John Podesta Says Congress Has ‘Zero Percent Chance’ of Blocking Climate Action Plan

Polar meltdown John Podesta special adviser to the Obama administration didn’t pull any punches when it came to addressing climate change at a White House press briefing Monday. He stated,”Look out your window, you’ll  begin to feel the effects. Ninety-seven percent of scientists agree that there is an overwhelming amount of evidence that exists that climate change is real, it’s happening, it’s caused by the Co2 pollution and pollutants that we are putting in to our air that cause climate change.” He then went on to lambaste climate change deniers further by saying, “If you want to try to try to side with the polluters and argue to the American public that climate change is not happening, today, tomorrow and certainly in the future that’s going to be a losing argument.”

“They’ll find various ways, particularly in the House, to try to stop us from using the authority we have under the Clean Air Act,” Podesta said at the White House press briefing. “All I would say is that those have zero percent chance of working,” he said. “We’re committed to moving forward with those rules.”

Regarding the time he expects the regulations to go forward, Mr. Podesta stated regarding the President’s Climate Action Plan, “the President has asked the EPA to move forward to regulate existing power plants under the Clean Air Act.  He set a June 1 deadline.  I think we will meet that or be close to it.  And the EPA has modeled a proposal that’s being reviewed through an interagency process right now, so we will propose — we’ll have a proposed rule out in the beginning of June.” According to the EPA “Fossil fuel-fired power plants are the largest source of U.S. CO2 emissions.” The Obama administration is preparing to use provisions of the Clean Air Act in order curb emissions from coal and oil-fired plants as a part of the President’s Climate Action Plan. Some of the key elements of the plan include:

  • Setting a goal to reduce carbon pollution by at least 3 billion metric tons cumulatively by 2030 – more than half of the annual carbon pollution from the U.S. energy sector – through efficiency standards set over the course of the Administration for appliances and federal buildings.
  • Directs DOI to permit enough renewables project—like wind and solar – on public lands by 2020 to power more than 6 million homes; designates the first-ever hydropower project for priority permitting; and sets a new goal to install 100 megawatts of renewables on federally assisted housing by 2020; while maintaining the commitment to deploy renewables on military installations.
  • Expands the President’s Better Building Challenge, focusing on helping commercial, industrial, and multi-family buildings cut waste and become at least 20 percent more energy-efficient by 2020.