September 16, 2019

Climate Issues; Farm Bill; and EPA Regulation

Climate Issues

Steven Mufson and Michael D. Shear reported in today’s Washington Post that, “President Obama tried Wednesday to channel public outrage about the Gulf of Mexico oil spill into support for a climate-change bill, seeking to redefine an issue that threatens to tarnish his presidency.

“In a speech at Pittsburgh’s Carnegie Mellon University, Obama made one of his strongest pitches for comprehensive climate legislation, arguing that the case for breaking the nation’s addiction to fossil fuels has been made clearer by the environmental catastrophe in the gulf.

The president vowed to gather votes for the climate bill in the ‘coming months’ and repeated his intention to roll back billions of dollars in tax breaks for big oil companies, to tap natural gas reserves as an alternative to coal, and to increase reliance on nuclear power — although energy experts said that such a program would leave the country just as dependent on offshore oil.”