Note how Politico only interviewed enviros — no experts or coal guys.
xperts say the existing-plant rule will represent the single biggest climate action the president can take using his own authority. But it, too, will have to withstand attacks in court.
Beyond power plants, other sectors of the economy could be next.
Eventually, the administration is expected to propose climate regulations for oil refineries. On separate tracks, the administration is pursuing efforts to reduce methane leaks from natural gas development, make appliances and federal agencies more energy-efficient, and curb emissions of hydrofluorocarbons, a short-lived but potent greenhouse gas used in refrigerators and air conditioners.
Combined, Obama’s efforts might let the U.S. meet the target he committed to during international climate talks in his first term: reducing the nation’s greenhouse gas emissions 17 percent below 2005 levels by the end of this decade. But the planet needs much deeper cuts, experts warn. Obama has set a long-term goal of achieving an 83 percent cut by 2050, something EPA can’t accomplish on its own.