More climate change decrees coming
President Obama's carbon emission regulations are still in court and will be for several years. But that hasn't stopped the president from getting ready to propose new regulations to combat his notion of "climate change" - even if some of them apparently have little to do with global warming.
“We know that 2015 surpassed the hottest year on record – and 2016 is on pace to be even hotter,” Obama said in his weekly address. “There’s still so much more to do.
“And if we keep pushing, and leading the world in the right direction, there’s no doubt that, together, we can leave a better, cleaner, safer future for our children.”
Obama said he plans on debuting new tools for combating climate change before he leaves office.
“In the weeks and months ahead, we’ll release a second round of fuel efficiency standards for heavy-duty vehicles. We’ll take steps to meet the goal we set with Canada and Mexico to achieve 50 percent clean power across North America by 2025,” Obama said.
“And we’ll continue to protect our lands and waters so that our kids and grandkids can enjoy our most beautiful spaces for generations.”
Obama added he remains proud of his achievements battling climate change, namely the international Paris agreement to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
“We’ve multiplied wind power threefold. We’ve multiplied solar power more than thirtyfold," Obama said.
“And carbon pollution from our energy sector is at its lowest level in 25 years, even as we’re continuing to grow our economy. We’ve invested in energy efficiency, and we’re slashing carbon emissions from appliances, homes and businesses – saving families money on their energy bills.”
Obama’s potential successors diverge wildly on the threat climate change poses worldwide.
The president's proposed water rule is little more than a power grab to give EPA jurisdiction over almost all water in the US, including streams and even ditches. It has absolutely nothing to do with climate change.
As for pushing renewables to be 50% of US power production by 2025, this is about as radical a goal as can be envisioned. Current percentage of renewable energy as part of the power grid is less than 14%. In order to reach 50%, hundreds of fossil fuel plants would have to be shut down. And solar power would have to be generated at industrial levels - something that isn't happening in America.
Obama brags about reduced emissions, but it has nothing to do with government. The fracking revolution has made natural gas dirt cheap compared to coal. And since the administration's war on coal has caused a spike in prices, use of the cleaner burning alternative of natural gas has skyrocketed.
This is typical Obama bombast. He is setting impossible to achieve goals while taking credit for things he didn't do.