Obama says Keystone can't increase carbon pollution
June 25th, 2013
03:45 PM ET
5 years ago

Obama says Keystone can't increase carbon pollution

Washington (CNN) - President Barack Obama made clear on Tuesday that the State Department should approve the Keystone XL pipeline only if it will not increase overall greenhouse gas emissions, and he unveiled a plan for new limits on pollution from coal-fired power plants.

Obama raised the two politically charged issues during an address on second-term environmental priorities that included a plan of executive action, a pledge to lead globally and an appeal for Americans to redouble efforts to combat climate change.


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  1. S.B. Stein

    Various Conservatives and Republicans have said that Obama is leading from behind. This is his chance to start leading from the front. If we are able to develop all the new sources of energy and anti-pollution technology, then countries will have to pay us to keep the planet clean.

    June 25, 2013 06:51 am at 6:51 am |
  2. onlyfacts

    Fox "news" will tell it's followers, this is government over reach and Obama is hurting "jobs", and the followers will believe and we will continue to cook the planet. TURN OFF FOX "news"!

    June 25, 2013 06:52 am at 6:52 am |
  3. Rick McDaniel

    That means he is going to take away our power, by making it so expensive we can't afford it.

    Obama is a traitor to America.......and he always has been.

    June 25, 2013 07:25 am at 7:25 am |
  4. Free Man in the Republic of Texas


    Love the smell of REGULATION in the morning !!!
    It smells like TYRANNY

    FORWARD >>> >>> >>> >>> >>> >>>
    All of america can be like DETROIT

    Hope & Change
    Yes WE Can

    Let's ALL sing Hymn # 3
    What a friend WE have in: THE IRS

    June 25, 2013 07:53 am at 7:53 am |
  5. Gurgyl

    Go for Green energy. Nation needs this one so does this world.

    June 25, 2013 08:04 am at 8:04 am |
  6. Rudy NYC

    What is not being said in this article is that Pres. Obama is trying to return to pre-GWB environmental regulations.

    June 25, 2013 08:05 am at 8:05 am |
  7. Data Driven

    I'm sure, given his past history on the big issues, that he would've preferred a nice big deal with Congress, because he apparently loves to be seen as the leader of a large consensus, but Congress can't even pass a farm bill. So, Executive Order it is. Howl away, conservatives, but he has the Constitutional right to make these decisions that fall outside of Congress' immediate purview.

    Going forward, almost all decisions on the environment will have to be made this way. The so-called "United States Congress" (i.e., slaves happily beholden to the masters who paid their way to those chambers) will do nothing on climate change.

    Yep, we have an elective monarchy. But that's not necessarily the monarch's doing, now is it? Take a bow, Congress!

    June 25, 2013 08:30 am at 8:30 am |
  8. Name

    Silly humans, they think they are relevant.

    June 25, 2013 08:32 am at 8:32 am |