Pat Michaels: 'The Constitution is plain as day that any international treaty that compels certain actions by the United States requires a two-thirds ratification by the Senate. Only a king could think he would not be subject to that.'
'How on God’s getting-greener earth can the president think the nation can be “compelled,” absent the two-thirds vote of the Senate explicitly required by the Constitution?'
'The Obama administration is working on new efficiency standards for seemingly every appliance but the kitchen sink. Spurred by President Obama’s climate action plan, the Department of Energy is pumping out new standards for refrigerators, dishwashers, air conditioners, ceiling fans, furnaces, boilers, water heaters, lamps and many more appliances.'
'The goal of Obama’s climate plan is to reduce carbon pollution so much by 2030 that it would be equivalent to taking 44 million cars off the road, according to the Energy Department. The push for tougher efficiency standards was initially ushered in with the 2009 stimulus bill, which included $16.8 billion for the Energy Department to promote efficiency. '
CEI's Marlo Lewis: 'The administration’s game plan, apparently, goes like this. Obama climate negotiators will argue that the greenhouse gas regulations administered by EPA, DOE, DOT, and other agencies fulfill our 1992 Rio Treaty obligation to implement climate change mitigation “policies and measures.” They then ask for similar “voluntary pledges” from other major emitters. The resulting agreement would merely update the Rio Treaty. Hence, no new vote on ratification is required. Legally, the problem with this strategy is that the Senate ratified the Rio Treaty precisely on the understanding that the executive branch would not make binding emission reduction commitments absent additional advice and consent. If the administration’s greenhouse gas regulations implement the Rio Treaty, then each should have been submitted to the Senate for a vote on ratification. None were.'
"It is fruitless for this Administration — or any Administration — to negotiate agreements with the rest of the world when it cannot even muster the support of the American people," Rahall said Wednesday in a statement."This Administration's go it alone strategy is surely less about dysfunction in Congress than about the President's own unwillingness to listen to our coal miners, steelworkers, farmers, and working families," he added.