His loyalty is to power, not process
A green-police alert from Kim Strassel at the Wall Street Journal on a slice of President Obama’s inaugural speech and the greenunists’ way-ahead:
The president’s climate shout-out sent the green community into flurries of ecstasy, with grand hopes of a new push for cap-and-trade in Congress, or of a redoubled U.S. commitment to a global carbon pact. It fell to Mrs. [Senator Barbara] Boxer [D-CA] to tamp down those ambitions, even as she reassured her devotees that there is more than one way to skin the climate cat.
“A lot of you press me . . . on: ‘Where is the bill on climate change? Where is the bill?’ There doesn’t have to be a bill,” Mrs. Boxer explained in a briefing the day after Mr. Obama’s speech. “I’m telling you right now, EPA has the authority in the transportation sector, the electricity sector, and the industrial sector under the Clean Air Act” to do everything that legislation might otherwise do.
In other words, with the election over, all pretense is gone. Democrats won’t waste political capital on a doomed cap-and-trade bill. Yet they’ll get their carbon program all the same, by deputizing the EPA to impose sweeping new rules and using their Senate majority to block any GOP effort to check the agency’s power grab. The further upside? Brute regulation is not only certain and efficient, it allows vulnerable Democrats to foist any blame on a lame-duck administration.
Indeed, unless the President decides to authorize additional presidential terms via Executive Order, why should anyone expect him to honor the balance of powers between the executive, Congress, and the judiciary when his minions can instead impose their own version of “legislation via regulation”?
While the issue of adding a carbon tax is far more complex and less subject to Congressional non-participation, recall the greens are more defined by what they’re against (“man-made global warming,” fossil fuels, etc.) than by what they favor.
Remember when they called George W. Bush a divisive unilateralist?
This Administration—and things in general—will not end well.