Part of Obama’s second-term climate strategy: Going regional?

posted at 2:01 pm on February 25, 2013 by Erika Johnsen

Both political realities and economic opportunities are preventing President Obama from playing the full-fledged climate-change champion he would no doubt like to embody; a “comprehensive” climate-change bill, like the one Sen. Barbara Boxer recently announced she plans to bring to floor, is unlikely to even make it out of the Senate, and unless there’s some sort of dramatic Democratic sweep in the 2014 midterms, the chances aren’t going to improve. Thus, it’s up to the Obama administration to try and do their own second-term Legacy Building via regulatory, administrative, and executive fiat.

In terms of finding ways to demonstrate that they’re Doing Something on climate change and keeping the green lobby quelled, it looks like one strategic method they’re increasingly playing with is approaching local governments to offer up federal resources to help prep for harsher weathers, as Obama hinted he would in the SOTU: “But if Congress won’t act soon to protect future generations, I will. I will direct my Cabinet to come up with executive actions we can take, now and in the future, to reduce pollution, prepare our communities for the consequences of climate change, and speed the transition to more sustainable sources of energy.” It’s a kind of grassroots ground game that can help keep the climate-change discussions potent on less divisive community-government levels and stir up support for the administration, reports the National Journal:

Outside Washington, the administration is building support a different way. The Housing and Urban Development, Transportation, and Agriculture departments are ramping up their outreach to state and local governments to help them prepare for the impacts of climate change, including increased flooding and more extreme storms and droughts. …

“This seems to me [to be] the beginning of a big-tent, grassroots climate strategy, which no administration has attempted in the U.S. before,” said Paul Bledsoe, an environmental-policy consultant who was a senior climate-change and communications adviser to the Clinton White House. …

“We’re seeing more and more interest and activity from the federal agencies,” said Brian Holland, director of climate programs for ICLEI-Local Governments for Sustainability USA, an organization that works with municipal governments. …

Even the State Department has reached out. Two days after Secretary of State John Kerry was confirmed in his post, his undersecretary, Robert Hormats, phoned Holland’s group to ask how the foreign-policy department could help local governments in the U.S. prepare for climate change…

As far as a climate-change action items go, I think that adapting infrastructures and better preparing for individual localities’ specific weather situations are actually pretty great ideas, although I’m not quite sure why it’s up to the federal government to get itself involved in local governments’ decisions — but then I remember the Obama administration’s agenda and fondness for courting favors, sowing talking points, and spending money we don’t have, and suddenly it all makes sense.

Unfortunately, local resiliency outreach isn’t the only thing the Obama administration already has up its sleeve — word on the street is that Obama will announce assistant administrator Gina McCarthy as his pick to replace Lisa Jackson as EPA chief as soon as this week, and they’re likely waiting until after what will already be an undoubtedly feisty confirmation battle before they publicly announce that the unabashed war on coal is finally back on, whoopee.

Addendum: Sen. Coburn is already all over this “going local” tactic, via the WFB:

Sen. Tom Coburn (R., Okla.) sent a letter to the White House Office of Management and Budget (OMB) Thursday asking the administration to terminate its “Connecting Your Community” campaign in which federal officials meet with leaders in 100 cities across the country to discuss ways the federal government can better assist local governments. The campaign began last week.

“Much is being made about the possible impact of sequestration on government programs for the poor and middle class, food safety, and the defense of our nation,” Coburn wrote in the letter.

“It is somewhat surprising, therefore, for the White House to be headlining a 100 city government spending tour, transporting representatives from multiple departments and various agencies around the country to promote federal largesse,” he continued.


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…destroy the economy!

KOOLAID2 on February 25, 2013 at 2:06 PM

Sen. Barbara Boxer recently announced she plans to bring to floor, is unlikely to even make it out of the Senate,

Dear God as a resident of the formerly great Republic of California, I do honestly wish that Boxer would make it out of the Senate, and into a Federal Prison Cell (along with Fienstien and Pelosi of course) Hmmmmm…. now tell me that isn’t an amusing and comforting thought, Barbra, Diane and Nancy all confined to the same 9′ x 12′ prison cell for the next 40 years.

SWalker on February 25, 2013 at 2:06 PM

Sen. Barbara Boxer recently announced she plans to bring to floor, is unlikely to even make it out of the Senate

…all of her stuff should unlikely make it out of HER office…who you kidding?

KOOLAID2 on February 25, 2013 at 2:08 PM

Here I thought that “going regional” was part of Obama’s plan to marginalize rural areas to send more money to urban centers that support more Democrats.

J_Crater on February 25, 2013 at 2:09 PM

The real question here is has Gina picked her fake email name(s) yet?

BKeyser on February 25, 2013 at 2:10 PM

Barbra, Diane and Nancy

SWalker on February 25, 2013 at 2:06 PM

…you’re just lucky you aren’t fluked up breathing the same air with all the whackey women California gives us…( also Waters…etc)

KOOLAID2 on February 25, 2013 at 2:11 PM

“But if Congress won’t act soon to protect future generations, I will. I will direct my Cabinet to come up with executive actions we can take, now and in the future …”

Ein Volk, Ein Reich, Ein Fuhrer

OhEssYouCowboys on February 25, 2013 at 2:12 PM

SWalker on February 25, 2013 at 2:06 PM

…you’re just lucky you aren’t fluked up breathing the same air with all the whackey women California gives us…( also Waters…etc)

KOOLAID2 on February 25, 2013 at 2:11 PM

To which I genuine do thank God…

SWalker on February 25, 2013 at 2:16 PM

Charlatanic thug, using charlatanry to sell charlatanry.

Schadenfreude on February 25, 2013 at 2:19 PM

It’s all just redistribution of wealth, globally.

Schadenfreude on February 25, 2013 at 2:20 PM

Ground Air Force one and it’s clones, except for essential trips. Save a lot on green house gasses. Spend more time in the green garden in the backyard, like most folks do.

Fleuries on February 25, 2013 at 2:20 PM

This could be fun.

Direct resources to states that will bow to socialism and punish states that do not.

More states will experience what Texas and the Dakotas have gotten for years. manufacturing will move to the freer states, along with gun owners and other small government types. The jobs will follow, all leading up to making some states more self sufficient than others. And strong alliances between like minded states.

What is that old saying? Something like; “The south will rise again”.

It will, and the results will be different.

cozmo on February 25, 2013 at 2:21 PM

“But if Congress won’t act soon to protect future generations, I will. I will direct my Cabinet to come up with executive actions we can take, now and in the future …”

Socialist nationalistic Punk

(nationalistic for him means “global”).

Schadenfreude on February 25, 2013 at 2:21 PM

the left has been anti-science and anti-empiricism for a long time. The US and the world has been materially harmed by these luddites. The one piece missing from McArdle’s post on the new Mandarins is that they may be ‘bright’ but they are not smart in the sciences and math and engineering etc.

And they care not. It is a sad tale of a country who invented so much that helped the world that it succumbed to left-wing zealots and cranks who can’t really do anything…other than pat themselves on the back

http://judithcurry.com/2013/02/22/spinning-the-climate-model-observation-comparison/

Empirically, the co2 forcing factor seems to be somewhat less that advertised.

r keller on February 25, 2013 at 2:23 PM

Have you seen that Gina McCarthy individual? For some reason, every female employed by Obama administration (with possible exception of Stephanie Cutter) looks like either a hermaphrodite or a chemical sample, and sometimes as both.

Archivarix on February 25, 2013 at 2:27 PM

Flooding.

Noah got ready.

Here is something that the greenies would be hard pressed to refute. All of that water could be saved and recycled, and used to water lawns. Now, of course, they hate lawns especially suburban lawns, and they hate people using rain barrel water instead of paying a fee for the town water.

Mostly you find they get in the way of people wanting to recapture water, or divert water. Or they want all water to have to go to the government water treatment plant.

So, privately, people should start capturing water and saving it for nice green lawns and healthy plants, so that drought could be a thing of the past. There is no way worse to make a liberal mad, than to water your plants in a drought, with water you have “recaptured.” They would rather you use your hose and pay a fine.

This would be anti climate change empowerment.

Fleuries on February 25, 2013 at 2:29 PM

Archivarix on February 25, 2013 at 2:27 PM

Has to do with the gene pool they have to draw from.

Cleombrotus on February 25, 2013 at 2:32 PM

Divide and conquer. This is the plan for gun grabbing, too. Each state gets the guns of their citizens until nobody has a weapon. Then they will come for the money under the mattresses.

Kissmygrits on February 25, 2013 at 2:33 PM

Idiots writing legislation on the weather. How friggin’ stupid are we?
We are just beginning to have a elemental clue as to the fundamental effects of the mid-Pacific phenomenon known as El Nino and La Nina. Shiite, it wasn’t even known to EXIST until about two decades ago.

Missilengr on February 25, 2013 at 2:36 PM

Behold the astounding power of unverified computer simulations, when placed in the hands of politicians.

ZenDraken on February 25, 2013 at 2:37 PM

Empirically, the co2 forcing factor seems to be somewhat less that advertised.

r keller on February 25, 2013 at 2:23 PM

You flat earth denialist you… /s

SWalker on February 25, 2013 at 2:41 PM

The Housing and Urban Development, Transportation, and Agriculture departments are ramping up their outreach to state and local governments to help them prepare for the impacts of climate change, including increased flooding and more extreme storms and droughts. …

So their plan is to simultaneously prepare for floods and droughts? Ok…

weaselyone on February 25, 2013 at 2:48 PM

I think that adapting infrastructures and better preparing for individual localities’ specific weather situations are actually pretty great ideas…

Really? Come to California, land of the no-flo toilet, low water dishwashers and washing machines, no oil-based paint, no propane generators. It’s tough to stay clean here.

PattyJ on February 25, 2013 at 2:55 PM

Obama Drives a Petrol-Soaked Stake Through Uncle Sam’s Heart

http://tinyurl.com/agsdrwt

Resist We Much on February 25, 2013 at 2:57 PM

Have you seen that Gina McCarthy individual? For some reason, every female employed by Obama administration (with possible exception of Stephanie Cutter) looks like either a hermaphrodite or a chemical sample, and sometimes as both.

Archivarix on February 25, 2013 at 2:27 PM

They all look like they ran out of money in the middle of a sex change operation. Include Janet Reno and Elena Kagan in that group.

NapaConservative on February 25, 2013 at 3:02 PM

I cover some events on a local level and last week I went to a meeting of concerned property owners worried over the erosion of property rights. John Anthony was the guest speaker and he presented an hour long powerpoint on the all-too-real Agenda 21, renamed Sustainable Development by government bureaucrats to keep the sheeple off the scent of its real goal.

He spoke at length about the push toward “regionalization” as a way of implementing Agenda 21 and bypassing congress.

It was a chilling program, especially when the dots are connected between, for example, Andrew Cuomo as former HUD point person and some of the policy implementation he oversaw. Cuomo is trying to enforce regionalization in NYS. Between him and his brother, Chris, who now has a top spot at CNN, the connection back to the POS in the WH is crystal clear.

I have links to Anthony’s info and will post later.

wyntre on February 25, 2013 at 3:39 PM

Here’s a link to one of his vids.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yfUIWMQ92RU

wyntre on February 25, 2013 at 3:41 PM

My jonova comment: Funny how the two essential foundational bases of the agw (gwarming) theory, the hockey stick and the ipcc posited causal correlation between co2 & temperature, have been fully discredited, and so agw is a theory without foundation, yet agw stands in the MSM as if nothing has changed at all. AGW survives (and thrives unfortunately) on leftist inspired media hype.

Central, and I mean CENTRAL, to the theory was the ipcc claim of a proven causal correlation between CO2 & temps. That was actually very easy to debunk (just look at a graph showing CO2 & temps!). Yet hardly anyone knows this about CO2. We need to spread the word on this, and one way is to share and promote this succinct video which quickly demonstrates the obvious fallacy (.. deception) of the now retracted ipcc position.

There’s nothing wrong with the climate (no hockey stick), and there is no evidence that CO2 has anything to do with it. Indeed, the warmists now cling to the rather tenuous position that CO2 is both an effect and a cause of warming which would very likely spawn a runaway greenhouse. In the past CO2 reached as high as 7000ppm, but there was no runaway greenhouse effect, or we wouldn’t be here!

anotherJoe on February 25, 2013 at 3:41 PM

And here’s a link to one of his sites.

http://www.didyouknowonline.com/agenda21.php

wyntre on February 25, 2013 at 3:43 PM

There are already Federal programs in place to address “… increased flooding and more extreme storms and droughts.”

One that comes to mind is the FEMA State Hazard Mitigation Program. It’s been in place for years, and is directed at local governments. Ask any State emergency management agency director.

I’d love to see how many local officials point this out to the Federal busy bodies tramping around the country, repeating the obvious.

The_Real_JeffS on February 25, 2013 at 4:14 PM


Somehow Obama will try to figure out how to claim “Climate Change” hurts poor people, brown people, and gay people most and anyone who doesn’t agree with him is an ignorant bigot.

I know I may be going out on a limb here, but, he may just try something crazy like that :o/

cntrlfrk on February 25, 2013 at 7:16 PM

cozmo on February 25, 2013 at 2:21 PM

Acutally the phrase was “Save your Confederate money, boys, the South is gonna rise again”. And the way they are debasing the dollar, it just might be true very soon.

Greyledge Gal on February 25, 2013 at 7:44 PM

cntrlfrk on February 25, 2013 at 7:16 PM

Heh – you should check out “environmental justice” – it is exactly what you described . . . how do we make up to the po folks in the ghetto for the dirty air and water? Lisa Jackson, the last EPA director who had to leave in a hurry to avoid scandal about her multiple email aliases, championed this when she headed up New Jersey’s Environmental Department.

It’s very worrisome that O and cronies are running around giving money to get compliance from local governments. It’s difficult to get many people worked up about local issues, especially in rural areas. Too many folks are naive about local government. I watched it change over many years in eastern Maryland and I don’t want to see the same thing happen in my Blue Ridge paradise. :)

Greyledge Gal on February 25, 2013 at 7:55 PM