Today is the day when the administration rolls out its plan to address Climate Change or, at the detractors will argue, the first day of the War on Coal. Justin Gillis and Henry Fountain have an excellent piece on this up at the New York Times. At 10:30am, the Environmental Protection Agency administrator, Gina McCarthy, “will deliver remarks on what steps EPA is taking under the Clean Air Act to carry out President Obama’s Climate Action Plan to cut carbon pollution from existing power plants, the single largest source of greenhouse gas emissions in the United States. The announcement will outline a common sense and flexible approach to cut harmful pollution, protect public health, continue economic growth, and spur innovation.”
After her remarks, Ms. McCarthy will take questions, and the War on Coal will begin in earnest. This effort, not the Keystone XL pipeline decision, will be the key to President Obama’s legacy on the environment. You will be deluged with stupid hyperbole from both the coal industry and their lackeys and the hard-liners in the environmental movement. What you are unlikely to hear from anyone not affiliated with the administration is any kind of full-throated defense of Obama’s policies.