Blackburn: If We Can't Get China to Turn Over One Fugitive, It Won't Follow Obama's Climate Lead

Craig Bannister
By Craig Bannister | June 25, 2013 | 3:13 PM EDT

Energy and Commerce Committee Vice Chairman Marsha Blackburn (R-TN) responded to President Obama's climate change action plan, which includes imposing costly regulations on new and existing fossil-fuel power plants and expanding taxpayer spending for more climate activities across the federal government.

Apparently alluding to the Obama administration's failure to convince China to stop NSA leaker Edward Snowden from leaving Hong Kong, Rep. Blackburn said:

"If we cannot get China to agree to hand over one American fugitive, the prospects for China following the president's climate lead are dim. Leaders in Beijing will gladly welcome America's job creators, and America's coal with open arms."

"Affordable, reliable energy is critical for American jobs and economic growth and our ability to be resilient to natural disasters and weather events.

"While the president's power plant standards will not change the weather, they will certainly drive up electricity prices and threaten thousands of American jobs in energy-intensive industries across the U.S. economy."