May 6th, 2014
10:58 AM ET
7 months ago

Inside Politics speed read: Can Obama do anything on climate change?

WH: Climate change is happening now, and it is alarming: The White House has released a years-in-the-making climate change assessment that predicts the alarming effects of rapidly changing global weather patterns. Rising sea levels, more droughts in the West, more hurricanes and more tornadoes will affect every American, the report says.

So what to do about it? Congress has shown no willingness to act. Democrats passed a sweeping climate change bill in 2010 and promptly lost their control of the House of Representatives.

President Obama is expected to enact new regulations unilaterally in June that would place new restrictions on power plants. The White House climate change fixer, new special adviser John Podesta, said efforts by Republicans to rein in Obama’s climate change authority have “zero chance” of working.

“They’ll find various ways, particularly in the House, to try to stop us from using the authority we have under the Clean Air Act.  All I would say is that those have zero percent chance of working.  We’re committed to moving forward with those rules.  We’re committed to maintaining the authority, and the President’s authority to ensure that the Clean Air Act is fully implemented.  That's critical to the health of the American people, the health of the economy and the health of our environment.”

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soundoff (28 Responses)
  1. Tommy G

    Can Obama do anything on climate change?
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    Yes, shut his big mouth and stop spewing all his lies and hot air. Over the last 6 years he is personally responsible for .1% increase in global temperatures.

    May 6, 2014 10:59 am at 10:59 am |
  2. Sniffit

    "So what to do about it? Congress has shown no willingness to act. Democrats passed a sweeping climate change bill in 2010 and promptly lost their control of the House of Representatives."

    Wow. How long did it take you to come up with a way of phrasing it all to sound like the Dems fault?

    #5MinutesToBenghazi

    May 6, 2014 11:05 am at 11:05 am |
  3. it must be said

    Hmmmm.... do I smell the insane Cap & Trade nonsense going back???

    I guess the Democrats have no record of success to run on so they are very busy ginning up all these ridiculous topics to distract from their 8 year record of dismal failure. The Democrat Party of lies and deceit is now branching out into the massive scare tactics as well. Nothing really new there though.

    May 6, 2014 11:14 am at 11:14 am |
  4. Harold Read

    "If you like your climate change, you can keep your climate change. Period."

    May 6, 2014 11:16 am at 11:16 am |
  5. Dems in PA

    No president Obama can ‘t anything; this is a diversion to mislead the public; to take the focus off the Benghazi Investigation.

    May 6, 2014 11:18 am at 11:18 am |
  6. Gunderson

    Um, yes,
    Resign. Too much hot air coming from white house now. Re-read Chicken Little.

    May 6, 2014 11:21 am at 11:21 am |
  7. otlset

    If any governmental/legislative 'action' is taken to "fight climate change", what will be the observable measures of success? What actually are the measurable climate characteristic *goals* we would expect to achieve? Especially since "extreme weather events" have been occurring since the earth's beginning, and will continue to do so.

    These are questions that climate 'prognosticators' and Obama and progressives that push for "doing something" can not answer. But that want us to throw money at it anyway. Idiots.

    May 6, 2014 11:24 am at 11:24 am |
  8. Rudy Haugeneder -- CANADA

    If harsh weather is a significant factor in depressing economic growth, what will happen when the monster El Nino many are predicting begins to hit in a couple of months, lasting at least a year or so, and then followed by at least couple of years of incredibly hot weather around the globe and which will rapidly accelerate already rapid Climate Change?
    Will the El Nino be the irreversible tipping point that will do what scientists expect should take decades, and reduce the time frame to a couple of dozen months? Perhaps or worse yet, probably.

    May 6, 2014 11:24 am at 11:24 am |
  9. Gurgyl

    --It is not just Obama, I think entire congress/senate need to take care of this without political Greed. Then USA needs to involve the world, mainly India, China. If not entire planet is in jeopardy. India is worried for Dollar value Raise, leaving main problems. Just focus on these two nations. Yes, weather is changing drastically so is Climate. Pump more energy-Efficient cars, light bulbs, solar panels etc. God bless!!!

    May 6, 2014 11:27 am at 11:27 am |
  10. Sniffit

    When the only tool you have is Benghazi....everything looks like Benghazi....

    May 6, 2014 11:33 am at 11:33 am |
  11. O'drama ya Mama

    Tommy G

    Can Obama do anything on climate change?
    -–

    Yes, shut his big mouth and stop spewing all his lies and hot air. Over the last 6 years he is personally responsible for .1% increase in global temperatures.
    May 6, 2014 10:59 am at 10:59 am |
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    At any point while you were typing out this response, most likely in an angry rage, did you stop and laugh at how utterly ridiculous you sound?

    May 6, 2014 11:36 am at 11:36 am |
  12. Rick McDaniel

    Yes.......but he won't. No country on this planet has admitted, that the number one cause of climate change, is human overpopulation, NOR will any country place a moratorium on population growth. Getting everyone to admit the real problem, and to take action to solve it, is, in my view impossible.

    Obama isn't even bright enough to see the real problem, so no, he will do nothing to solve it.

    May 6, 2014 11:40 am at 11:40 am |
  13. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    new special adviser John Podesta, said efforts by Republicans to rein in Obama’s climate change authority have “zero chance” of working
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    Music to my ears.
    Play it again:
    'efforts by Republicans to rein in Obama’s climate change authority have “zero chance” of working'
    And again:
    'efforts by Republicans to rein in Obama’s climate change authority have “zero chance” of working'.

    May 6, 2014 11:41 am at 11:41 am |
  14. truth doesn't matter anymore, just ideology

    So when the Democrats outlaw coal and oil, what will we use? And what will the rest of the world be doing? They will be using these fossil fuels. What we do will make zero difference unless the whole world is forced to do without fossil fuels. What is Obama's plan to make that happen? He doesn't have one. This is all a scam people. Just another Democrat scam to take more of your money and make your life worse, not better.

    May 6, 2014 11:41 am at 11:41 am |
  15. Boomer in Mo

    I believe the cascade of events has started and cannot be stopped. Mankind is doomed. I am old enough that I hope I will be long gone when worldwide famine and raging mobs of hungry people start killing for food and water. Meanwhile, I have a huge garden, my family is well qualified to raise or hunt and butcher our own meat and we are all trying to lessen our carbon footprint as much as possible.

    May 6, 2014 11:48 am at 11:48 am |
  16. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    O'drama ya Mama

    Tommy G

    Can Obama do anything on climate change?
    -–

    Yes, shut his big mouth and stop spewing all his lies and hot air. Over the last 6 years he is personally responsible for .1% increase in global temperatures.
    May 6, 2014 10:59 am at 10:59 am |
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    At any point while you were typing out this response, most likely in an angry rage, did you stop and laugh at how utterly ridiculous you sound?
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    Lord knows we did!!

    May 6, 2014 11:53 am at 11:53 am |
  17. The sky is falling, the sky is falling!!!

    Rudy Haugeneder - CANADA

    If harsh weather is a significant factor in depressing economic growth, what will happen when the monster El Nino many are predicting begins to hit in a couple of months, lasting at least a year or so, and then followed by at least couple of years of incredibly hot weather around the globe and which will rapidly accelerate already rapid Climate Change?
    Will the El Nino be the irreversible tipping point that will do what scientists expect should take decades, and reduce the time frame to a couple of dozen months? Perhaps or worse yet, probably.
    --–

    OMG!!! We all should be drawing up our wills and preparing to die!! Wait a minute, nobody to pass it to, they will be dead too!! OOH WHOA IS ME!! I"M TOO YOUNG TO DIE!!! AND ALL BECAUSE OF COW FARTS!!!!

    Just gotta love these lefties!! Always a disaster in the making, THEM!

    May 6, 2014 11:58 am at 11:58 am |
  18. Bill from GA

    As long as the Flat-Earth Society (aka Republican Party) has a NO-Vote in our government, we will see little done about Climate Change.

    May 6, 2014 11:59 am at 11:59 am |
  19. Gurgyl

    --let me say this to John King, Pres. Obama was very much focused on passing ACA Law in the first term. On March10, 2009 he signed the Healthcare legislation which this nation can NOT postpone any longer, signed into law. Just know it, today Harvard Review said it is a very successful. It saved millions of people. John King is better off if he stops this nonsense.

    May 6, 2014 12:00 pm at 12:00 pm |
  20. TONE

    Tommy G

    Can Obama do anything on climate change?

    You, and your sources are liars the deregulations of the EPA during the Bush years is to blame for this, it probably would have been worst if wasn't for president Obama.

    May 6, 2014 12:02 pm at 12:02 pm |
  21. TONE

    What can the President do with a congress full of extremist that do not believe in global warming? absolutely nothing. If Americans need to help then we need to get rid of the entire GOP congress in November.

    May 6, 2014 12:06 pm at 12:06 pm |
  22. bobo

    Yes...... He can bankrupt America faster!!! We fall behind while China and Russia grow stronger. This President and Progressives as a whole are one big Failure!

    May 6, 2014 12:14 pm at 12:14 pm |
  23. Silence DoGood

    @Bill from GA
    As long as the Flat-Earth Society (aka Republican Party) has a NO-Vote in our government, we will see little done about Climate Change.
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    No Climate change, no evolution, guns in schools, revise history of the US.
    Gee I wonder why other countries are turning out more scientists and engineers. Hmmmmmmmmmmm.

    May 6, 2014 12:14 pm at 12:14 pm |
  24. cured hog

    The world is six thousand years old.

    May 6, 2014 12:26 pm at 12:26 pm |
  25. Rudy NYC

    Dems in PA

    @Rudy NYC
    You have just constructed your own realities and alternate histories.
    Add back in the people that this administration just drops off the unemployment roles and you get the actual unemployment (welcome to reality). I guess this administration doesn’t think the million plus people they dropped with the last unemployment report are real. I see that’s the realities you live in; just not the real world.
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    Ever since long term unemployment benefits have been cut, then tens of thousands of people are no longer reporting themselves as unemployed. They have dropped off of the radar. Want 'em back? Restore long term UI benefits, and you will likely see the unemployment rate rise again.

    May 6, 2014 12:30 pm at 12:30 pm |
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