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Obama throws in towel on global-warming legislation - But speech vows new regulatory action against carbon emissions

Ben Wolfgang
Washington Times
January 28, 2014


President Obama came to office promising significant action to fight climate change, and Tuesday night’s State of the Union indicates this administration fully recognizes any action on that issue over the next three years will come not through legislation but through regulations and executive actions.

Rather than call for a “comprehensive energy and climate bill” as he did in 2010, Mr. Obama on Tuesday focused on much smaller goals and touted the controversial efforts of his Environmental Protection Agency to cut down on carbon emissions from power plants.

He again drew attention to climate change and cast it as a fundamental issue that will impact future generations, and while he did not call for a cap-and-trade style bill as he has done in years past, he did vow to use his authority to continue combating global warming.

“Our energy policy is creating jobs and leading to a cleaner, safer planet. Over the past eight years, the United States has reduced our total carbon pollution more than any other nation on earth,” Mr. Obama said. “But we have to act with more urgency because a changing climate is already harming western communities struggling with drought, and coastal cities dealing with floods.”

Then he vowed his administration would act to limit carbon emissions, but did so without mentioning legislation.

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