Dems to Obama: You should really exercise some executive action on climate change

posted at 6:01 pm on January 24, 2013 by Erika Johnsen

President Obama’s conspicuous mentions of his born-again climate-change priorities in his second inaugural on Monday seemed at least partially designed to reassure the environmental lobby that his neglect of their favorite climate and energy issues since the start of the presidential campaign season is officially over. How much the president can really do for their pet interests, however, is up in the air — much like the gun-control debate, the president can’t ‘accomplish’ major items like cap-and-trade or international emissions treaties without the approval of Congress.

As we’re all painfully aware, however, the president has plenty of other means at his disposal for shaping environmental and energy policy — and certain Democrats are encouraging to go full throttle on the executive actions and administrative fiat on the climate-change front.

“Congress has not been interested in acting, especially in the House, in the last two years. So we’re calling on the president to develop a plan for the administration to take action without action without Congress. … That may well spur Congress to act,” Waxman, the top Democrat on the House Energy and Commerce Committee, told reporters Thursday. …

Noting that, Whitehouse, Waxman and Rep. Edward Markey (D-Mass.) laid out a menu of options for executive action on climate change in a Thursday letter to Obama. Among them were moves federal agencies could take to curb greenhouse gas emissions and enlisting national laboratories to pump out clean-energy technology.

The letter referenced using “broad authorities to lower heat-trapping emissions,” an allusion to the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) ability to regulate emissions from coal-fired power plants.

The green lobby, of course, is totally on board with skirting Congress, and they want President Obama to both talk the talk and walk the walk:

Environmental advocacy groups hope President Barack Obama will live up to the words of his second inaugural address that put climate change front and center on the national agenda even though he rarely mentioned it during the presidential campaign.

But the same advocates, including the Sierra Club and the Natural Resources Defense Council, say the president should use the power of the executive branch to further those aims rather than pursuing a congressional strategy. …

“Congress is a place where good ideas go to die,” she said. “There is a tremendous amount that his administration can do without Congress. He has the authority; he doesn’t have to wait for Congress.”

So far, that seems to be precisely what the White House has in mind: More of the same EPA regulations, green-energy subsidies, and bureaucratic approaches of yester-term are going to be the order of the day, so as to avoid too many job-killing restrictions at once and still dance around the soothing “all-of-the-above” approach they’ve been touting for awhile now. Weaksauce:

Energy insiders say the White House will dribble out executive actions and federal rules over the next four years  — the same low-key, bureaucratic approach the administration has taken since 2009. …

“He led off with climate change. I don’t think you can ask for more than that,” said the official, who also urged caution about not expecting too much too soon. “A little bit of patience is warranted, but there has been a lot of strategy work going on.” …

Most important, EPA will be rolling out standards for new power plants beneficial to natural gas and that would essentially ban construction of new coal units. A second set of rules is also coming for aging electric utilities. There’s no schedule yet for finishing either set of regulations, though a senior Obama administration official said there’s reason to stretch it out to force opponents to the table.


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Oh, we`re gonna have a civil disobedience on a massive scale within the next four years.

ThePrez on January 24, 2013 at 6:10 PM

Dems to Obama: You should really exercise some executive action on climate change

Yeah, ‘cuz, like their attack on the Second Amendment, Dems will continue to commit seppuku given that the American middle class ranks “climate change” below immigration, which weighs in at 3%.

43 percent of likely voters said the economy was the most important issue and 25 percent pointed to “unemployment/lack of jobs,” followed by healthcare (7 percent), morality (5 percent), “other” (5 percent), education (4 percent) and immigration (3 percent).

Resist We Much on January 24, 2013 at 6:14 PM

Oh, we`re gonna have a civil disobedience on a massive scale within the next four years.

Which is one reason Barry and the Left want desperately to have us disarmed. In any event, if death and destruction is necessary to achieve the ultimate goal of perpetual power……so be it.

hawkeye54 on January 24, 2013 at 6:14 PM

43 percent of likely voters said the economy was the most important issue and 25 percent pointed to “unemployment/lack of jobs,” followed by healthcare (7 percent), morality (5 percent), “other” (5 percent), education (4 percent) and immigration (3 percent).

Barry, our Imperial President: “It doesn’t make a difference, what likely voters consider important. What makes a difference is what I consider important.”

hawkeye54 on January 24, 2013 at 6:18 PM

Move out da way Louis XIV.

“Sun King”?

meh, we got Baracka I (THE CLIMATE KING).

All freaking hail!!

PappyD61 on January 24, 2013 at 6:18 PM

Tell me Baracka I doesn’t fashion himself as the rightful heir to the oft worshiped….

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Louis_XIV_of_France

PappyD61 on January 24, 2013 at 6:19 PM

But the same advocates, including the Sierra Club and the Natural Resources Defense Council, say the president should use the power of the executive branch to further those aims rather than pursuing a congressional strategy. …

And it is long past time for the states to tell the Feds to go pound sand. Sure, the fed can regulate the transit of coal and other goods across state, but how those commodities are used within a state is strictly up to the states. If the fed thinks it has control because the electricity crosses state lines, it’s time for the states to pull the plug on interstate transmission of electricity.

AZfederalist on January 24, 2013 at 6:20 PM

My electric bill is double this year from 2 years ago, gas too. The final destruction of the middle class in CA has begun.

It’s for the Earth!!

PattyJ on January 24, 2013 at 6:21 PM

Favorite word of the day.

force

Bmore on January 24, 2013 at 6:24 PM

Just think…

… it’s only his first week.

Seven Percent Solution on January 24, 2013 at 6:25 PM

“Under the radar, we are working on climate change”….sound familiar?

hillsoftx on January 24, 2013 at 6:25 PM

“Under the radar, we are working on climate change”….sound familiar?

hillsoftx on January 24, 2013 at 6:25 PM

“I am not going to take your guns”

“Your health care costs will go down”

“If I get porkulous UE3 will be below 5.75%!”

yeah not to the media either.

harlekwin15 on January 24, 2013 at 6:27 PM

Yesterday JNova did a piece on the stalled warming over the last 15 years. I commented: Critically important is that there’s no basis for saying that the warming before that, as in the 20th century, was anything other than natural, and if there is any future warming… that’s natural.
We have been recovering from the Little Ice Age. Most people don’t know that. And most people don’t know how the politically motivated “scientists” have manipulated the 20th century data to accentuate the mild warming. And most people don’t know, unfortunately, that Mann and all, with the Hockey Stick, conspired to remove the Little Ice Age & the Medieval Warm Period. With the hockey stick gone, you see that there is absolutely nothing unusual about current temperatures. In fact, there’s nothing wrong with the climate. Nothing at all.
And the central point is this: contrary to now retracted IPCC claims, there is no causal correlation between CO2 & temperature (click on the key must promote & share 3 minute video I just linked to). Repeat: there is NO causal correlation, watch the video I linked to! And to sum up: there’s nothing wrong with the climate, and CO2 has nothing to do with it.

anotherJoe on January 24, 2013 at 6:28 PM

Typical retrograde moon worshipper.

tom daschle concerned on January 24, 2013 at 6:28 PM

And it is long past time for the states to tell the Feds to go pound sand. Sure, the fed can regulate the transit of coal and other goods across state, but how those commodities are used within a state is strictly up to the states. If the fed thinks it has control because the electricity crosses state lines, it’s time for the states to pull the plug on interstate transmission of electricity.

AZfederalist on January 24, 2013 at 6:20 PM

Article V them….the democrats are willfully misusing the EPA to destroy prosperity in this nation and their appointees illegally engage in strategic communication with advocacy groups.

The democrats have partisan operatives in the by law non-partisan civil service who are loyal to international hysteria groups.

End it, shut it down, Article V it start over.

harlekwin15 on January 24, 2013 at 6:29 PM

Two words…Frick Him!!!!

Not very lady like, but that’s all I have for this tyrannical, narcissistic man and his idiot minions!

texgal on January 24, 2013 at 6:33 PM

Oh, we`re gonna have a civil disobedience on a massive scale within the next four years.

ThePrez on January 24, 2013 at 6:10 PM

Not to worry though, virtually every department of our benevolent government will be armed to the teeth.

wolfsDad on January 24, 2013 at 6:33 PM

Congress has not been interested in acting, especially in the House, in the last two years. So we’re calling on the president to develop a plan for the administration to take action without action without Congress

Any congress “person” that advocates the bypassing of congress should be removed from office without delay. As far as I’m concerned they are not doing the job they were elected for.

Dr. Frank Enstine on January 24, 2013 at 6:47 PM

My electric bill is double this year from 2 years ago, gas too. The final destruction of the middle class in CA has begun.
It’s for the Earth!!
PattyJ on January 24, 2013 at 6:21 PM

I know people whom you are likely helping to pay for their electricity due to them taking advantage of California’s low income energy assistance programs by lying about their income to get the cheaper rate. I try to shame them when I visit but the freebies are just to good I guess.

jawkneemusic on January 24, 2013 at 6:55 PM

Executive order: Destroy All Cows?

@AsalamaTweetum

Opinionnation on January 24, 2013 at 7:02 PM

Been saving this link since 2007: Hope you enjoy and share with all your friendly eco-activists:

British Scientist Warns of ‘Moral Danger Behind Global Warming Hysteria’

http://newsbusters.org/node/11357 excerpt

“But does it matter if global warming is a “crisis” or not? Aren’t we threatened by a serious temperature rise? Shouldn’t we act anyway, because we are stewards of the environment?

Herein lies the moral danger behind global warming hysteria. Each day, 20,000 people in the world die of waterborne diseases. Half a billion people go hungry. A child is orphaned by AIDS every seven seconds. This does not have to happen. We allow it while fretting about “saving the planet.” What is wrong with us that we downplay this human misery before our eyes and focus on events that will probably not happen even a hundred years hence? We know that the greatest cause of environmental degradation is poverty; on this, we can and must act.

can_con on January 24, 2013 at 7:06 PM

Maybe he and Michelle should fly out to Hawaii (separate jets, of course) so he can contemplate what Executive Actions he can take to force people to reduce their Carbon Footprint.

malclave on January 24, 2013 at 7:08 PM

Also not lady like…

*Phtooey* (spit)

Scrumpy on January 24, 2013 at 7:10 PM

Yeah, ‘cuz, like their attack on the Second Amendment, Dems will continue to commit seppuku given that the American middle class ranks “climate change” below immigration, which weighs in at 3%.

Resist We Much on January 24, 2013 at 6:14 PM

Makes sense, though, doesn’t it?

Force Big Government “solutions” for the little issues… leave the major issues out there so, next election cycle, the Democrats and their lapdog media can campaign on how only they can be trusted to fix them, because Republicans are ebil.

malclave on January 24, 2013 at 7:13 PM

Waxmans a weasel.He’s in several pockets and it’s all about the money.

docflash on January 24, 2013 at 7:18 PM

The Fraud Grows! Climate Fraud is the greatest scam in years. the TRAITOR-in-chief wants his share of the TRILLIONS of DOLLARS that have yet to be scammed by Gal Bore & his partners in crime. Al GorZera has scammed his net worth to over a Billion Dollars thanks to this scam. Must be nice. If you or I tried to pull off a scam this blatantly and childishly see through, they would throw us under the jail!

http://www.paratisiusa.blogspot.com

God Bless America!

paratisi on January 24, 2013 at 7:29 PM

Obama’s war on jobs..it’s been going on for 4 years now and it continues..

sadsushi on January 24, 2013 at 8:41 PM