Obama Readies for Battle: EPA Vs. GOP Global Warming Deniers
December 24, 2010
(ChattahBox Political News)—The Obama administration armed with scientific facts on the dangers of man-made global warming, is readying for a battle of epic proportions with the anti-science, global warming-denying crew of Republicans poised to take over the majority of the House in January. On one side is scientific report, after scientific report, warning of the catastrophic dangers of unchecked global warming, including massive flooding, deadly storms, drought and food shortages, not to mention the poisonous smog and pollution. On the Republican side, is a blind refusal to accept the existence of man-made climate change, because their big-polluting corporate masters will fight against any government regulations that may eat into their profits, and the environment and the future of our planet be damned. Think of the looming environmental wars, as a battle between those who want to save our country from economic and environmental destruction and those who only care where their next big corporate campaign check is coming from. Amid this toxic political environment, the Environmental Protection Agency announced a new set of regulatory curbs on green house gas emissions spewing from power plants and oil refineries.
Many right-wing lawmakers have gone so far, as to call for the elimination of the EPA altogether, leaving clean air and environmental laws to the individual states.
With the death of the Cap and Trade bill, due to successful corporate lobbying with the help of Republicans, there is zero chance of a bill curbing carbon emissions making it through the next Congress, so the only avenue remaining is through increased EPA regulation. And that’s what exactly President Obama has planned.
Last year the EPA found that carbon dioxide and five other heat-trapping gases are pollutants that threaten the public health and welfare within the meaning of the Clean Air Act, paving the way for new laws.
“The Environmental Protection Agency announced Thursday that it will regulate greenhouse gas emissions from power plants and oil refineries next year in an attempt to curb global warming.”
“The move, coming on the same day the Interior Department unveiled a plan to protect a broader swath of the nation’s wilderness, demonstrated that the Obama administration is prepared to push its environmental agenda through regulation where it has failed on Capitol Hill, potentially setting up a battle next year with congressional Republicans.” [...]
“EPA officials said they would set new performance standards requiring stricter pollution technology for electric utilities and oil refineries, which together account for almost 40 percent of U.S. greenhouse gas emissions.”
But once the new GOP corporate shills take over power in the House, we can expect lots of anti-EPA screeching, attacking the new regulations as costly job killers. And lots of investigations. Rep. Darrell Issa (R-CA), soon to become the Chairman of the powerful House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, has vowed to hold hearings on the global warming “hoax.”
The next two-years sure will be interesting.