“No, we’re not going to allow any legislation that impedes the need to improve our health and safety,” Obama’s chief of staff Bill Daley said Thursday when asked whether the White House would consider legislation to block or delay EPA climate regulations.
This is a Politico Pro story (subs. req’d) from last week, and so only got limited coverage. This is the strongest statement to date from the White House they will defend science-based standards to protect clean air, clean water, and a livable climate.
Daley spoke to reporters after defending the administration’s regulatory policies to industry representatives at a National Association of Manufacturers meeting.
The White House and congressional Democrats have thus far fended off congressional efforts to hamstring the EPA’s controversial climate regulations, but some supporters of the EPA’s rules fear that the administration could give in to pressure to delay climate rules as the 2012 election draws closer.
Daley said that many of the “overwhelming” number of rules and regulations from federal agencies lately –- EPA in particular — are a result of litigation against the George W. Bush administration, while touting the Obama administration’s efforts to ease burdens on industry.
“There is a lot of scientific evidence that in our opinion was ignored,” he said. “We can debate scientific evidence but a lot of it may have been ignored over a certain period. That’s at the heart of a lot of these rules.”
Let’s hope the White House backs up this talk with serious behind-the-scenes pressure on wavering Democrats and, if necessary, an actual veto.
Below are the earlier comments from the Facebook commenting system:
Some good news for once! I knew there was a reason I voted for him +.
This doesn’t mean anything unless the President actually uses the EPA rules to shut down coal. Two of three bodies of government have ruled he has the right to do just that (Supreme Court and Congress…twice). Now it takes leadership from that third body of government. This is a good sign.
Anything less than Obama’s total support for the EPA’s regulation of greenhouse gases would be unacceptable. On the other hand, the president’s vigorous support for the EPA against the House repubs (including my congressman Jeff Miller) would provide me the reason I am looking for to support Obama again.
June 28 at 11:52pm
newsflash to supporters of the EPA rules: they are popular as hell, even in states like Missouril. Let’s hope the Republicans try to gut EPA next year, because it would become a great campaign issue for the President after he vetoes their efforts.
Of course they are and since the Supreme Court’s decision that last week, the EPA better hurry up!
June 24 at 10:40am
long live our.
Researchers refine assessment of tipping elements of the climate system.
The West Antarctic ice sheet is a potential tipping element of the climate system that might have partially tipped already. According to a study now published in Climatic Change, experts can not rule out that ice masses in the Amundsen Sea sector of Antarctica have already begun to destabilize. This is one of the results of a new assessment of the current state of six potentially unstable regions in the climate system with large direct impacts on Europe. The likelihood of climatic transitions of these elements generally increases as global mean temperature increases due to greenhouse gases emitted by human activity.
The EPA needs to be strengthened, not weakened. The potential for green jobs is tremendous, but we have to dislodge the dirty energy stronghold in Capitol Hill. The GOP keep calling the EPA “job killing”, but the truth is that it COULD be “job creating” if they supported it.
I’m looking forward to see bolder steps.
Glad to see Obama come as ‘far left’ as Nixon.