President Obama hasn’t released his climate plan yet, but House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH.), is already calling it “crazy”, according to an e2-Wire report out on Friday.
At a time of increasing climate-related disasters including unprecedented floods, hurricanes, droughts, tornadoes, wildfires and mega-snow storms over the past few years, the administration has been finalizing Obama’s much anticipated second-term climate plan.
However, the Republican-dominated House is clearly sharpening up their talking-point sabers in order to dissect it once it is released.
“I think this is absolutely crazy,” Boehner said at his weekly press conference. “Why would you want to increase the cost of energy and kill more American jobs at a time when American people are asking, ‘Where are the jobs’?”
Boehner will have lots of company in his attack on any climate plan that comes out of the White House, because there are multiple anti-science members on key committees and they have all vowed to block climate change legislation, while demanding the president approve the Keystone XL pipeline.
Rep. Henry Waxman (D-Calif.), who acknowledges the dangers of climate change, has pegged the House as the “last refuge of the flat Earth society.”
“Presidential action to protect the climate and future generations is absolutely essential. The House is controlled by leaders who deny the science and are recklessly ignoring the risks of a rapidly changing climate,” Waxman said.
Heather Zichal, the president’s top climate advisor announced on Wednesday that “meaningful” changes are coming soon. The plan, she said, will bolster energy efficiency; expand clean energy on public lands and use various “tools” — including the Clean Air Act — to address climate change.
Meanwhile, the president received an open letter from 145 former members of his campaign staff asking him to deny approval of the Keystone XL pipeline.
Here’s an excerpt from their letter:
Mr. President, we are just a few of the millions of young people across the country, who are frightened at the prospect of runaway climate change. For so long you have been the source of our hope and inspiration. Please don’t disappoint us. Reject Keystone XL.
The message is echoed by billionaire Tom Steyer, who has announced the launch of a social media campaign to provide a platform for Keystone and tar sands extraction opponents.
“It’s very hard to be a hero and speak up on what he describes as being the biggest challenge facing the world and then do something that’s contradictory to that in a major way when everyone all over the world is paying attention,” Steyer told reporters in Washington.
Reportedly, Obama’s plan will take into account the “Social cost of carbon” (SCC), which will include anomalous climate risk and benefit estimations of government policy on future generations.
Get ready for the flat-Earth crowd to call it the “social cost of scuttlebutt” (SCS).