President Barack Obama urged Congress to adopt market-based solutions to fight climate change in his State of the Union speech on Tuesday night, and asked Congress to consider options like the clean energy and climate bill that John McCain and Joe Lieberman worked on a few years ago. But the president also followed that urging with a stick, and said if Congress refuses to act on fighting climate change, he will direct his cabinet to develop executive actions that they can take to reduce carbon emissions and deliver adaptation to climate change.
If Congress won’t act soon to protect future generations, I will.
Obama attempted to take these types of actions a few years ago when he worked with the Environmental Protection Agency on a controversial plan to attempt to regulate greenhouse gas emissions under the Clean Air Act. Now that Obama is in his second term, and doesn’t have to worry about being voted into another term, he seems to be getting more aggressive on his original campaign goals on clean energy and fighting climate change.
In addition to Obama’s discussion of fighting climate change with market means, the president issued several other promising declarations on energy:
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