Obama is back to his old climate-change game. It’s a non-starter according to Stephen Moore of The Wall Street Journal:
President Obama’s climate speech on Tuesday was supposed to be the first stage of a political recovery after weeks of nonstop White House scandal. But Republicans immediately seized on the regulatory blitz as a political winner—for them.
Reaction to the speech from Republican congressmen was uniformly harsh. Members I talked to were overjoyed that Mr. Obama is back to recycling the kinds of green energy policies that voters rejected in his first term. This is a kinder, gentler version of the cap-and-trade tax program of 2009 that helped fuel the tea party rebellion and landslide GOP 2010 midterm elections.
The National Republican Congressional Committee sent emails to the media in competitive House districts challenging Democratic candidates to endorse the Obama climate agenda. And energy state Republicans such as Rep. Shelley Moore Capito of West Virginia denounced the Obama plan as “another move in the president’s tyrannical game of picking winners and losers in the energy industry.” Sen. Jerry Moran of Kansas belittled the plan as “a war on coal” and a “jobs killer.”