President Barack Obama is using his executive authority to take his strongest action yet against climate change -- proposing new EPA regulations.
Oooohhh, new regulations. This should be fun.
The chief of the Environmental Protection Agency will announce a proposal Monday that will require power plants to cut their carbon emissions by 30% by 2030, a source briefed on the matter told CNN.
30 by 30! The EPA must've hired the marketing experts at ESPN.
States will have a variety of options to meet the goal, the source said.
Variety is the spice of life.
Some Republicans aren't happy, saying the requirement will kill jobs in the coal industry.
"Some Republicans aren't happy"? That's an understatement. But let's work through the logic. Some Republicans aren't happy. Therefore, not all Republicans aren't not happy. So some Republicans are the opposite of not happy.
But the White House says it's not just good for the environment, it will also be healthier.
Sort of like fruit for the environment.
"As president, and as a parent, I refuse to condemn our children to a planet that's beyond fixing," Obama said in his weekly address Saturday.
Do you think the president ever plays the president card with his kids?
"Because I'm the President, that's why!"
The U.S. Chamber of Commerce, a business federation, estimated the new regulations will cost the economy $50 billion a year.
And I'm sure the U.S. Chanber of Commerce also reported benefit numbers to go along with the costs. Let me help. According to Costanza, the benefits of the new regulations will be in the neighborhood of $100 bazillion...per minute.
"The Administration has set out to kill coal and its 800,000 jobs," Sen. Mike Enzi said in the GOP weekly address Saturday. "If it succeeds in death by regulation, we'll all be paying a lot more money for electricity - if we can get it."
But, maybe, just maybe, we all are paying too little for electricity now?