Republican Attorneys General eager to dismantle Obama’s climate agenda 

Posted: December 27, 2016 by oldbrew in climate, government, ideology, Politics
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How do you dismantle an agenda? We’re about to find out in the case of US climate rules and regulations that appeared in the Obama years. The Clean Power Plan looks doomed. Maybe CO2 won’t be called a pollutant any more?

As soon as President-elect Donald Trump assumes office Jan. 20, Republican attorneys general who have spent the past eight years battling the Obama administration’s climate change agenda will have a new role: supporting the Republican president’s complex legal effort to roll back that agenda, reports The Washington Post.

By contrast, states with Democratic leadership — such as California, where Gov. Jerry Brown has promised all-out war against Mr. Trump on global warming — will go from being environmental partners with the federal government to legal aggressors on their own.

Republicans have begun exercising their influence over the incoming president and his pick to lead the Environmental Protection Agency, Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt, who has built a political career by battling the very agency he is about to lead.

Earlier this month, 24 attorneys general signed an open letter laying out how the Trump administration could begin to dismantle President Obama’s global warming agenda. The effort was led by West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey, a Republican who often partnered with Mr. Pruitt in bringing lawsuits against what they said was EPA overreach

The letter focuses on the EPA’s Clean Power Plan, a proposal to limit carbon emissions from power plants that requires all states to meet strict pollution guidelines laid out by the federal government.

Federal data show the plan would drive up electricity prices.

The Supreme Court this year issued a stay halting implementation of the Clean Power Plan, but Republican attorneys general are eager for the proposal to be formally taken off the books.

“The incoming administration and Congress now have the opportunity to withdraw this unlawful rule and prevent adoption of a similar rule in the future,” the attorneys general wrote. “An executive order on Day One is critical. The order should explain that it is the administration’s view that the rule is unlawful and that EPA lacks authority to enforce it. The executive order is necessary to send an immediate and strong message to states and regulated entities that the administration will not enforce the rule.”

Some Democrat-led states are likely to continue implementing emissions reduction programs and are poised to become the EPA’s legal adversaries over the next four years. They will assume the job held by Mr. Pruitt’s Oklahoma and Mr. Morrisey’s West Virginia, completing a full role reversal.

Source: Republican Attorneys General Eager To Dismantle Obama’s Climate Agenda | The Global Warming Policy Forum (GWPF)

  1. Saighdear says:

    Surely the pragmatic approach should be to reduce Toxic pollution in all forms: CO2 doesn’t come into the bracket; Oxides of Nitrogen? – not convinced – as with Sulphur products: In agriculture we had the benefit of sulphur washing out and improving herb growth… – Oh I’ve forgotten so much – partly because of all the de-learning education system I’ve had to put up with – this past 40 yrs…No need to be releasing so many gases of any type that create / aggravate smogs, etc. Simply put waste not , want not – Donald – pay attention to what Grannie used to say !

  2. First of all it is just non-science to call CO2 a pollutant. We live in a CO2 desert and almost any scale of conceivable increase is good for not only plant life but life in general.

    Second, we really need to ensure that we have the basic temperature data to ensure that never again can a bunch of crooked charlatans abuse the data to fabricate a scare like we’ve seen.

    Third we have to depoliticise the science and create firewalls between those compiling the raw metrics, those modelling the science and those involved in policy. So, no one producing the data should have any involvement in modelling – that way they will be far less tempted to mould the data to fit their models – and those producing the models will not have control over the metrics. But most importantly, we should stop those academics involved in climate meddling in politics. In short, if they want to campaign, they should give up their public paid jobs, and join someone like Greenspin … where they would be free to campaign to their hearts content.

    Similarly, every Greenspin like organisation should be booted out of the IPCC and any similar advisory body, and those participating should be paid for their contribution (a sure way to ensure you get quality advice and not just the general rif raff with an axe to grind).

  3. I should have added, that anyone giving advice to governments on climate (or any other matter) should sign a contract explicitly stating that they are personally liable for poor quality or reckless advice. In other words, they should be forced to only give advice where they would personally guarantee it with their own assets.Which doesn’t mean they can’t give advice, they just have to be careful to state the evidence and not overstate any conclusions from that evidence.

  4. oldbrew says:

    An analogy to climate science advice might be earthquake advice…

    Italy’s supreme court clears L’Aquila earthquake scientists for good
    By Edwin Cartlidge Nov. 20, 2015 , 6:45 PM

    Six scientists convicted of manslaughter for advice they gave ahead of the deadly L’Aquila earthquake in 2009 today were definitively acquitted by Italy’s Supreme Court of Cassation in Rome following lengthy deliberations by a panel of five judges. But the court upheld the conviction of a public official tried alongside them.

    The ruling marks the end of a 5-year legal process that has proven immensely controversial in the scientific world and beyond. In 2010 the seven were placed under investigation for allegedly giving false and fatal reassurances to the people of L’Aquila a few days ahead of the earthquake, which struck on 6 April 2009, killing 309. The seven were put on trial a year later and in 2012 were each handed 6-year jail sentences. At an appeal last year, however, six of them—three seismologists, a volcanologist, and two seismic engineers—were acquitted. The seventh, Bernardo De Bernardinis, who at the time of the quake was deputy head of Italy’s civil protection department, remained convicted but with a reduced jail term of 2 years.

  5. Saighdear says:

    Hmmp ( getting grumpy now haha ) as @Scottish Sceptic also says..’..should have added, that anyone giving advice to governments on climate (or any other matter) should sign a contract explicitly stating that they are personally liable for poor quality or reckless advice’… I have stated that for years now too, …. like the Kings new clothes, – an inconvenient truth that no one wants to take on.
    NOT ONLY the advisors, but also the Politicians themselves should be held liable for their actions. As a Contractor to the Public Sector , occasionally, I have to have adequate Insurance Cover for the work I do. Those therefore also in public employment – the Politicians – should surely , therefore, also be responsible. It seems a for taken as fact, that Politics is solely about Controlling people and Spending money on their behalf, raised thru’ Taxation. Spend spend spend, tax tax tax. No sense, just nonsense. I ask , What is the point of Education in the broad and correct meaning of the word when so much education has now become corrupted and tainted to meet Political demands…..
    I have a job to do this now ( just as well or I could be going too random here ! )

  6. linneamogren says:

    Most of Obama’s agendas will be dismantled in the first 100 days! Watch for possible dismantling of the UN.