Obama lays out national plan to fight climate change (Update 2)

Jun 25, 2013 by Stephen Collinson
Heat waves emanate from the exhaust pipe of a city transit bus on April 25, 2013 in Los Angeles, California. US President Barack Obama will bypass climate change skeptics in Congress and order tough new rules to curb carbon emissions, citing a "moral obligation" to save a warming planet.

US President Barack Obama on Tuesday laid out a broad new plan to fight climate change, using executive powers to get around "flat earth" science deniers who have blocked action in Congress.

Obama called for new restrictions on existing and new power plants to curb carbon emissions, pledged to push new generation clean energy sources and to lead a fresh global effort to stem global warming.

Officials said the plan would allow the United States to meet a goal of cutting greenhouse gas emissions by 17 percent below 2005 levels by 2020, a pledge Obama made at the inconclusive Copenhagen summit in 2009.

Obama argued that Americans across the country were already paying the "price of inaction" against climate change, describing 2012 as the warmest year in human history, which parched farmlands in the US heartland.

"As a president, as a father, and as an American, I am here to say, we need to act," Obama said, in a speech delivered in the sweltering early afternoon heat outside Georgetown University, with an eye on his political legacy.

Obama said he had no patience for climate change deniers, including many in Congress, who dispute the science holding that carbon dioxide emissions contribute to a dangerously warming planet.

"We don't have time for a meeting of the Flat Earth Society," he said.

"Sticking your head in the sand might make you feel safer, but it is not going to protect you from the coming storm."

Obama also touched on the Keystone XL pipeline, which is designed to carry oil from the tar sands of Canada to the US Gulf Coast, and has become a cause celebre for environmentalists.

He warned the project, currently under State Department review to determine whether it is in the US national interest, should not be approved if it contributes to global warming.

"Our national interest will be served only if this project does not significantly exacerbate the problem of carbon pollution," Obama said.

The president is widely expected to approve the long-delayed project when it reaches his desk. The State Department has already concluded in a draft report that it would not significantly harm the environment.

A coal scraper machine works on a pile of coal at American Electric Power's (AEP) Mountaineer coal power plant in New Haven, West Virginia, October 30, 2009.

Canadian Natural Resources Minister Joe Oliver said Tuesday he was confident the project would get approved, insisting there would not be "any increase in emissions as a result of the construction of the pipeline."

Environmentalists, however, insist the pipeline would lead to the expansion of tar sands extraction in Alberta—a process they say creates the "dirtiest" oil on Earth.

Obama's plan is based on a three-pronged approach : cutting carbon pollution in the United States, mitigating the impact of climate change, and seeking international action to address it.

Obama committed to withdrawing support for coal-fired power plants abroad and offered to discuss new initiatives with big emitters like India and China.

He directed the Environmental Protection Agency to write rules to impose new standards for carbon emissions on new and existing power plants.

The plan calls for $8 billion in loan guarantees to support investments in innovative technologies and aims for a 20 percent increase in energy efficiency in commercial, industrial and residential buildings.

Some opponents of his approach have warned that the plan could result in older coal-fired plants being taken offline and may thereby raise electricity prices for consumers, which could disproportionately hurt the poor.

Officials counter that the plan will reduce the amount of electricity used—thereby reducing fuel bills.

The specifics of much of his plan were unclear, and many of Obama's new rules could face court challenges that would delay their implementation.

The president will be using the executive powers of his office since Congress—where there is widespread skepticism of climate change science and fear about the economic impact of mitigation efforts—has refused to act.

Obama also set a goal of reducing carbon pollution by three billion metric tons by 2030—a figure equivalent to more than half of the annual carbon pollution from the US energy sector.

Climate and environmental groups praised Obama's speech in advance.

Larry Schweiger, president and CEO of the National Wildlife Federation, said his speech was an "important step in the journey to end industrial carbon pollution."

Bob Ward, policy and communications director at the Grantham Research Institute on Climate Change and the Environment at the London School of Economics, welcomed Obama's "personal leadership."

But he warned: "Without the support of Congress for new federal legislation, the president is fighting this battle with one hand tied behind his back."

And Bill Snape, of the Washington-based Center for Biological Diversity, said what Obama was proposing "isn't big enough, and doesn't move fast enough, to match the terrifying magnitude of the climate crisis."

Republicans meanwhile accused Obama of waging a "war on coal" that would slap onerous regulations and unreasonable environmental targets on power stations—a few shared by some Democrats.

Democratic Senator Joe Manchin, from the coal-producing state of West Virginia, said Obama's plan would have "disastrous consequences" for the recovering economy.

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freethinking
1.7 / 5 (27) Jun 25, 2013
Ever wonder why all these pro-obama articles keep coming up? Is it to get all his scandals and incompetence out of the news?

Where is his plan to reduce unemployment?
Where is his plan to stop the government from spying on all Americans?
Where is his plan to tell the truth about Bengahzi?
Where is his plan to stop the IRS from going after Conservative groups?
Where is his plan to stop the DOJ from going after the media who report negative things about him?
Where is his plan to protect the constitution?

Maggnus
3.8 / 5 (17) Jun 25, 2013
Yep just another conspiracist/tea-party/bunker-dwelling reboot. Better run to your bunker there dumdum, the Beta-reticulans are coming to get you!
runrig
4 / 5 (20) Jun 25, 2013
Ever wonder why all these pro-obama articles keep coming up? Is it to get all his scandals and incompetence out of the news?

Where is his plan to reduce unemployment?
Where is his plan to stop the government from spying on all Americans?
Where is his plan to tell the truth about Bengahzi?
Where is his plan to stop the IRS from going after Conservative groups?
Where is his plan to stop the DOJ from going after the media who report negative things about him?
Where is his plan to protect the constitution?


I don't bl***y care....

I'm not an American and this is science site for f***s sake!
VENDItardE
1.5 / 5 (23) Jun 25, 2013
Ever wonder why all these pro-obama articles keep coming up? Is it to get all his scandals and incompetence out of the news?

Where is his plan to reduce unemployment?
Where is his plan to stop the government from spying on all Americans?
Where is his plan to tell the truth about Bengahzi?
Where is his plan to stop the IRS from going after Conservative groups?
Where is his plan to stop the DOJ from going after the media who report negative things about him?
Where is his plan to protect the constitution?


I don't bl***y care....

I'm not an American and this is science site for f***s sake!


REALLY? Since when did this become a science site? It's nothing more than a place for socialist trolls to make each other feel better about their worthless lives.
Howhot
4.1 / 5 (17) Jun 25, 2013
Ever wonder why all these pro-obama articles keep coming up? Is it to get all his scandals and incompetence out of the news?

Where is his plan to reduce unemployment?
Where is his plan to stop the government from spying on all Americans?
Where is his plan to tell the truth about Bengahzi?
Where is his plan to stop the IRS from going after Conservative groups?
Where is his plan to stop the DOJ from going after the media who report negative things about him?
Where is his plan to protect the constitution?


I don't bl***y care....

I'm not an American and this is science site for f***s sake!


What a rightwing troll the @freeshrink is. Troll troll troll-in. I think we can call him freeshrink from now on, because his words will shrink free minds and democratic values to a tiny small speck.

Sean_W
2 / 5 (20) Jun 25, 2013
"Flat earth" science deniers.


That classy, non-partisan, uniter/lightworker.
deepsand
3.5 / 5 (24) Jun 25, 2013
Ever wonder why all these pro-obama articles keep coming up? Is it to get all his scandals and incompetence out of the news?

Where is his plan to reduce unemployment?
Where is his plan to stop the government from spying on all Americans?
Where is his plan to tell the truth about Bengahzi?
Where is his plan to stop the IRS from going after Conservative groups?
Where is his plan to stop the DOJ from going after the media who report negative things about him?
Where is his plan to protect the constitution?

Where is your plan to learn and discuss Science?

One wearies of your constant pecking at one aspect of a subject like an insane woodpecker looking for a grub in a block of concrete.
vlaaing peerd
4.1 / 5 (14) Jun 26, 2013
good, finally a US president that adresses the issue in a serious manner. It will definitely give the US a more credible position on the matter (unlike other presidents ratifying Kyoto protocols and not even remotely attempting to follow up). We need the US and China to join or else the efforts will be useless.

How your presidents are perceived nationally is none of my concern, what I can tell you is that since some rough 15 years, Obama put back the credibility and trust in stable overseas politics and partnerships.

Let me put it another way, how safe would you feel if a country like China was ruled by some war-mongering-gun-slinging-old-boys-lobby-sensitive-redneck that appears to have as much intellect as he has ideals and principles?

MR166
1.7 / 5 (24) Jun 26, 2013
There is no doubt that this is all part of a plan to bring the US to it's knees. Your electric rates will double and whats left of our industry will move offshore. A new agency will be formed to subsidize the poor (all of us now) who cannot afford the high rates.

This my friends is how big government works.
JohnGee
3.4 / 5 (20) Jun 26, 2013
Where is his plan to reduce unemployment?
Unemployment is getting consistently better. I'd say the plan is being executed and working.
Where is his plan to stop the government from spying on all Americans?
The programs have been explained and are not of the scope conservatives dishonestly claim.
Where is his plan to tell the truth about Bengahzi?
He has.
Where is his plan to stop the IRS from going after Conservative groups?
The IRS is going after tax evading groups. There happens to be a lot of overlap with the conservative movement.
Where is his plan to stop the DOJ from going after the media who report negative things about him?
This one I'm not terribly knowledgeable on. I can't tell if it's entirely made up or blown out of proportion.
Where is his plan to protect the constitution?
Show me any president's official written plan for protecting the Constitution.
ryggesogn2
1.4 / 5 (21) Jun 26, 2013
Unemployment is getting consistently better. I'd say the plan is being executed and working.

Where? It's easy to fudge the numbers with such poor stats being kept. The real indicator will be how many are NOT on some sort of public welfare: food stamps, disability, ....
It's great in ND where there is private sector oil drilling.
Show me any president's official written plan for protecting the Constitution.

So the oath they swear is just a lie. But anything a politician, especially a socialist one, says or writes, is a lie.
JohnGee
3.7 / 5 (18) Jun 26, 2013
The real indicator will be how many are NOT on some sort of public welfare: food stamps, disability, ....
medicare, child tax credit, subsidized mortgage, anyone who works for a company that receives subsidies like oil companies, ....

I bet you're on that list somewhere.
ryggesogn2
1.4 / 5 (21) Jun 26, 2013
The real indicator will be how many are NOT on some sort of public welfare: food stamps, disability, ....
medicare, child tax credit, subsidized mortgage, anyone who works for a company that receives subsidies like oil companies, ....

I bet you're on that list somewhere.

I would be very happy if the govt ended ALL subsidies.
Would you?
I pay taxes and anything I can do to get that money back is fair game. Because it is MY money. NOT yours OR the govts.
antigoracle
1.5 / 5 (23) Jun 26, 2013
Vicar Gore is licking his chops as his goal to be the first CO2 billionaire takes a jump.
Howhot
4.3 / 5 (12) Jun 26, 2013
Anti, if your so certain your arch nemesis Al Gore is certain to profit on CO2, why aren't you investing with a margin call on the CO2 market? Put your money where your mouth is dude!

"Vicar Gore is licking his chops as his goal to be the first CO2 billionaire takes a jump."
MR166
1.2 / 5 (18) Jun 27, 2013
Government subsidies/tax breaks will never end since that is the currency that the politicians use to purchase votes. Vote for me and I will gladly use my power to take money from others and give it to you. THAT is how our system works in this day and age. Whatever scheme can generate the most votes becomes the law of the land.
antigoracle
1.4 / 5 (22) Jun 27, 2013
Anti, if your so certain your arch nemesis Al Gore is certain to profit on CO2, why aren't you investing with a margin call on the CO2 market? Put your money where your mouth is dude!

"Vicar Gore is licking his chops as his goal to be the first CO2 billionaire takes a jump."

Your Vicar Gore has already profited tremendously from the CO2 lie.
http://www.telegr...nda.html

So, to answer your question, morality and integrity is more valuable to me than money. Can you say the same for your Vicar?
Howhot
4.2 / 5 (15) Jun 27, 2013
So, to answer your question, morality and integrity is more valuable to me than money. Can you say the same for your Vicar?

Translation; too dumb to know anything except what your master feeds you.
deepsand
3.6 / 5 (17) Jun 28, 2013
Vicar Gore is licking his chops as his goal to be the first CO2 billionaire takes a jump.

One wearies of your constant pecking at one aspect of a subject like an insane woodpecker looking for a grub in a block of concrete.
VendicarE
4.3 / 5 (6) Jun 30, 2013
"Your Vicar Gore has already profited tremendously from the CO2." - Anti-Gore-Tard

Such Jealousy.

If only you had been as bright and Gore has been.

i had my car's CO2 emissions checked today.

They used a IR spectrometer to measure the excess absorption of CO2 in the exhaust.

Are the manufacturers of those IR Spectrometers part of your alleged global warming conspiracy as well?

Well, TardieBoy?

VendicarE
5 / 5 (5) Jun 30, 2013
"his goal to be the first CO2 billionaire" - Anti-Gore-Tard

Odd how Republicans always seem to hate people with more money then they have.

Awwwww... You Poor Little TardieBoy.
VendicarE
5 / 5 (5) Jun 30, 2013
"I would be very happy if the govt ended ALL subsidies." - RyggTard

I agree. Government shouldn't be subsidizing the construction of bridges.

All bridges should be troll bridges.

Government shouldn't be subsidizing the construction of roads.

All roads should be troll roads.

Government shouldn't be subsidizing the health care of the elderly.

They should die in the gutter where they belong.

Government shouldn't be subsidizing basic scientific research.

Only for profit corporations can be trusted to perform basic scientific research.

What a wonderful place America would be when walking down the sidewalk would require paying a Libertarian Troll for the privilege.

VendicarE
5 / 5 (5) Jun 30, 2013
"it is MY money" - RyggTard

My, My My.. Mine, Mine, Mine.. Money, Money, Money

That pretty much sums up the life of the typical low life Libertarian.

It is a mental disease, and the explanation of why People like RyggTard have spend the last 50 years trying to destroy their own nation.

VendicarE
5 / 5 (5) Jun 30, 2013
" But anything a politician, especially a socialist one, says or writes, is a lie." - RyggTard

Is that why your hero Ayn Rand was a welfare queen?

Is it why Republican John Christy says of Obama... "Everything he said he would do, he has done."

Poor RyggTard. Your nonsense rambling just doesn't have any real connection to reality.
VendicarE
5 / 5 (5) Jun 30, 2013
"There is no doubt that this is all part of a plan to bring the US to it's knees." - MR166

No. That plan is known as "Starve the beast" and is a Republican plan to bankrupt America in order to force a reduction in the size of American Government.

It is treason of course. But traitors are what Republicans are.

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