Government Shutdown Over Climate Rules?

June 18, 2014

See more on this elsewhere on the page below.

Given the polling results shown below, one is tempted to say “bring it on”.

Talking Points Memo:

“I think there’s going to be a lot of support on our side for trying to block that. And I hope with some Democrats too,” Senate Republican Conference Chair John Thune (R-SD) told TPM. “The power of the purse is one power Congress has, and if you want to send a clear message to the administration about a series of regulations that you think are very detrimental, one way to do that would be through the appropriations process.”

Thune, the No. 3 GOP senator, said his party will support “anything we can do to prevent the administration from going forward with what are really poorly timed, very burdensome, very expensive … regulations.”

Senate Budget Committee Ranking Member Jeff Sessions (R-AL) said Republicans ought to consider reversing what he described as presidential overreach by Obama on environmental regulations.

“I think Congress needs to give serious thought to utilizing its constitutional power — the power to fund or not fund,” he told TPM. Asked about using the appropriations bill to undo the EPA rules, he said, “That’s one of the powers that Congress clearly has.”

The Senate Appropriations Committee will consider government funding bills this week. If Republicans insist on prohibiting implementation of the EPA rule in order to keep the government running past September, it could spark another shutdown standoff. Democrats strongly support Obama’s environmental regulations and they intend to block attempts to undo them.

Retiring Sen. Saxby Chambliss (R-GA) told TPM the idea is “something that will be discussed, I’m sure.”

Wall Street Journal:

More than two-thirds of Americans support President Barack Obama’s new climate rule and more than half say the U.S. should address global warming even if it means higher electricity bills, according to a new Wall Street Journal/NBC News poll.

Widespread support for the carbon rule, unveiled by the Environmental Protection Agency earlier this month, is a rare bright spot for Mr. Obama, who otherwise received mostly low marks by poll respondents on topics ranging from his overall competence to his administration’s decision to trade five imprisoned Taliban officials in exchange for the release of Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl.

The poll finds that 67% of respondents either strongly or somewhat support EPA’s new rule, while only 29% oppose it. Americans are also increasingly willing to stomach higher electricity costs in order to cut carbon emissions. More than half of poll respondents—57%—said they would support a proposal requiring companies to cut greenhouse gas emissions that cause global warming even if it means higher utility bills. That figure is up 9 percentage points since October 2009.

 

 

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17 Responses to “Government Shutdown Over Climate Rules?”


  1. Intensification of “Republican enthusiasm” would certainly animate the mid-term election campaigns.


  2. […] See more on this elsewhere on the page below. Given the polling results shown below, one is tempted to say "bring it on". Talking Points Memo: If early Republican enthusiasm is any indication, the upcoming Sept. 30 deadline to keep the federal government open could turn into an all-out war over President Barack Obama’s executive actions to combat climate change. As TPM reported earlier this week, senior House Republicans are considering using appropriations legislation to block the Environmental Protection Agency’s new restrictions on coal-fired power plants, aimed at cutting climate-warming pollution by 30 percent by 2030.On Tuesday, numerous Senate Republicans expressed strong support for the idea. “I think there’s going to be a lot of support on our side for trying to block that.  […]


  3. […] See more on this elsewhere on the page below. Given the polling results shown below, one is tempted to say "bring it on". Talking Points Memo: If early Republican enthusiasm is any indication, the upcoming Sept. 30 deadline to keep the federal government open could turn into an all-out war over President Barack Obama’s executive actions to combat climate change. As TPM reported earlier this week, senior House Republicans are considering using appropriations legislation to block the Environmental Protection Agency’s new restrictions on coal-fired power plants, aimed at cutting climate-warming pollution by 30 percent by 2030. On Tuesday, numerous Senate Republicans expressed strong support for the idea. “I think there’s going to be a lot of support on our side for trying to block that.  […]

  4. jimbills Says:

    Semi-related news, in that an environmental decree from Obama is being met with hysterical shrieks from the GOP:
    http://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/obama-to-create-worlds-largest-ocean-preserve/2014/06/17/49fcaed8-f61a-11e3-afdf-f7ffea8c744a_story.html


    • “[Invoking climate change] is clearly way outside of his constitutional boundaries. It’s just another step in the wrong direction for our imperial president” is hilarious.

      http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2014/06/17/fact-sheet-leading-home-and-internationally-protect-our-ocean-and-coasts

      • jimbills Says:

        This is party politics, of course. Something John Fleming does not mention is that Bush created the reserve in the first place.

      • rayduray Says:

        Hi Charles,

        Reading part of the White House PR on shellfish is infuriating. Quoting: “Bolstering domestic shellfish aquaculture. Federal agencies are completing work on a new roadmap to streamline the permitting process for shellfish aquaculture. “

        While streamlining the permitting process is all well and good, at the same time the most popular shellfish farm in Marin County, California is being forced to close by the Federal government.

        http://www.npr.org/blogs/thesalt/2014/06/12/319069034/fight-over-calif-oyster-company-splits-chefs-and-land-defenders

        This used to be one of my favorite weekend destinations. The oyster farm is charming and pretty darn bucolic. Just not pristine enough for the elite birders, I reckon.

        My point? I no longer can read a White House publication or Presidential address transcript without scouring the document for fraud, propaganda and ways that the White House is trying to otherwise swindle the public.

        ***
        And what of the major issue that shellfish farms face today on the West Coat, ocean acidification? The White House is silent on this matter. They seem only to want to take away a GOP talking point by declaring the Whte House in favor of streamlining permitting. That’s not our big concern out here on the West Coast, as far as I know.

  5. Gingerbaker Says:

    Obama should do more of the Bushian Gish Gallop! More executive decrees, at least once a day. Let ’em try to keep up with more hyperbolic rhetoric until they explode.

    A government shut down over the environment? Like Peter said – bring it on. It’s a perfect issue to transform into a campaign meme. Fat cats vs your children. That’s all win.

  6. rayduray Says:

    PRI’s The World found some humor in the climate change topic today:

    http://www.pri.org/stories/2014-06-18/why-climate-activists-are-laughing-about-global-warming-indiana

  7. rayduray Says:

    Here in Oregon, some of us are thinking a government shutdown might be our best course. Here’s something from a friend of mine, a fellow leftie who sees our Democratic Governor John Kitzhaber determined to rob the community kitty for the sake of the climate criminals…

    QUOTE:

    Our Governor Kitz, notorious for taking orders from Nike, Intel, the CRC lobby and out to lunch for the Cover Oregon debacle, now has his new subsidies to the oil train Pacific and Western RR and oil and coal shipper Global Partners to answer for.

    In a capitalist system, “economic development” is often just a cover term for public subsidies to corporate interests unwilling to risk their own capital as the system’s ideologues consider its greatest component to be. So under that banner, Kitz and state legislature have OK’d a $2.9M subsidy from lottery money, $2M from the state legislature and another $1.5M from DOT—a total of $6.4M to enable Pacific & Western to run another 14 dangerous coal trains a month at faster speeds through the town of Rainier. P&W’s share? Only $750,000 in the name of “economic development.”

    Another $4M in lottery money goes to upgrade Port Westward near Clatskanie so Global Partners can export more coal and what the oil trains carry.

    It sometimes puzzles me why environmental groups fragment into their chosen issue: oil trains, coal, GMOs, fracking, pollution , clean water et al. In
    each case, their common enemy is corporate profit, abetted by taxpayer subsidies for”economic development.”–MM

    Read the details at
    http://www.oregonlive.com/environment/index.ssf/2014/06/oregon_subsidizes_rainier_rail.html

    Visit my website http://www.michaelmunk.com

    With friend like this. Who needs enemies? I happen to be a personal friend of Oregon’s First Lady. A few years back we were talking about coal. She was touting the Apollo Project’s PR nonsense about “clean coal”. I reminded her that there was such a thing as wishful thinking. I reckon she and Gov decided if the coal is exported it is “out of sight out of mind” and therefore clean coal.

    Richard Heinlein has a great quip, “man is not a rational being, he’s a rationalizing being”.

    • rayduray Says:

      Oops, I meant Robert Heinlein. And my gibberish recommences after the Michael Munk website info. Where I should have put [End quote] in brackets instead of less than/more than signs. Damn html! 🙂


    • Join the Green Party and get a spell checker. 🙂

      • andrewfez Says:

        I voted Green Party last time around (Jill Stein). I’m not much of a voter, but CA had some stuff on the board that closed a few business tax loopholes and diverted that saved money into sustainable energy projects so i went down and did my duty.

        We have so many ‘D’ voters here that the Green Party could probably take on a good 5 or 10% of the votes without jeopardizing the presidential election. That would scare the 2-party guys green if we could get some momentum….


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