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Obama White House Circumvents Congress with New Emissions Standards

Last Thursday while the Republican National Convention was well underway, the Obama White House circumvented Congress yet again.  This time, it was to impose radical new environmental restrictions that will be carried out by the many bureaucracies that have exploded under the Obama administration.  With Cap and Trade dead, but almost passing with the Democrat super majority, the White House is doing anything they can to regulate by fiat, since they know their extreme agenda won't pass through Congress.

These radical new regulations come one week after the EPA released new miles per gallon fuel economy mandates for automobiles, showing that Obama is using his final months in office to leave his mark. 

From Reuters

The Obama administration has been unable to get Congress to pass comprehensive energy and climate legislation that would set a price on carbon pollution and stimulate investment in renewable energy and CHP.

The administration has focused instead on devising direct regulations through cabinet agencies to help the U.S. meet the president's goal to cut greenhouse gas emissions 17 percent below 2005 levels by 2020.

Thursday's executive order came just two days after the White House finalized a rule - developed with U.S. automakers - that would double fuel efficiency standards for automobiles and light trucks to 54.5 miles per gallon by 2025.

The EPA said the car efficiency standards will be the most effective domestic policy in place to curb greenhouse gas emissions, cutting as much as 6 billion metric tons of carbon dioxide equivalent by 2025.

Meanwhile, a boom in the production of shale gas has accelerated a shift in the electric sector to natural gas-fired generation away from coal-fired generation.

The shift caused carbon dioxide emissions from energy use in the first quarter of this year to fall their lowest level in the U.S. in 20 years.

"Encouraging investments in CHP offers the opportunity for increasing the efficiency of energy-intensive manufacturing, while simultaneously meeting the need for new electric power generation capacity," said Neal Elliott, associate director at the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy.

"CHP projects will make the most efficient use of our gas resource and the capital investment required to generate electricity from gas."

Obama and his radical liberal special interest groups are targeting energy production and imposing "climate change" regulation, which will stifle innovation and drive costs up for consumers.  The changes mandated by the administration, although admirable, are cause of significant concern.  Consumers will not save from this alleged innovation, as companies will pass along costs to consumers.  If anyone in the Obama White House ever worked in the private sector, they'd figure this out.

Expect more radical mandates through executive orders as the November election nears - they know they're running out of time.

Cliff Levine is a contributing editor for Habledash.

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