In March, Secretary of State John Kerry said climate change is “the world’s most fearsome weapon of mass destruction.”
This was after the coldest winter in 100 years.
But facts won’t stop this administration.
Barack Obama is going to release new job-killing emissions regulations on power plants just in time for the election.
The AP reported:
Within weeks, President Barack Obama’s administration is set to unveil unprecedented emissions limits on power plants across the U.S., much to the dismay of many Democratic candidates who are running for election in energy-producing states. Fearful of a political backlash, they wish their fellow Democrat in the White House would hold off until after the voting.
But Obama can’t wait that long.
Unlike the Keystone XL oil pipeline, whose review the administration has delayed, probably until after November’s elections, the clock is ticking for the power plant rules — the cornerstone of Obama’s campaign to curb climate change. Unless he starts now, the rules won’t be in place before he leaves office, making it easier for his successor to stop them.
So even though the action could bolster Republican attacks against some of this year’s most vulnerable Democrats, the administration is proceeding at full speed. Obama’s counselor on climate issues, John Podesta, affirmed that the proposal will be unveiled in early June — just as this year’s general election is heating up.
“Having this debate now will only injure Democrats,” said Hank Sheinkopf, a longtime Democratic strategist. “Democrats are in trouble. The best thing when you’re in trouble is to avoid further controversy.”
To be sure, Americans generally support cutting pollution. A Pew Research Center poll late last year found 65 percent of Americans favor “setting stricter emission limits on power plants in order to address climate change,” while 30 percent were opposed.