Obama unveils sweeping cuts to power plant emissions: ‘We have to get going’

Six years after first promising to “roll back the spectre of a warming planet”, Barack Obama finally committed the US to unprecedented action against climate change on Monday, with sweeping new curbs on carbon emissions from power plants that are equivalent to taking 70% of American cars off the road.

The culmination of his long-fought battle against coal industry lobbyists and climate change sceptics in Congress was greeted with jubilation by many environmentalists who described the tougher-than-expected regulations as a “game-changer”.

  • Dana Garcia

    Right, shutting down US industry will help the climate a lot while Red China is firing up new smoky power plants all the time, even if you believe in that stuff.

    • It’s what Wynne has done for Ontario and what Justin and Mulchair will do in a heart beat.

    • Clausewitz

      America was once the greatest country on the planet, then Obama showed up and told all of us that he fundamentally wanted to change that.

  • FactsWillOut

    Nail, meet coffin.

  • Hard Little Machine

    As someone who gets their electricity from a nuclear power plant and who lives in the US South East where it rarely goes below freezing and almost never snows, I welcome the liberals starving to death in the freezing dark.

    • Dana Garcia

      Last night I watched a NOVA show about Japan’s nuclear disaster caused by the earthquake/tsunami, and didn’t know before that the government considered evacuating Tokyo (population 5 million) if the Fukushima thing got really bad.

      So energy choices have their downsides.

      • Hard Little Machine

        If we get a tsunami then then the planet is coming to an end

  • lgeubank

    Mussolini for Morons again issues a wide-ranging decree, telling the country how to live. He could say to Congress, as Hitler said to the Reichstag*, “And now I have no further need of you.”

    *(Actually, to the socialist parties.)

  • WalterBannon

    “You are currently being pre-moderated” at Komment Macht Frei.

    • Kathy Nelson

      Ain’t that the truth.

  • Exile1981

    First off he once again bypassed congress; he should just give up the pretense and declare himself dictator for life like his hero Mugabee.
    Second just magically snapping your fingers and saying “make it so” does not make it happen. He can say 70% reduction out of coal power plants but unless he has a secret new technology up his a$$ then the only way to make that reduction is to reduce electricity by 70%.

  • Jim Horne

    Who’s all for making North America energy independent?

    It’s clear that in order to achieve that goal fossil fuels will have to play a major role. Kiss wind and solar energy projects pushed by the progressive left goodbye. They will never produce enough energy to supply even a fraction of the demand for power.

    That’s why energy projects like SaskPower’s Boundary Dam Project are something that should get attention. Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS) is what makes this coal fire power generating station unique. The Boundary Dam Project is the first commercial size CCS project of its kind. Environmentalists hate it. But the lack of harmful emissions can’t be argued with. Let’s hope that future projects like this one once again make coal a preferred fuel for producing energy. North America has vast quantities of coal.

    • Cruz.

      • Kathy Nelson

        No. Cruz is too busy sticking his repug nose in women’s vaginas and monitoring what consenting adults do in their bedrooms.

        • Or perhaps you are.

          Seeing as you are so enchanted with others’ underwear, maybe you can try focusing on something else.

        • Minicapt

          Energizer batteries satisfy longer.


  • Jay Currie

    Cost = 2.5 trillion in lost GDP
    Benefit = . 01 degree C less warming over next 100 years

    Policy or Treason…. You decide.

    • Maggat

      There is no doubt that this is an easy decision to make. The next photo of Obama should be superimposed on that photo of Benito Mussolini swinging from a lamp post.

  • I’ve said that before he leaves office, Obama will be a mean SOB and do as much damage as possible.

    Another case in point.

  • mauser 98

    all based on a hoax.. climate changing for about 4.5 billion years

    • bls46

      PERFECT !!!
      Remembering the 70s ‘scare’ about ‘global cooling’ = new ice age !

    • Bataviawillem

      You are correct, and during the cambrian explosion of life the CO2 levels where 20 x higher than now, it was warm, even uncomfortable compared to current temperatures, but life exploded from mostly single cell to trilobites and onward from there.

      • mauser 98

        plants love it.. we are at a CO2 low..

  • canminuteman

    The power companies should all get together and organize a way to met the cuts by all shutting down for about 6 months.

    • Clausewitz

      Time for them to go Galt.

  • Bataviawillem

    “Investment in renewable alternatives, such as wind, hydro and solar power, together with mandatory new carbon-capture equipment are expected to cost the electricity industry $8.4bn, although the EPA claims this will be dwarfed by $34-$54bn in wider environmental benefits.”

    Can somebody explain what those environmental benefits are, or is this a number that they just pulled out of there ass.
    What are environmental benefits anyway?

    • Shebel

      Nobody knows.

      • Bataviawillem

        O, I thought it was common knowledge and that I was stupide.

        • Shebel

          No . You definitely are expecting way too much.
          First they convince you that the Planet requires Saving.
          Then they tax everything that emits CO2.
          Then they attempt to divvy up the Billions .

          The best way is to inflate your CO2 emissions now—and then cash in on this Scam–later.

          That is what the Resource Companies are doing.

          • Bataviawillem

            I was just kidding, I know that the Ontario renewable energy scam will cost us 110 billion.
            That is a bit more than the 8,4 for the entire US.
            The lies they are trying to sell us are just breathtaking.

          • Kathy Nelson

            “He who controls carbon controls life.”

            Ivar Giaever: Global Warming Revisited (2015)


          • Shebel

            Me too.
            I am so disgusted that I decided to humour myself.

    • Kathy Nelson

      There are NO environmental benefits associated with industrial scale wind, solar, biomass or refuse burners. There is plenty of evidence showing their environmental and social harm. There is no evidence that “renewables” reduce the emissions that some uneducated and non-scientific people claim cause “global warming”.
      There is plenty of evidence showing the push for “renewables” is a profit driven scam.