.

“I think climate change, immigration reform are both sort of legacy issues,” Blumenthal said. “The measure of his presidency will be whether he has left changes in law and regulation, but also a heightened awareness, which I think he has been doing.”…

 

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Related:   Obama’s new climate council to regulate economy

President Barack Obama has given the nation a new “Council on Climate Preparedness and Resilience” that expands government bureaucrats’ role in how Americans use their lands, energy, waters and property.

Obama announced the executive order Friday, the day after Halloween.

The order is titled “Preparing the United States for the Impacts of Climate Change.”…

 

 

Update: Ex-Australian PM John Howard sticks it to the greenies

“Climate change” has become a “substitute religion” for people with a “nakedly political” agenda which has less to do with saving the planet than it does with reining in economic growth and wealth redistribution.

Well we knew this. But how how nice it is to hear it from the mouth of a statesman as distinguished as former Australian Prime Minister John Howard…

…Even now, despite all the evidence that it’s little more than a junk-science scam, barely a single world leader past or currently serving has had the integrity, bluntness and regard for truth to tell it like it is about the great climate con. (The only other one, as discount viagra far as I can recall, is former Czech president Vaclav Klaus)…

Also by James Delingpole, How green bullying, junk science and EU lies killed off yet another successful industry

This is a story with everything: bees, junk science, the French behaving badly, the EU at its worst…

 

 

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