The White House is about to move big on climate change.
No, I’m not going to make any stupid jokes about things starting to heat up.
All you Neanderthals in the Global Warming Denier crowd prepare to get socked directly on your square, protruding foreheads.
I’m sorry, not global warming. That got revised to “climate change” after it became clear the world had inconveniently stopped warming. Planet earth has not cooperated with the enlightened ones’ temperature increase models for about 15 years now.
But no matter.
Friday, according to Politico, President Obama will launch a full frontal attack on your electricity bills with rules that will force expensive upgrades to new – and eventually existing power plants.
From the Politico piece:
The proposed rule, expected Friday from the Environmental Protection Agency, won’t cut any carbon immediately and won’t come anywhere near the sweeping mandate of the cap-and-trade plan that died in the Senate three years ago. But it will force the first-ever limits on greenhouse gas pollution from yet-to-be-built power plants, requiring costly carbon-cutting technology for those that burn coal.
The White House-vetted proposal is also the legal precursor to a far more ambitious draft regulation due next year that would seek cuts to climate-changing emissions at existing power plants.
Cap and trade didn’t pass, so Obama will do as much as he can directly from the Oval Office. And so as long as you’re not killed in one of the lighter, fuel efficient new cars of the future, you’ll get to make your contribution to the Cro Magnons’ carbon emissions reductions scheme through your utility bills in a few short years.