Obama, EPA issue ultimatum to Congress

The first thing a responsible Congress would do when threatened like this by the executive branch is remove EPA’s jurisdiction over greenhouse gases. Then fight over whether to enact an economy-wrecking Ration & Tax bill which would accomplish nothing climatically. But we don’t have a responsible Congress.

“The Obama administration is warning Congress that if it doesn’t move to regulate greenhouse gases, the Environmental Protection Agency will take a “command-and-control” role over the process in a way that could hurt business.

The warning, from a top White House economic official who spoke Tuesday on condition of anonymity, came on the eve of EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson’s address to the international conference on climate change in Copenhagen, Denmark. …

[T]he economic official who spoke with reporters Tuesday night made clear that the EPA will not wait and is prepared to act on its own.

And it won’t be pretty.

“If you don’t pass this legislation, then … the EPA is going to have to regulate in this area,” the official said. “And it is not going to be able to regulate on a market-based way, so it’s going to have to regulate in a command-and-control way, which will probably generate even more uncertainty.”” “Administration Warns of ‘Command-and-Control’ Regulation Over Emissions

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