05 Apr '11, 11pm

Obama did not ‘promise’ to veto an EPA-blocking bill

Obama did not ‘promise’ to veto an EPA-blocking bill

Much more realism in this political analysis than usual in Grist. It isn't that Obama is hostile towards lefty greens but rather that he wants to take them for granted in the short run to simplify his reelection campaign. He certainly does not want to deal with regulating CO2 until after he gets reelected. After the election, he should be eager to regulate CO2 unless he uses it as a bargaining chip in a more important negotiation (for example, the budget negotiations). The political problem with regulating CO2 is that it is mostly pain for not much gain. Regulating CO2 makes it more likely for Dems to lose states like West Virginia and Pennsylvania and Ohio and Michigan (any purple state that produces or uses a lot of energy). Obviously Obama does not want to take that risk until after the election. The reduction in temperatures from attaching a tax to CO2 production in th...

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