It is likely that a good package of executive actions will be coming forth in the near future to really tackle the climate change planet emergency still looming over us.
We have made tremendous progress through the EPA for the environment and climate change.
While Obama has not detailed the specifics of his plan to the donors, pipeline opponents anticipate the package will include final rules from the Environmental Protection Agency to limit greenhouse-gas emissions from new power plants. In April, the EPA delayed issuing the rule after the electric-power industry said the initial proposal was unworkable. Since then, the agency has been revising the rules, and environmental groups are urging the EPA not to scale back its initial plan.
The White House plan may also include pledging to issue a standard for limits on existing power plants, something EPA officials have said they expect to propose in the next 18 months.I am confident the EPA will act in our favor. Yes, I know a few regulations have been delayed and revised in the past. But the EPA has stayed strong in many situations such as mercury. The White House OPM recently moved forward with microwave carbon emissions regulations.
Final decisions about the specific policies included in the president’s package are still being made, according to a person close to the White House.
Speaking to donors in Palo Alto, California, last week, Obama called the need for action on climate change one of the “most important decisions” facing the country.
“We’re not going to be able to make those changes solely through a bunch of individual decisions,” he said at a June 6 event hosted by Flipboard Chief Executive Officer Mike McCue. “Government is going to have a role to play.”
With Congress unlikely to take up a climate bill, the plans largely focus on actions the president can take with his existing executive authority. White House officials have been soliciting ideas for administrative actions that can be taken to curb greenhouse gases.
Lastly, Obama's environment adviser Heather Zichal says that a broad executive climate agenda will be enforced soon.
“In the coming weeks and months, you can expect to hear more from the president on this issue, as well as on the agenda,” Zichal said in a speech at an environmental leadership forum hosted by Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse. But she offered few substantial hints, noting — as people following the issue already know well — that because Congress hasn’t passed any comprehensive climate plan, “our focus moving forward will be on executive actions,” including EPA regulations.Obama successfully reached that big deal with China recently.
“We will continue to build on the progress using the tools of the Clean Air Act to advance a broader climate agenda,” she said. She also said a deal Obama reached this weekend with Chinese President Xi Jinping on reducing emissions of hydrofluorocarbons is the start of a “long and robust” global climate agenda.
We are moving in the right direction. I am confident keystone will be rejected. John Kerry has said that keystone is not in our national interest and has been leaning against it. Joe Biden is opposed to it too. Activists have been effective in pushing the administration against the dark forces.
Let's get speaker pelosi back so that "Obama can get a whole lot of stuff done", including comprehensive emergency climate change legislation.