A recent news article, “New climate rules coming,” written by Peter Baker and Coral Davenport for the New York Times, stated President Obama was tackling climate change. He is going to have the EPA issue new regulations to cut carbon emissions by reducing the carbon dioxide coal-fired electric generation plants may produce.
Sound good? Well, hold onto your wallet while you nod approval.
Candidate Obama stated in his 2008 campaign, “Under my plan of a cap and trade system, electricity rates would necessarily skyrocket.”(1) Obama’s cap and trade system was to be similar to the European Union (EU) European Emissions Trading System, adopted in 2005, which has already cost EU consumers billions of dollars, and will cost them trillions within a generation.(2) When he failed to get the desired legislation passed in a Democratic controlled Senate, he and his “green” supporters vowed to continue the struggle.
President Obama will have the EPA (created by executive order, not by Congress) issue new regulations that require newly constructed coal-fired plants to emit 1000 pounds of CO2 per megawatt of electricity. The current average is 1768 pounds – thus no new coal-fired plants can be built without a technology breakthrough of enormous proportions. Other new EPA regulations on emissions will eventually close the existing coal-fired plants that produce 55 percent of our nations electricity. Ohio may be the hardest hit state, with 12 coal-fired plants scheduled for closure in anticipation of the new regulations.
The trouble with President Obama’s plan is that it is unconstitutional. The Constitution grants all legislative powers to Congress.(3) Congress and we, the people, must insist the President not legislate, or have federal agencies legislate on his behalf. Otherwise, the President could create new federal agencies by executive order and have them create any laws he desired.
Contact your Congressmen and insist they stop the President’s attempt to usurp their authority to legislate. Insist they display some backbone and prevent this present attempt, and previous successes, to concentrate more power in the Executive Branch of our government. Our freedoms, and liberty itself, lay in the balance.
Al Kuchinka is a local resident and columnist. (1) http://www.forumeter.com/video/178449/Obama-My-Plan-Would-Necessarily-Make-electricity-Rates-Skyrocket. (2) http://www.nytimes.pu/2914/05/30/science/A-Price-Tag-on-Carbon-as-a-Climate-Rescue-Plan. And the NY Times is considered a liberal publication. (3) Constitution, Article 1, Section 1, “All legislative powers herein granted shall be vested in a Congress of the United States, ….”