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Will Obama's Clean Energy Plan Be Taken Seriously?

President Obama announced his Clean Energy Plan, detailing how the US can reduce carbon emissions to zero by the end of the century. The plan requires each state to abide by the plan. Will Obama's answer to climate change be taken seriously?

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last 24 hours | blog.heartland
Congressional GOP Leadership Calls Obama's 'Clean Energy Plan' a 'National ... - Somewhat Reasonable - Heartland Institute (blog)
"...There are no benefits to the tax and spend plan, but the costs are very real and will inflict pain on Americans. It will destroy jobs, discourage economic growth and cause energy bills to skyrocket' just like the President promised years ago, said the Speaker. This will be remembered as another irresponsible policy that makes it even harder for Americans to provide for their families and reach the American dream. The House and Senate leadership have said they will seek to stop this national energy tax, and lower energy costs for all Americans.Anticipating this proposal by presidential decree, on June 24, 2015, the House passed the Ratepayer Protection Act (H.R. 2042) which would ensure that states do not have to comply with the president's national energy tax until it is proven that it is legal. Earlier, on March 6, 2014, the House passed the Electricity Security and Affordability Act (H.R. 3826) to prevent the administration's new rules on coal-fired energy producers from taking effect unless the House and Senate approved them by law...." see full article


977 days ago | thedickinsonpress
Letter: North Dakota should follow Obama's clean energy lead - Dickinson Press
"...The Clean Power Plan will give our state and local leaders the push they need to act on this crucial issue by allowing us to count improvements in energy efficiency toward our mandate to decrease carbon pollution. With simple steps like upgrading to more energy-efficient appliances and light fixtures, stopping heat leaks out of our homes and unplugging electronics when they're not in use, North Dakota can cut our energy use dramatically.Investments in energy-efficiency programs, like home energy audits, are a win-win-win situation they create good, sustainable jobs in the clean energy economy, save money on utility bills for North Dakota families and save energy resources.I look to our state and local elected representatives to lead the way to a more energy efficient future through public education, programs to help families transition to energy-efficient appliances and light fixtures, and incentives for businesses that cut their energy use...." see full article


977 days ago | cnbc
The problem with Obama's clean-energy plan - CNBC
"...What's missing? The president's plan lacks an opportunity to more fully engage the most central player in the debate over how best to address climate change issues: the private sector, and, specifically, the capital markets, our crucible of innovation. By using a purely regulatory framework to fight climate change, the White House appears to be relying too heavily on caps and penalties as solutions when it could be taking better advantage of market-based mechanisms. Worse, the regulation comes before we have all of the data; for example, many electric utilities don't adequately disclose their efficiency or carbon-emissions data publicly...." see full article


988 days ago | huffingtonpost
The Obama Clean Energy Plan Moves Us Past the False Debate Over Climate Change - Huffington Post

"...There is a lot of opining about the Obama Administration's plan to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from power plants. Most of these comments deal with the details; what does the plan do and how, does it do enough (the reviews are decidedly mixed), and why does it prefer some forms of clean power -- solar and wind -- but not others -- nuclear or CCS (a political sop to lefty environmentalists who helped write the plan).But those narrow perspectives overlook something truly seminal about this important effort to deal with climate change; the fact that such a significant step is being taken in the first place. The EPA intervention to significantly reshape how America makes its electricity sends a loud clear message that the argument about whether anthropogenic climate change is real, is essentially over. May that faux "debate," driven by ideology and fueled and funded by greed, rest in in peace...." see full article


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989 days ago | therealnews
Dirty Truth About Obama's Clean Power Plan - The Real News Network
"...Well, Obama spoke about having time and flexibility, the two things that we don't have. And I would say that this just, his plan just ratifies what's already happening in the U.S. economy. So it's neither groundbreaking nor historic, because the percentage declines in emissions from the power sector already on-track to happen as a result of wider changes to do with the low cost of natural gas and the retirement of old coal plants. And the fact that you're giving states with dirtier energy more and more time to change and flexibility around that question, including counting nuclear power towards your clean power credits, I think illustrates that this is neither groundbreaking nor anywhere near the kind of thing, action, we need to avert dangerous climate change...." see full article


989 days ago | nytimes
Obama to Unveil Tougher Environmental Plan With His Legacy in Mind

"...As the president came to see the fight against climate change as central to his legacy, as important as the Affordable Care Act, he moved to strengthen the energy proposals, advisers said. The health law became the dominant political issue of the 2010 congressional elections and faced dozens of legislative assaults before surviving two Supreme Court challenges largely intact. Climate change is not a problem for another generation, not anymore, Mr. Obama said in a video posted on Facebook at midnight Saturday. He called the new rules the biggest, most important step we've ever taken to combat climate change. The most aggressive of the regulations requires the nation's existing power plants to cut emissions 32 percent from 2005 levels by 2030, an increase from the 30 percent target proposed in the draft regulation...." see full article


990 days ago | wsj
A Clean-Energy Breakthrough
"...With the Environmental Protection Agency's Clean Power Plan now final, the era of unlimited carbon pollution from U.S. power plants is finally coming to an end. That's excellent news, because climate change has put us in the race of our lives and the countries that move the fastest toward clean energy will be the most competitive, create the most jobs and have the healthiest air. It's a race to the top, and the Clean Power Plan gives the U.S. a better chance of winning.Some question whether the EPA has the authority to take this step. They are arguing a point that was settled eight years ago. The Supreme Court ruled in 2007 that the EPA has a clear responsibility under the Clean Air Act to act to reduce emissions of climate-altering pollution...." see full article


990 days ago | latimes
Obama's Clean Energy Plan doesn't go far enough - Los Angeles Times
"...The coal industry already has its legal claws honed for a court battle over President Obama's Clean Energy Plan, which was unveiled Monday, claiming that it will cost too much and render people jobless. Certainly, in the short term at least, slowing climate change by reducing carbon emissions won't be cheap and it won't be easy. But the science shows: We don't have a choice. Decades of denial and delay on global warming have sharpened the need for dramatic action now.Obama's plan requires the reduction of carbon emissions from power plants, the nation's single biggest source of greenhouse gases, by 32% in 2030 from what they were in 2005. States are given considerable flexibility in how they meet that goal, as long as they begin implementing their plans by 2022; California is already on track to meet and probably beat the target. Reductions would come largely by switching from coal, a particularly polluting source of power, to gas, solar and wind...." see full article


990 days ago | freep
Obama puts climate change on nation's political agenda - Detroit Free Press
"...For one thing, the U.S. can't take on global warming alone; reducing greenhouse gas emissions will require an equally muscular response by industrialized nations throughout the world, especially China and India.For another, the real impact of the new power-plant rules won't be evident until 2018, the deadline for states to submit final plans for complying with the limits announced Monday.But Obama's plan dramatically enhances American credibility in the international climate talks that are scheduled to begin in Paris this December. And it forces candidates for the presidency and for elective offices in the states that will have to comply with the new rules to say whether they intend to support the rules or join with the special interests that are conspiring to sabotage them...." see full article


990 days ago | washingtonpost
How the clean energy boom let EPA toughen up its carbon rules

"...In fact, the renewables boom has come on so fast in the United States that it actually appears to have allowed the EPA, and the Obama administration, to make the final Clean Power Plan more ambitious than its draft version, released a year ago. The final rule will achieve a projected 32 percent reduction in U.S. power sector greenhouse gas emissions below 2005 levels by the year 2030 as opposed to a 30 percent reduction in the 2014 proposed rule.Similarly, the EPA now expects 28 percent of U.S. electricity capacity to be provided by renewable sources like solar and wind in 2030, up from 22 percent in the 2014 rule, according to an administration fact sheet...." see full article


990 days ago | gizmodo
Obama's New Energy Plan, Explained - Gizmodo

"...The announcement of the Clean Power Plan is significant because it puts the the country's focus on moving towards renewable energy. But it's also notable because Obama specifically acknowledged carbon as a pollutant. There are plenty of restrictions on certain chemicals being released into the atmosphere from power plants, but as Obama pointed out, there has been no regulation from the federal government on carbon. Until now...." see full article


991 days ago | politicususa
President Obama Obliterates Republican Lies With A Clean Energy Plan Fact Bomb - PoliticusUSA
"...President Obama isn't waiting for Republicans and their Koch masters to get their attack machine into high gear. The criticisms that are certain to come to the surface have been floating around conservative media for months. The Koch brothers have been using their vast organizational network to spread misinformation, and right-wing blogs and websites have quickly jumped on board.The reality is that Republicans are opposed to clean air and human beings having a healthy environment to live in. Obama was correct. There is no war on coal. Coal jobs have been declining for decades due in large part to the rise of the natural gas industry.The tactics that Republicans and their allies are utilizing should seem familiar because this is the same strategy that they have used in their attempts to destroy Obamacare. Republicans want to scare people away from a plan that will help them through a barrage of lies and misinformation...." see full article



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