Well, there goes Recovery Summer.
Just when the economy was starting to show signs of life, President Obama is set to launch a big new effort to curb global warming, according to the New York Times. And guess what? It doesn’t involve Congress!
From the piece
President Obama is preparing a major policy push on climate change, including, for the first time, limits on greenhouse gas emissions from new and existing power plants, as well as expanded renewable energy development on public lands and an accelerated effort on energy efficiency in buildings and equipment, senior officials said Wednesday.
Heather Zichal, the White House coordinator for energy and climate change, said the president would announce the new policy initiatives in the coming weeks. Another official said a presidential address outlining the new policy could come as early as next week . . .
Ms. Zichal suggested in her remarks that a central part of the administration’s approach to dealing with climate change would be to use the authority given to the Environmental Protection Agency to address climate-altering pollutants from power plants under the Clean Air Act. She said none of the initiatives being considered by the administration required legislative action or new financing from Congress.
In his Berlin speech today, Obama warned of Biblical consequences if he doesn’t act.
The grim alternative affects all nations — more severe storms, more famine and floods, new waves of refugees, coastlines that vanish, oceans that rise. This is the future we must avert. This is the global threat of our time. And for the sake of future generations, our generation must move toward a global compact to confront a changing climate before it is too late. That is our job. That is our task. We have to get to work.
First of all, if all this stuff is going to go down, I want my weapon handy to ward of the “new wave of refugees” headed my way from the coast. And not something that takes only two shots and I gotta reload, Biden.
Second of all, the earth’s temperature has not risen for 15 years. I’m just saying.
Third of all, can we please get back to saying global warming instead of the relatively recently fashionable climate change. You may have noticed that once the earth did indeed stop warming, people started talking about “climate change” so they could blame greenhouse gases for hurricanes, tornadoes AND EVEN FOR COLD WEATHER.
And finally, would one of you monarchs from the G-8 countries please hand Obama a scepter while he’s in Europe since he has decided to continue ruling by fiat. If he’s going to ditch his signing pen, he needs a scepter right away. Thank you.