Why doesn't President Obama address the nation about the climate change crisis?
President Obama is flying solo again, as The Wall Street Journal tells us:
Rarely do American Presidents display the raw willfulness that President Obama did Monday in rolling out his plan to reorganize the economy in the name of climate change. Without a vote in Congress or even much public debate, Mr. Obama is using his last 18 months to dictate U.S. energy choices for the next 20 or 30 years. This abuse of power is regulation without representation.
The so-called Clean Power Plan commands states to cut carbon emissions by 32% (from 2005 levels) by 2030. This final mandate is 9% steeper than the draft the Environmental Protection Agency issued in June 2014.
The damage to growth, consumer incomes and U.S. competitiveness will be immense—assuming the rule isn’t tossed by the courts or rescinded by the next Administration.
Yes, what about the damage to the U.S. economy?
What about the damage to the U.S. Constitution and the presidency?
Let me make this suggestion to President Obama:
1) Address the nation, and tell us about the threat of climate change, in much the same way as previous presidents have spoken about problems. Climate change is either a crisis or a lot of hot air. Obama should treat it like a crisis if he believes that it is one.
2) Tell us how a failure to act will devastate our economy and national security and affect people all over the world.
3) Send Congress a proposal that he can eventually sign into law.
Why won't he do any of this? Why won't he make his case to the American people?
My guess is that President Obama is avoiding Congress (and public opinion) because he knows he's got a very weak hand.
In other words, all of this climate change doom and gloom sounds good until you actually put it to a debate.