May 6th, 2014
10:58 AM ET
9 years 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.

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“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.”

Related: White House set to lay out climate risks

The Obama administration and the State Department have dragged their feet on making a decision regarding whether to allow completion of the controversial Keystone XL oil pipeline. An effort by lawmakers on both sides of the aisle to force the issue seemed close to a successful vote as soon as Tuesday. But as CNN reported Monday, three senators who supported a nonbinding resolution in favor of the pipeline now say they’ll oppose the binding version. The senators whose resolve has loosened are Democrats Bill Nelson of Florida, Chris Coons of Delaware and Tim Johnson of South Dakota.

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Three questions we hope today’s North Carolina primary will answer:

Can the establishment – to borrow a phrase from Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell – “crush” the tea party and avoid a runoff in the Senate primary? Not if Rand Paul can help it.

Will Clay Aiken, after being runner-up on “American Idol,” be runner-up in his Democratic congressional primary, too?

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Has Walter Jones, the anti-war Republican who represents one of the largest Marine Corps bases in the country, finally drifted too far from his party?

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soundoff (28 Responses)
  1. Thomas

    Gunderson and bobo ,

    Listen to 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.


    Overpopulation , the planet will become unsustainable .

    I agree with you 100% on this Rick.

    May 6, 2014 12:32 pm at 12:32 pm |
  2. just asking

    so when is obama going to get the rest of the world to stop polluting??? we are not the worse polluters. he should lead the way to get india and china to stop polluting before wrecking our economy further with this insanity.

    oh, and by the way, if a volcano erupts, all of this effort and expense won't mean a thing. this is a total farce people.

    May 6, 2014 12:40 pm at 12:40 pm |
  3. Dean

    I thought Obama was going to wave his mighty staff and stop the seas from rising? Oh well...another failed campaign promise.

    May 6, 2014 12:47 pm at 12:47 pm |
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