In the days leading up to the Paris climate talks, Republicans in the Senate are attempting to throw a wrench in President Obama’s efforts to protect the environment from further drastic effects of climate change. Twice in a 24-hour period, conservatives in Congress moved to weaken Obama’s position, by opposing a climate deal at the summit and threatening to block $3 billion in aid pledged to developing countries. Will the President deemed as having ‘zero f—ks left‘ change his approach to an international climate deal in light of Republican attempts to water down his mission?
As his presidency slowly but surely draws to a close, Obama has taken a more aggressive stance on environmental issues. At COP21 in Paris, which kicks off November 30, he is expected to pressure other nations to adopt more stringent limits on greenhouse gases and enact policies to encourage the growth of renewable energy sources. These recent efforts by Republican leaders are in direct opposition to that position.
Earlier this week, on Tuesday, the Republican-led Senate voted to repeal the backbone of Obama’s climate plan for the States, which outlined rules for cutting carbon pollution from power plants. Without that plan in place in the U.S., it may become more challenging for Obama to convince other world leaders to adopt similar plans in their home countries.
On Wednesday, Senate Environment and Public Works chairman James Inhofe (R-OK) along with John Barrasso (R-WY), wrote to the White House to object to Obama’s support of a new climate deal that would be stronger than the Kyoto Protocol, which is the only other international treaty on climate change to date. In a classic struggle between branches of the government, Obama points to his veto power as the primary reason not be concerned about the Republican efforts to water down his position. Obama responded by promising that he will veto any bill to repeal the power plant rules, and claiming that Congress does not have the votes to override that veto. Meanwhile, the Republican leaders argue that Obama’s plans will fail without Senate support.
Via The Guardian
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