Obama unveils new climate change team to lead EPA and White House’s fight to cut emissions
Climate change may never be settled, but it’s not beyond the realms of possibility that the Obama administration’s climate change efforts could find themselves ent바카라angled in an endless series of legal battles over the meaning of “climate change,” potentially affecting every aspect of Americans’ lives.
The administration announced on Thursday the formation of the new “Clean Power Plan” enforcement team — a team of 20 or so climate science deniers who will review the regulations that the president signed into law last week.
“The Clean Power Plan was a key legislative goal and we hope to take immediate action to move it through Congress,” said Tom Steyer, executive director of the climate change super PAC 350.org. “On a deeper level, we’re focused on getting the Obama administration to do everything it can to stop the president’s climate policies.”
In other words, the Clean Power Plan could become a legal battleground over which president can unilaterally dismantle environmental policies on whim. So far, the Supreme Court has not sided with the EPA over the limits on mercury emissions.
But that may change. Last week, the Supreme Court upheld an e더킹카지노arlier ruling by the court of appeals that the government cannot impose a limit on the amount of mercury that can be shipped from coal-fired power plants on to an ocean and then turned back to the market. That means that even as environmentalists and consumer groups are preparing to seek to challenge the rule, the Clean Power Plan is set to take up a lot of water.
A petition to overturn the ruling is currently at 100,000 signatures in 24 states alone. And even if the court doesn’t take up the case, as some states may attempt to do, that would be a setback for the Clean Power Plan — the administration will be forced to find another way to control the power grid before the power plant rule is repealed.
The White House did not respond to a request for comment on the court case.
Last week’s announcement came after Republicans in the House voted nearly 70-16 to repeal the Clean Power Plan while leaving the regulation to be replaced with a “safer coal” alternative, which in effect would be just the same as what the president has decided to do. House Speaker John Boehner argued against the Clean Power Plan, but he would have to get more Democratic support for an actual repeal and repl바카라ace of the plan, and that is unlikely to happen.
On the Senate side, GOP Sens. Mitch McConnell, R-Ky.