Don’t think those two have anything in common?
Obama has flirted with his movement for years on his position to kick the Keystone pipeline to the curb. I think he’d like to destroy even the idea.
In what Republicans hoped would be positive news, Obama handed off of the XL decision to the State Department, tying the approval to his emissions criteria. Well, enter John Kerry. He’s been blowing hot air about global warming and climate change for years, rivaling Al Gore. Now Obama hands off the hot potato to State. But State had suggested the pipeline would not add a net increase to global carbon missions. So Kerry to the rescue.
President Barack Obama announced Tuesday that he would approve the Keystone XL pipeline if the State Department certified it would not lead to a net increase in global carbon emissions. Congressional Republicans were quick to presume victory, noting that a previous State Department analysis had said just that.
But that analysis, which has been heavily criticized, was done before Kerry was named secretary of state. And what Obama has effectively done is hand the Keystone decision to one of Washington’s fiercest backers of strong climate change action.
Michael Brune, Sierra Club, said: “With Obama laying down the standard that a pipeline that exacerbates climate change is not in our national interest, it’s pretty clear KXL is not long for this world.” See
“Allowing the Keystone pipeline to be built requires a finding that doing so would be in our nation’s interest,” the president said in a Tuesday speech on climate change. “And our national interest will be served only if this project does not significantly exacerbate the problem of carbon pollution. The net effects of the pipeline’s impact on our climate will be absolutely critical to determining whether this project is allowed to go forward.“
The president has avoided weighing in on the construction of the Keystone XL pipeline for several years now, citing an executive order asking the State Department to make a determination on the project’s viability first. Environmentalists have called on him to spike the project entirely because of risks that it will contribute irrevocably to global warming and potentially contaminate drinking water if it leaks. Conservatives and even some labor groups have encouraged Obama to approve of the project because of its potential to create jobs. See
Kerry had so few accomplishments over the years that he will foam at the mouth to kill the pipeline, taking the hot issue off Obama’s hands. It is a political benefit with their base, which is all they care about. Poking conservatives in the eye is a bonus.
Obama already opened up the “War on Coal” front in his war on energy.
Obama, in a speech Tuesday at Georgetown University, was to announce he’s issuing a presidential memorandum to launch the first-ever federal regulations on carbon dioxide emitted by existing power plants, moving to curb the gases blamed for global warming despite adamant opposition from Republicans and some energy producers.
The far-reaching plan marks Obama’s most prominent effort yet to deliver on a major priority he laid out in his first presidential campaign and recommitted to at the start of his second term: to fight climate change in the U.S. and abroad and prepare American communities for its effects. Environmental activists have been irked that Obama’s high-minded goals never materialized into a comprehensive plan.
The linchpin of Obama’s plan involves new and existing power plants. Forty percent of U.S. carbon dioxide emissions, and one-third of greenhouse gases overall, come from electric power plants, according to the federal Energy Information Administration. The Obama administration already has proposed controls on new plants, but those controls have been delayed and not yet finalized.
Tuesday’s announcement would be the first public confirmation that Obama plans to extend carbon controls to existing plants. See
I haven’t thought of a good analogy for putting Kerry in charge of Keystone, but I’m working on it. Well, in his Presidential run he said he was “changing the dynamics”, now he has a shot at changing the dynamics of our energy.
As Secretary of State, Kerry said, “”Here, we can do the best of things that you can do in government. That’s what excites me.” Yea, no doubt about the excited part.