As the Obama administration goes forth with its executive actions to implement unaffordable and likely ineffective regulations on carbon emissions, Republican leaders object, no, they “strenuously object.”
Republicans, led by Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY), today issued their firm objection to Obama’s implementation of economy-changing climate rules. McConnell and other GOP leaders told other nations to “proceed with caution” in making agreements based on President Obama’s actions as they may all be undone by a future administration or judicial actions.
Obama has announced his plan to have the EPA issue strict rules on power plants and vehicles that promise to reduce carbon dioxide emissions by 28% over the next 10 years.
Global warming sympathizers in the U.S. don’t believe that Obama’s unilateral actions can be easily undone. “The Clean Air Act has proven to be quite durable.” said David Waskow, director of international initiatives for the World Resources Institute. “While elements may be slowed or modified by legal challenges, they are rarely overturned.”
The Republican warning may make other nations a bit nervous about coming to the table, but will not halt the enormous regulations that the White House intends to enact. By the time a new President is elected, power generators and automobile manufacturers will likely have already undertaken multi-billion dollar projects to meet the regulatory demands. The costs will already be in and undoing the regulations will be largely symbolic, if they happen at all.
Ultimately, companies don’t actually pay for anything. Customers do. It will become much more expensive to produce electricity – ergo, electricity will cost much more to consume and cars meeting the 54+ mpg regulation will cost much more and likely be mainly hybrid/electric in nature. Automobile prices will be unaffordable for most Americans and the vehicles will be likely be little more than hatchbacks with an extension cord (Prius, Volt, etc.)
While the Republicans make their public objections on everything from immigration to Obamacare, executive overreach to energy regulations – their inaction and inability to reverse White House actions speaks louder. But this time, your honor, they “strenuously object.”