Obama poised to take victory lap on climate

Obama poised to take victory lap on climate 21fh., 38

He’ll have a lot to talk about. The Tuesday speech will come exactly a month after negotiators from nearly 200 nations voted on an agreement in Paris to fight climate change.It will also be four months after the president rolled out his climate change rule for power plants, by far the most aggressive federal government action on greenhouse gases in history.

Climate change and clean energy have played a role in most of the annual State of the Union speeches from Obama. He often strikes a positive tone and calls for more clean energy use, like in 2011 and 2013. But he has also used the address for forceful warnings or calls for Congress to act.

He said last year that “no challenge poses a greater threat to future generations than climate change.” And, in his 2013 speech, he started to outline what he would do through executive actions if Congress didn’t take action.

The rule, officially the Clean Water Rule but otherwise known as Waters of the United States, has already been temporarily blocked by a federal court. But Republicans, who consider the rule regulatory overreach, have looked to block it legislatively as well.The Senate passed a Congressional Review Act resolution against the rule in November, and House Republicans will look to move it to the floor as early as next week.

Republicans will also begin moving a bill from Rep. Alex Mooney (R-W.Va.) to delay a proposed coal mining rule designed to protect rivers and streams from pollution.

Coal-country lawmakers have warned the regulation — an Office of Surface Mining proposal that is six years in the making — will hurt jobs in the coal industry. The Obama administration and Democrats have said that’s not the case.”In my state,” Mooney said at a House Natural Resources Committee hearing in September, “the thought of losing thousands more jobs [is] unconscionable.””This newly proposed rule will not only impact coal fields in West Virginia and Appalachia, but also have widespread implications across the country.”

source–timothy cama, devin henry,

Trump: Obama a hypocrite on climate change–21fh., b38

Republican presidential front-runner Donald Trump on Saturday accused President Obama of hypocrisy, saying he spews pollutants from Air Force One in order to deliver speeches on the threat of climate change.

“Watch Obama talking about the carbon footprint, and then he flies over Hawaii in an old 747 with the old engines spewing the hell out of it,” Trump said at a rally in Iowa.

“And then he gives a speech about global warming and the carbon footprint,” he added. “Gets into Air Force One, which is a very old Boeing 747, with the old, really big engines, and if you’re a believer in carbon footprint, you don’t like this, right?

“But think of it. Flies a 747 to Hawaii and back, and then he gets up and gives a speech about global warming. I mean, give me a break.”

The Republican primary front-runner also called the carbon tax a “scam.”

“I was just given a bill. I flew my plane into a certain location,” he said. “They sent me a bill for $2,200 — a carbon tax. I said, ‘What a scam. What kind of a scam is this?’ And my plane is a good plane, and it’s efficient.”

Trump also polled the audience to see how many believed in climate change, to which one person responded, “Al Gore.”

source–the hill, bradford richardson



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