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Obama Moves on Climate Change Without Congress

Obama Moves on Climate Change Without Congress

President Obama is trying to make good on a promise to get tough on air pollution.

Speaking at Georgetown University on Monday the President outlined a new policy by way of executive order that creates new regulations for the emission of carbon materials into the atmosphere.

A federal court has already ruled that carbon emissions are covered by the Clean Air Act of 1970, which means the Environmental Protection Agency can regulate the amout of carbon emissions put into the air by power plants.

Originally carbon emissions were not regulated as part of the Clean Air Act of 1970 which meant coal-fired power plants only had to upgrade their scrubbers for things like sulfur, arsenic, and mercury.

It is estimated that it will cost the power industry around $4 billion to comply with the new rules that limit carbon emissions.

Karr Ingham with the Texas Alliance of Energy Producers says he doesn't like the President sidestepping Congress, "I think that it would be quite difficult to get these provisions passed into law, there is not a lot that would separate us from other countries that create laws good or bad with the swipe of a pen."

Adrian Shelley with Air Alliance Houston says we can't afford to wait on legislation focused on climate change, "It's time to act on climate change right now.  It's been estimated that every year we delay action on climate change, will cost an extra $500 billion dollars down the road."

Speaker of the House John Boehner says the new rules will increase U.S. energy prices and destroy jobs. 

 

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