Tuesday, Pres. Obama promised to use "executive actions" to fight climate change "if Congress doesn't act soon." Sen. James Inhofe (R-Okla.) says Obama will have to, since any new legislation is "dead in the water."
In last night's State Of The Union address, Obama said:
"I urge this Congress to get together, pursue a bipartisan, market-based solution to climate change, like the one John McCain and Joe Lieberman worked on together a few years ago.
"But if Congress won't act soon to protect future generations, I will. I will direct my Cabinet to come up with executive actions we can take, now and in the future, to reduce pollution, prepare our communities for the consequences of climate change, and speed the transition to more sustainable sources of energy."
Sen. Inhofe tells "The Right Views" that Obama already knows he can't get any new climate laws passed, so he used last night's speech to lay the groundwork for forcing his agenda through:
"Since I defeated cap-and-trade legislation in the Senate in 2009, everyone has known that additional climate legislation is dead on arrival. Why else would the President threaten last night to force his global warming agenda through executive action?
"He used the State of the Union as an opportunity to provide himself with political cover as he continues to advance his climate change agenda through the EPA and the Clean Air Act. This is nothing new. He's already proposed regulations limiting greenhouse gases on new power plants; everyone expects him to do the same for existing plants."
But, Obama won't stop there, and the consequences will be "unspeakable," Inhofe warns:
"Then he'll go industry-by-industry, regulating greenhouse gas emissions on everything from schools to homes and apartment buildings.
"The effect of this will be unspeakable; earlier versions of climate change legislation would have cost the economy $400 billion per year; regulations under the Clean Air Act will cost even more. These compliance costs will dramatically increase the cost of energy and every other product we buy. It's a very serious issue, and I will be working tirelessly to raise awareness about these rules and do everything I can to stop him."