“….we have a moral obligation to future generations…”
Because Congress has failed to act—under both Democrat and Republican leadership—the President is left with limited administrative tools to tackle this enormous problem. That means a heavy handed centralized command and control regulatory environment, and a best-effort to convince countries with huge carbon appetites to play along.
ConservAmerica has not endorsed one specific solution to climate change. We believe solutions that leverage the free market and reach beyond our own borders have the best chance of success. We believe America can tackle this enormous problem through its unique and entrepreneurial knack for innovation and technological advancement.
The president’s plan acknowledges that we cannot unilaterally force China or India to dramatically reduce their carbon emissions. Only Congress enacting a carbon tax at our borders could ‘level’ the playing field for the U.S. economy. But, the president does highlight three ideas ConservAmerica strongly supports:
1) Natural gas is a critical bridge fuel and our innovations in that field are ripe for export to other nations. This focus can cut carbon emissions by fifty percent (compared to coal) and strengthen our own economy.
2) A resurgence in the U.S. nuclear power industry can provide dependable base loads of energy here, and can spur thousands of new jobs as we export our research and development to other nations.
3) Coal will be an important source of power for much of the world for decades to come. It is incumbent upon us—both for moral and economic reasons—to help other nations to burn coal cleaner.
These ideas, or areas of emphasis, would sound perfectly normal coming from the lips of any Republican.
President Obama sets June 2015 as the deadline for the Administration to finalize rules and regulations under this plan. Our fellow Republicans can play rope-a-dope, like we did while the Administration cobbled together the Affordable Healthcare Act, or we can take an active leadership role to formulate the best possible policies to protect our way of life. In this, let’s follow the lead of Senator John McCain:
“We have many advantages in the fight against global warming, but time is not of them. Instead of idly debating the precise extent of global warming, or the precise timeline of global warming, we need to deal with the central facts of rising temperatures, rising waters, and all the endless troubles that global warming will bring. We stand warned by serious and credible scientists across the world that time is short and the dangers are great. The most relevant question now is whether our government is equal to the challenge.”
At ConservAmerica, we believe Republicans and conservatives can and should lead our nation in this challenge.