Friday, August 31, 2012

Obama rams through emission reductions with executive order

He couldn't get Congress to do it, so President Obama instead used (the unconstitutional?) executive order power to ram through new emission reductions.

The wire story from Reuters actually paints it as a good thing: Obama's new order will slash carbon emissions by 150 million tons per year, and in so doing, boost energy efficiency, encourage investment, save the planet, yada yada. But the reality is this is just another green agenda item that will raise costs, ultimately, on consumers -- and one that is so obviously unpopular that it had to be implemented over the objections of Congress, while the eyes of the media were turned toward the Republican convention.

From the Reuters story: The order directs the Departments of Energy, Commerce, and Agriculture, and the Environmental Protection Agency, in coordination with a number of White House advisory groups, to coordinate their policies to encourage investment in industrial efficiency. The order also directs the federal agencies to help states to use CHP [combined heat and power] to achieve their national ambient air quality standards, and provide incentives through their regulations to help boost the technology.

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