Skip to main content

View Diary: CO-Sen: Mark Udall (D) & Gina McCarthy To Speak At CU Law School About Obama's Climate Change Plan (7 comments)

Comment Preferences

  •  The plan doesn't require Congress at this point. (0+ / 0-)

    Here's the details for your reference.

    As stated in the President's State of the Union address, if Congress doesn't act, he will.  And, that's what he will do.  People need to realize that the transition to renewables cannot happen overnight.  Rest assured, that the fossil fuel interests are huge, and are not going to roll over and play dead.  But, give Obama credit;  he's doing what he can with a Congress that's fighting him every step of the way.

    The President will use executive powers to direct the EPA to regulate carbon emissions from new and existing power plants, which are responsible for roughly 30% of carbon pollution.  In addition, he's calling for increased renewable energy targets by 2020 (another doubling).

    The plan is a good start.  Even the GOP SME's (four former EPA adminstrators under George W, George HW, Reagan and Nixon) approve the plan and are calling on Congress to do more.

    •  Thanks for the link. But... (0+ / 0-)

      For grid power, the goal is to double renewable power by 2020. I'm not an expert, but this seems mediocre to me. Renewable power is now 13.2% of the US power supply.

      The most important gap is that I see nothing in the plan about motor fuel, except raising EPA mileage standards for heavy vehicles. EPA mileage standards give the appearance of governmental action without actually improving the CO2 picture, due to the Jevons Paradox--as technology improves the efficiency with which a resource is used, consumption of the resource doesn't decrease, it increases.

      This plan seems like so much of the Obama administration--better than nothing, clearly better than the GOP, but still well short of what the country & world really needs. Sigh.

      "The true strength of our nation comes not from the might of our arms or the scale of our wealth, but from the enduring power of our ideals." - Barack Obama

      by HeyMikey on Wed Aug 14, 2013 at 04:47:54 AM PDT

      [ Parent ]

      •  There's nothing paradoxical about businesses (0+ / 0-)

        making decisions to increase ROI.  If coal plant CO2 emissions controls increase cost of building power plants, power companies will seek options like wind farms.  In fact, as we see parity in the cost of renewables, they are already doing so without any government subsidies.

      •  ugh. You're too cynical. (0+ / 0-)

        The Jevons Paradox has been the worst debbie downer excuse for not taking action. I usually hear it from fossil fuel industry people who want us to believe everything we do is a wasted effort.

        We don't have to speculate based on that theory. Its impacts are exaggerated. Emissions in the transportation sector have gone down steadily due to improved efficiency and vehicle standards, even before Obama took office. Obama has implemented three rounds of fuel standards on both cars and trucks. It matters. It will make a difference.

        If you think nothing else has been done then you should look up what LaHood did at Transportation to support alternative transportation choices, such as rail funding in the stimulus and encouraging planning for walkable communities. These things matter and they're actions enviros have wanted for years.

        What the world needed was a strong energy bill. Maybe that would have passed if the movement had put more pressure on the Senate where the bill failed, instead of acting as though Obama is the only branch of government.

Subscribe or Donate to support Daily Kos.

Click here for the mobile view of the site