After the Obama Administration failed to enact stricter gun control, reach economic agreements with Republicans, pass broad immigration reform or successfully roll out Obamacare last year, we told you to get ready for the President to use climate change as a last ditch effort to build a legacy. Following the release of an alarmist climate change report, the White House’s efforts to make Barack Obama the Nation’s first green President has kicked into high gear.
The President is expected to personally unveil a series of climate-related rule changes for coal-fired power plants later this month.
After relegating climate change to the back burner during his first term, Obama would be taking an unusual step of announcing regulatory proposals before they are finalized by the federal government and years before they would be implemented. His direct engagement is intended to demonstrate to environmental advocates and business interests that he’s committed to stricter emissions standards.
“There’s no question that President Obama views this as a legacy issue and he wants to be very directly involved,” said Frank O’Donnell, president of Clean Air Watch, a non-profit advocacy group in Washington. “It sends the signal that this is going to remain a high profile issue for probably the rest of the president’s term.”
The Hill reported in November: “[T]here’s one thing that’s going right for Obama: Executive action on climate change is moving full-speed ahead at the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).”
Senator Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) told the newspaper at the time that the President is likely to continue his climate change crusade because his executive order authority, coupled with the EPA’s wide-reaching authority to implement new rules, eliminates many hurdles to the President’s agenda on the issue.
Though Obama’s Presidency is in its final years, his unfettered radical executive activism on climate change has only just begun.