Obama Unveils Climate Change Plan That Goes Around Congress (via The Hill)

President Obama is launching fresh battles over climate change with plans to  curb emissions using executive powers that sidestep Congress — including  controversial rules to cut carbon pollution from existing power plants.

The wide-ranging  plan, which Obama will tout in a speech later Tuesday, also beefs up  federal efforts to help deploy low-carbon and renewable energy, and has programs  to help harden communities against climate-fueled extreme weather.

Internationally, it seeks to knock down  trade barriers to  climate-friendly goods and services; enhance cooperation with India, China and  other big carbon emitters; and curb U.S. support for overseas coal plant  construction, among many other steps.

The plan is designed to get around Congress, where major climate bills have  no political traction. White House spokesman Jay Carney said Monday that Obama’s  executive approach “reflects reality.”

But the plan, especially its controversial Environmental Protection Agency    power plant regulations, will nonetheless face big hurdles on and off  Capitol Hill.

This article can be accessed by visiting http://thehill.com/blogs/e2-wire/e2-wire/307507-obama-unveils-climate-plan-that-goes-around-congress#ixzz2XF4UTw4o

As short video outlining the President’s initiative can be accessed by visiting http://thehill.com/video/administration/307517-obama-lays-out-energy-plan

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