By Josh Marks

Obama: If Congress Doesn’t Act on Climate Change, ‘I Will’

February 13, 2013 4:27 pm Category: Memo Pad 11 Comments A+ / A-

President Obama followed up his forceful call for climate action at his second inaugural address with a State of the Union message to Congress that if they fail to act, he will.

“I urge this Congress to pursue a bipartisan, market-based solution to climate change, like the one John McCain and Joe Lieberman worked on together a few years ago. But if Congress won’t act soon to protect future generations, I will. I will direct my cabinet to come up with executive actions we can take, now and in the future, to reduce pollution, prepare our communities for the consequences of climate change, and speed the transition to more sustainable sources of energy.”

The pledge to take executive action is an acknowledgement that the votes aren’t there right now for comprehensive climate legislation, given that many congressional Republicans deny the consensus of 97 percent of scientists that human activity is causing climate change and are against regulating greenhouse gas emissions.

A recent analysis by the World Resources Insitute (WRI) reports that the United States is not on track to reach the international commitment to reduce greenhouse gas emissions (GHG) by 17 percent by 2020 (below 2005 levels). The GHG emissions pledge was made at the 2009 United Nations climate negotiations. The WRI analysis recommends the following executive actions to achieve the 17 percent emissions reduction target:

– Reduce carbon emissions from existing power plants and natural gas systems through the EPA’s authority under the Clean Air Act.

– Phase out hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs) through the Montreal Protocol process and the authority under the Clean Air Act.

– Work with states and localities to increase energy efficiency, generate more renewable energy, and build more low-carbon alternative transportation.

President Obama also plans to take his climate action message to the people. Following Tuesday night’s State of the Union speech, the president addressed supporters around the country on a conference call through the administration’s new grassroots advocacy group, Organizing for Action.

One issue the president didn’t mention was whether he will reject the controversial Keystone XL pipeline in the coming months.

On February 17, thousands of climate activists will descend upon Washington to call for the president to reject the pipeline and take immediate action on climate change. The Forward on Climate Rally is being billed by organizers as the biggest climate change rally in history.

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  • option31

    No matter if you support a Republican or Democrat this EO thing is out of hand. GWB did his and now President Obama is doing his. We elect a President not a dictator. Our system has rules, checks and balances so we do not end up like some third world banana republic. Which is what we are quickly becoming. You can’t support President Obama’s EO’s and not support the next guys or the past guys. One thing we have seem to have lost in the last couple of decades is the concept of right and wrong – as long as my guy is doing it it’s okay but not that other guy.

    • charleo1

      You are correct in pointing out the double standard of scrutiny when it comes to, “our guy,”
      vs.,”their guy.” Generally the way it works is, we become emotionally invested, so we make
      excuses, and explanations, rather than hold the person to account. This, by the way applies
      in the negative as well. The legal underpinning for executive orders is found in the
      Constitution, where a President’s order of this nature is considered law. The reason it is
      not dictatorial, or an act outside the Constitution, is the order is subject to Congressional
      repeal in the Senate, with a two thirds majority. And may also be nullified by the Courts.
      Yes, President Bush used them. But all Presidents starting with George Washington, who
      issued 8. in his time as President. Even though he was so popular, and widely respected, it’s hard to imagine Congress giving him a hard time about anything. Thomas Jefferson issued 4, Grant 217, Eisenhower 480, and Reagan issued 381 Executive Orders in his
      two terms as President. So far, Obama is pretty much on an average course, with
      his total number so far, at 147.

    • http://profile.yahoo.com/GEXG437QLGZEI7OJLYD6KY3LD4 Jesse

      We need a dictator when the crazies are (GOP Teaparty) trying to be the stupidest party in US history and act like children. No one should vote for parties ( who cares) it’s about right and wrong and most of the time the Republicans have been wrong since around the 60′s! Their are so many wacko’s out there, thank GOD maybe something is changing(Obama won the election) because people that have their mind spoke up. The GOP is not the same as in the old days at all, and if they do not get their act together, they will be done! Even good old FOX so called new’s is at a all time low in people who watch this so called new’s net work! This is fact not a opinion. Then there are people like the moron Glen Beck, talk about insane! the guy has around 300,ooo followers they pay about ten dollars a month to listen to this moron – GOD knows he is making a living off these poor brain dead conspiracy theory followers, Beck has been married twice, changed is religion twice now a so called mormon, once or still maybe a drug addict, alcoholic, treated by a Doctor for being border line schizophic, his owns words says he is just a entertainer, and for GOD sakes people follow this freaking nut job!!!! Shows you people are not very darn bright – and that is scary as heck. Promoter of nothing, except hate………

      • option31

        Saying we need a dictator is even crazier than the craziest Republican. Why advocate that? Their is maybe one degree of difference between the two parties. The Republicans advocate spying, torture, drones etc… and so do the Democrats, albeit different groups on the receiving end but still people die. The paradigm people have bought into is Republican police state vs Democrat police state, either way its a police state. The true paradigm is freedom vs police state. You obviously support the latter.

        Beck, Rush etal yea they and their brain dead followers are morons but no more so than the people on the other side that blindly follow their guy.

        As far as promoting hate – read your post.

  • itsfun

    King Obama strikes again.

  • http://www.facebook.com/dominick.vila.1 Dominick Vila

    When the private sector is reluctant to invest on projects, such as those designed to prepare for the effects of global warming, the only recourse left is public sector investment. Global warming is real, and it would be a lot better to tackle it now, than wait until emergency measures are needed to mitigate its effects.

    • charleo1

      Absolutely. It seems it wasn’t all that long ago, Congress acknowledged the science
      of global warming, as they called it then. That it was real, and caused by man. And
      offered a market incentivized approach to cut carbon emissions. Unfortunately when
      they veered to a hard right, cap, and trade became a plot instigated by Al Gore, to make
      a fortune, and bring down the free market. Or some such. I forgot just how the evil plot
      worked. But it was evil. So, climate change, perhaps the greatest environmental
      challenge ever faced in the history of man, is now considered a hoax by millions of Americans.
      About the same time as the T-Party made it’s appearance, and the denying on the
      environment, began, suddenly the notion that government investment could be a catalyst
      for technological advancement, or medical breakthroughs came to be considered heresy.
      A good example of public investment is the micro chip. The government bought every
      one of them manufactured, for the first 10 years. And, had been paying the tab for the lab work before that. The results, of course was the hundreds of billions of dollars, and
      the millions of private sector jobs, directly attributable to the early investments by the government. But, find a climate change denier, and ask him/her, if he/she, believes the government can create jobs.

  • ObozoMustGo

    Classic leftist freak, Josh Marx, and the rest of the useful idiots that write on here and advocate Obozo become their dictator. Here’s the translation of what the ditcator, moron Obozo is saying:

    “I don’t give a damn about the Constitution, separation of powers, or Congress’s authority. If they don’t do exactly what I tell them, I’ll just rule them irrelevant at my dictatorial whim. If I’m not competetent enough to govern and lead legislators toward legislative compromise, I’ll just act like a dictator and legislate through executive order.” – B. Hussein Obozo

    You who think like this are all a bunch of complete and absolute morons incapable of rational thought. For one day when the political winds shift, and they always do, some other President will do the same as this jerkoff and screw you. No president has this power. NONE SHOULD. No other president has legislated through executive order. This piece of garbage Obozo is setting dangerous precedent. Hopefully the feckless Repubs will grow a spine and challenge this idiot in the SCOTUS. They have already defeated him on his illegal appointments last year. They should again.

    Have a nice day!

    “In the end, more than freedom, they wanted security. They wanted a comfortable life and they lost it all – security, comfort, and freedom. When the Athenians finally wanted not to give to society but for society to give to them, when the freedom they wished for most was freedom from responsibility, then Athens ceased to be free and was never free again.” — Edward Gibbon, the great British historian who chronicled the rise and fall of the first great Western civilization, The Greeks in Athens

    • http://profile.yahoo.com/GEXG437QLGZEI7OJLYD6KY3LD4 Jesse

      heres another freaking moron, read a book, and see a Doctor

  • http://twitter.com/GargrayGary Gary Graves

    If Obama wants something done the republicans vote everything down. James is right how do these people get reelected?

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