Obama’s unilateral move on climate change
OK, so the White House has greenlit the EPA to go forward with new rules, as the NYTimes puts it, “to regulate greenhouse gas emissions from hundreds of power plants and large industrial facilities.” I think this lobbyist quotes in the article gets the politics right:
Scott Segal, a utility lobbyist with the law firm Bracewell & Giuliani in Washington, said the rule should not be used to rush Congress into passing a poorly drafted bill.
But he also said that the proposal “strengthens the president’s negotiating hand in Copenhagen.”
“Even if the Senate does not act,” Mr. Segal said, “he can legitimately say to other nations, ‘We are taking action on a unilateral basis. What are you doing?’ ”