Expect More EPA Power Grabs on Climate

President Obama’s new (or renewed) tough talk on climate change is not a harbinger of new climate legislation. Republicans opposed to cap-and-trade, EPA regulation of greenhouse gases (GHGs), and carbon taxes still control the House.

However, there is no reason to suppose Mr. Obama was merely tossing a sop to climate activists. As a second termer, the President is freer to indulge his ‘progressive’ impulses. ‘Legislating’ climate policy via administrative action has been the Obama Team’s preferred M.O. More of the same is likely in the second go-round. Here are a few possibilities:

*The State Department could veto the Keystone XL pipeline — a key objective of the global warming movement.

*The EPA could issue GHG performance standards for existing (as distinct from new or modified) coal power plants, as well as standards for other industrial categories (refineries, cement production facilities, steel mills, paper mills, etc.).

*The EPA could determine (along the lines of Cornell University research) that fugitive methane emissions make fracked natural gas as carbon-intensive as coal. The agency could then modify the carbon ‘pollution’ rule to require utilities that build new natural gas generation to install carbon capture and storage technology or meet a renewable portfolio standard.

Read more at National Journal. By Marlo Lewis.

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  1. Garry Foxworth says:

    I have a capital suggestion for the EPA. "Turn the lights off and go home". NO ONE except God will change the climate. Most of us as citizens will go to burning wood again and getting off the grid. I have never seen so many intellectuals with so much gall and ignorance mixed. I have never shot myself in the foot, but it appears that the EPA is heading swiftly in that direction.

  2. Florida Jim says:

    Why are Russia, china, Canada, Norway, Mexico and 100 other countries not falling for the global warming scam? Do you think it might be they care for their country and their citizens more than they do for the United Nations led scam of redistribution?.

  3. James Fontana says:

    Obama: Shut this useless job killing agency down. Save the tax payers money and you will not have to break your promise not to raise taxes.

  4. Erik Osbun says:

    It is impossible for humans to control climate. Thus, the very premise of the EPA argument is FALSE.

  5. Oliver de Graaf says:

    Yes, cut EPA way back or disolve it. CO2 has been with us since the early beginnings of the earth when none of it was manmade. EPA when started in the 70's seemed like a good idea but it soon became a beaucracy and the required EIS (Environmental Impact Report) a pain in the ass. Oliver de Graaf

  6. strangerinmyownland says:

    The EPA does what the President tells them to do. The EPA works for the President and the Chief of the EPA is subject to being fired at any time.

  7. Just another way to take more money from our checks to put in someone ealse's pocket. The EPA needs to be shut down. Co2 will always be around and there is nothing the EPA or anyone ealse can do about it.

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