Even with an impaired Congress, the President can proceed as the nation’s CEO to address strategic issues such as the environment. While the GOP sees environmental regulation as a constraint on free enterprise and economic development, President Obama views it as his responsibility to the nation, future generations, and to humanity.
“We estimate that humanity has already transgressed three planetary boundaries: for climate change, rate of biodiversity loss, and changes to the global nitrogen cycle.”
The difference between these two views is contrasted by this list of considerations.
1. Obama aligns with scientists and environmentalists who believe that the planets ecology and critical resources such as clean air and water are at imminent risk.
2. Republicans prefer to ignore environmental concerns in favor of near term profit taking and economic exploitation.
3. Obama aligns with allied nations in an effort to limit carbon pollution that is generated from fossil fuel burning for power generation.
4. Republicans want to maximize the development of fossil fuel resources to gain energy independence and to lower energy costs.
5. Both need to embrace a more balanced approach to sustainable economic development.
Presidential policy can provide a “stick” to limit pollution by imposing higher emission standards on automobiles.
“REGULATION NATION: Obama bypassing Congress on climate
By Julian Hattem and Ben Goad - 08/26/13 05:45 AM ET
The success of President Obama's second-term climate agenda hinges on a set of regulations now in the works at the Environmental Protection Agency. His plan to combat global warming through new emissions standards and a shift toward increased renewable energy faces serious opposition from business groups, and Congress is steeling for battle. But if the regulations survive the attacks — and subsequent legal challenges — they could amount to one of the president's most consequential initiatives, his supporters say.”