White House Trying End Run on Congress on Energy Production

President Obama’s go-it-alone approach to climate change is drawing fire from the ag and energy sectors. Obama is trying to end-run Congress to get what he wants administratively – the first-ever limits on carbon dioxide emissions from existing power plants, rules for new plants, tighter emission standards for heavy trucks and limits on methane pollution. The coal industry and coal state lawmakers are calling the rules Obama’s War on Coal. Farm leaders – like Iowa’s Chuck Grassley – charge the President will kill jobs by driving up energy costs…

“Its going to be bad for the economy, particularly for such an energy consuming industry as agriculture, its going to drive up prices, costs of production and it will drive a lot of our manufacturing to China.”

Where four-times as much coal is burned for electricity…

“China burns ½ of all the coal I the world. We burn about 8 billion tons of coal a year worldwide. Just one billion in the US. Four billion in China. So it would seem that China is the big problem for global warming.”

And the President will need cooperation from state governors – many opposed to more power plant regulation – to implement emission control plans. American Farm Bureau’s Andrew Walmsley says Obama also wants to review heavy-duty on-road vehicle standards – and those for methane emissions…

“Its something that agriculture will be watching closely, especially in relation to our livestock operations on how the administration looks at methane emissions.”

The President has already deployed his agriculture, energy, interior and EPA chiefs around the country to explain and defend his plan.

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