Obama’s Power Plant Rules Seek To Reduce CO2 By 30%

by William Teach | June 2, 2014 7:50 am

Of course, not while he’s in office. Nor anytime soon. The full details of Obama’s energy cost skyrocketing plan will be released by the EPA today

(Wall Street Journal[1]) The Environmental Protection Agency will propose a draft rule on Monday seeking a 30% reduction in carbon-dioxide emissions by 2030 from existing power plants based on emission levels from 2005, according to two people who have been briefed on the rule, setting in motion the main piece of President Barack Obama’s climate-change agenda.

The rule, scheduled to be completed one year from now, will give flexibility to the states, which must implement the rules and submit compliance plans to EPA by June 2016. States can decide how to meet the reductions, including joining or creating new cap-and-trade programs, deploying more renewable energy or ramping up energy-efficiency technologies.

Each state will have different percent reduction standards, and the national average will be 25% by 2020 and 30% by 2030, these people said.

Essentially, this is no more than throwing a bone to the unhinged Warmists, and not much different from the “spreading awareness” campaigns Warmists have engaged in for 25 years. It will do little, and possibly never be initiated. If a Republican wins the White House, he/she can throw the rules out immediately. Lawsuits will surely be filed by the end of this year, and they will continue on easily through 2016. Funny how the rules do not have to be in place prior to Obama leaving the White House, eh?

What we do know is that Democrats in energy producing states are distancing themselves from Obama[2] over these coming rules. The Hockey Schtick[3] notes that these rules will do nothing for climate or public health. Amy Ridenour[4] has ten reasons why Obama shouldn’t impose “climate change” rules, including

Many, many states are already looking to blunt[5] the soon to be released rules. You can bet most controlled by Republicans will simply blow them off.

I’ve noted many, many times (as others have), that there has been no statistically significant warming in 17 years and 9 months. This, despite CO2 levels continuing to increase. Something else to note

Pretty much every single poll finds “climate change”, which is, sadly, rolled in under the banner of environment/pollution, to be last to dead last on the list of Things Americans Are Concerned About.

Really, this will be much-ado-over-nothing. It’s simply an in-the-moment distraction from Team Obama, meant to deflect from all the other bad news. That said, it will make a nice attack point for the GOP as we approach the mid-terms.

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Endnotes:
  1. Wall Street Journal: http://online.wsj.com/articles/epa-power-plant-proposal-will-seek-30-carbon-dioxide-emissions-cut-by-2030-sources-1401650325
  2. distancing themselves from Obama: http://hockeyschtick.blogspot.com/2014/06/wsj-dems-in-energy-producing-states.html
  3. The Hockey Schtick: http://hockeyschtick.blogspot.com/2014/06/epa-regulations-on-co2-will-accomplish.html
  4. Amy Ridenour: http://www.nationalcenter.org/NPA659.html
  5. already looking to blunt: http://www.thegwpf.org/u-s-states-already-moving-to-blunt-obamas-carbon-plan/
  6. Pirate’s Cove: http://www.thepiratescove.us/
  7. @WilliamTeach: http://twitter.com/WilliamTeach

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