President Obama must think the economy needs another kick in the proverbial gut. He’s getting ready to sign yet another executive order, this time to combat “climate change.”
President Obama is preparing regulations limiting carbon dioxide emissions from existing power plants, senior officials said Wednesday. The move would be the most consequential climate policy step he could take and one likely to provoke legal challenges from Republicans and some industries.
Electric power plants are the largest single source of global warming pollution in the country, responsible for nearly 40 percent of greenhouse gas emissions. With sweeping climate legislation effectively dead in Congress, the decision on existing power plants — which a 2007 Supreme Court decision gave to the executive branch — has been among the most closely watched of Mr. Obama’s second term.
The administration has already begun steps to restrict climate-altering emissions from any newly built power plants, but imposing carbon standards on the existing utility fleet would be vastly more costly and contentious.
The president is preparing to move soon because rules as complex as those applying to power plants can take years to complete. Experts say that if Mr. Obama hopes to have a new set of greenhouse gas standards for utilities in place before he leaves office he needs to begin before the end of this year. (Read More)
Forget the fact that more an more studies disprove the climate change theory. Here’s the latest:
A new peer-reviewed study by Professor Qing-Bin Lu of the University of Waterloo, proves carbon dioxide ( what comes out of our lungs every time we exhale) was not the cause of the global warming trend (which he says ended 11 years ago).
“the observed data show that CFCs conspiring with cosmic rays most likely caused both the Antarctic ozone hole and global warming. These findings are totally unexpected and striking, as I was focused on studying the mechanism for the formation of the ozone hole, rather than global warming.”
Those Global Warming Hoaxers are going to have a hard time chewing on this one, because according to the good doctor its chlorofluorocarbons (a gas made composed of carbon, fluorine, and chlorine) not CO2 which raised world-wide temperatures between 1950 and 2002. CFCs are already known to deplete ozone (remember when we had to stop using certain aerosol cans because they were putting a hole in the ozone layer?). Lu’s analysis suggests that CFCs were also the key driver in global climate change, rather than carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions.
The total amount of CFC’s ozone-depleting molecules decreased around 2000. Which is also when that hole in the Ozone layer started closing. Correspondingly, the global surface temperature have also dropped. On the other hand, the CO2 level has kept rising since 1850 and now is at its largest growth rate (which means some of you never held your breath-SHAME!) (Read More)
Why is this president so stubbornly anti-science?
H/T Free Republic