Obama Flexes His Muscles As Powerless Republicans Can’t Stop Climate Change Deal

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Republicans in Congress are throwing a fit over President Obama’s climate change deal with China, but there is nothing that they can do to stop the agreement.

The president announced the deal at a joint press conference in Beijing,


Today, I can also announce that the United States has set a new goal of reducing our net greenhouse gas emissions by 26 to 28 percent below 2005 levels by the year 2025. This is an ambitious goal, but it is an achievable goal. It will double the pace at which we’re reducing carbon pollution in the United States. It puts us on a path to achieving the deep emissions reductions by advanced economies that the scientific community says is necessary to prevent the most catastrophic effects of climate change. It will help improve public health. It will grow our economy. It will create jobs. It will strengthen our energy security, and it will put both of our nations on the path to a low-carbon economy.

This is a major milestone in the U.S.-China relationship, and it shows what’s possible when we work together on an urgent global challenge. In addition, by making this announcement today, together, we hope to encourage all major economies to be ambitious — all countries, developing and developed — to work across some of the old divides so we can conclude a strong global climate agreement next year.

Republicans reacted by treating the agreement like it was the end of the world.

Speaker of the House John Boehner said, “This announcement is yet another sign that the president intends to double down on his job-crushing policies no matter how devastating the impact for America’s heartland and the country as a whole. And it is the latest example of the president’s crusade against affordable, reliable energy that is already hurting jobs and squeezing middle-class families. Republicans have consistently passed legislation to rein in the EPA and stop these harmful policies from taking effect, and we will continue to make this a priority in the new Congress.”

The grumbling has been everywhere on the right, but behind the bellowing is a simple fact.

Republicans are powerless to stop the president from taking action on climate change. Politico discussed the reality that Republicans are facing, “The kicker for Republicans eager to stomp all over the president’s agenda: Congress has little immediate recourse, despite McConnell’s pledges to use “the spending process” to rein in EPA. With so much action rolling through the pipeline, Republicans will have to choose their battles carefully if they want to make headway while proving they can govern.”

The good news for Democrats is that President Obama is in legacy building mode, and his already strong presidential legacy will be boosted by action of climate change. Thanks to the Clean Air Act, President Obama doesn’t need congressional approval for his actions on climate change. (Since the agreement with China isn’t a treaty, it also doesn’t require Senate approval.)

Republicans are going to scream and yell, moan and groan, and stomp and scream, but in terms of practical action there is little that they can do. The party of big oil and the Koch brothers can only stand on the sidelines and watch as President Obama makes history by dealing with the issue of climate change.

23 Replies to “Obama Flexes His Muscles As Powerless Republicans Can’t Stop Climate Change Deal”

  1. Our President. Always one step ahead, doing what’s right for ALL of us! Let’s continue to fight the Party Of Greed.

  2. Good thing the GOP can’t do anything about it. Anything they do serves only Mammon. Too bad they don’t have the interests of the Nation and its citizens at the forefront of where their minds would be, if they had any.

  3. President Obama is the only consistent one in the bunch.

    President Obama, please veto the pipeline, and get the Dems together and scold them for being such fools with no backbone.

  4. Republicans have had and continue to have only lies and logical fallacies to throw out in their “blah blah blah” rhetoric. They cannot stem the tide of a better tomorrow, but that won’t stop them from trying.

  5. This is a one sided weak agreement! China has agreed to reduce their emissions 16 years from now? And, China will not agree to any meaningful reduction at next years UN global climate conference.

  6. I think Republicans who want big money off the hook for contaminating our air, land and water should have to pay when toxic waste is leaching into their basement, home, schools or other buildings, have abestos, PCB’s or lead take care of it. Drinking water contaminated too bad, rivers need dredged of dioxins, mercury, have a nice swim, and fish fry, can’t breathe the air wear a gas mask, meth lab next door no worries, flood hit your state, oil spill take care of it yourself. They don’t give a shit about any thing or anybody just money.

  7. Don’t you just love it. The europeans land
    something or other on a comet!!!

    Our glorious leader to be in the science committee – Inholfe says it is gods will when the climate changes!!!!

    Friends, we are really messed up!

  8. Nice parroting of a Republican talking point. Doesn’t fly, though. They have 16 years in which to comply, which means they will be WORKING TOWARD THE GOAL for the next 16 years.

    Moron.

  9. I suggest we all invest in smelling salt and fainting couch stocks … the share prices of each are going to SOAR over the next two and a half years …

  10. Way to go, Mr. President! Let’s see more of this type of action. Let the GOP’s heads explode. It would be like balloons popping!

  11. Just part of the strategy to belittle any and every achievement. After all they don’t even believe in climate change. As Inhofe suggests God wants us to be hot.
    I think the gop need to know that Satan supports them 100%. They have a common goal….destruction of the planet.

  12. EXCELLENT POINTS! This worthless GOP has not governed for the last six years; therefore, I don’t have high hopes that that will change. It’s great that President Obama can do some good things independently. He seems to be the only adult in the room.

  13. We’ve announced our new goal of a 26% to 28% reduction by 2025. That’s great, but what are China’s goals? Where is China’s commitment? What percentage have they agreed to? Just saying you will try to reduce emissions isn’t good enough for me! We need to play hard ball with them.

  14. Moron…really?
    At first I didn’t believe the comment was worth a response, but I’m finding this behavior typical of those on this sites like this, I see some believe no other opinion but theirs is worthy of consideration.

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