Will Obama’s Climate Plan Succeed?

Are Obama’s latest dictatorial decrees aimed at improving the weather by attacking the energy industry like to succeed? That depends on their purpose.

If you take them at face value, the obvious answer is no. Even prominent global warming profiteer James Hansen agrees:

“The actions are practically worthless,” said James Hansen, a climate researcher who headed NASA’s Goddard’s Institute for Space Studies for over 30 years and first warned congress of global warming in 1988. “They do nothing to attack the fundamental problem.”

“You’ve got to be kidding,” he wrote, when asked if the plan would make continued climate activism unnecessary. Obama’s plan, and for that matter the proposed plan Democratic front-runner Hillary Clinton, he continued, “is like the fellow who walks to work instead of driving, and thinks he is saving the world.”

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Hansen may be gullible or economically motivated enough to believe that human activity is causing the temperature to rise and that this is a bad thing, but he would be in a rubber room on Thorazine if he literally thought Obama’s attacks on our standard of living will affect the temperature.

But Obama himself isn’t necessarily crazy — just wicked. If the point is purely malevolent, his “climate plan” will succeed:

Obama’s plan targeting coal-burning power plants will cost a quarter of a million jobs and shrink the coal industry by nearly half, according to a new report by the American Action Forum (AAF).

The president released final regulations from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) on Monday, which require every state to meet strict emission standards for coal-burning power plants in the next 15 years.

The so-called “Clean Power Plan” will cost the industry $8.4 billion, nearly 10 times more expensive than the most burdensome regulation released this year, according to AAF, a center-right think tank led by Douglas Holtz-Eakin, former director of the Congressional Budget Office.

“This week, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released its final greenhouse gas (GHG) standards for existing power plants,” according to the report, authored by AAF’s director of regulatory policy Sam Batkins. “The final plan will shutter 66 power plants and eliminate 125,800 jobs in the coal industry.”

“Perhaps more alarming, using the 2012 baseline for coal generation and projections for 2030 output, the industry could shrink by 48 percent,” the report said.

Keep in mind that this is not about preventing power plants from producing actual pollution. This is about carbon dioxide, a crucial component of the atmosphere without which plants cannot grow. It is a pollutant only in the fever dreams of liberal ideologues, who believe as a matter of unfounded faith that CO2 makes it be too hot outside.

Future historians have their work cut out for them, trying to figure out how Obama was elected even after publicly proclaiming that he wanted to bankrupt the coal industry and cause energy prices to “skyrocket” in the name of his malign ideology.

On tips from Rob E and Stormfax. Cross-posted at Moonbattery.

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