Recycling: In unveiling a new set of regulations designed to cut emissions from U.S. coal-fired power plants, President Barack Obama talked in urgent personal terms, calling it “the single most important step” the nation will take against climate change, and a “moral obligation” to save the planet for future generations. He also walked the walk, as U.S. News’ Alan Neuhauser reports, recycling lines from some of his own previous speeches on the subject, including his 2015 State of the Union speech. He also got a little personal, though, going “off script” to describe how “I don’t want my grandkids not to be able to swim in Hawaii or not to be able to climb a mountain and see a glacier because we didn’t do something about it,” Obama said. “I don’t want millions of people’s lives disrupted and this world more dangerous because we didn’t do something about it. That’d be shameful of us. This is our moment to do something right.”
Obama Gets Personal on Climate Change in Clean Power Plan Remarks
Trash It: In a dynamic as familiar as blue recycling bins, oil pipeline spills and two decades of Earth Day, Republicans and business leaders immediately lined up to slam the plan, as a job-killer and a good way to get creamed economically by China, which is among the world leaders in production of carbon emissions. And it’s as likely as a sunrise or an oil pipeline leak that the regulations will end up in court. When Obama hinted at the plan in a video released Sunday, Senator Marco Rubio of Florida — a Republican presidential candidate and member of the Senate oceans and science committee — says the plan is a loser because it does nothing to stop China and India from burning “anything they can get their hands on.” It was a click better than Rubio’s previous, “I’m not a doctor so I don’t know if it’s real” statements on climate change, if you discount the fact that the senator made Sunday’s statement at a California confab of wealthy donors, hosted by David and Charles Koch, who made billions in the fossil fuel industry.
Garbage?: Earlier Monday, Whispers told you about the hot 2016 buzz this weekend: that Vice President Joe Biden is seriously considering running for president, according to the New York Times, after his gravely ill son, Beau Biden, urged him to jump in the race. As a former presidential candidate in 1988 and 2008, the notion of Biden ‘16 seems plausible; not to mention Obama hasn’t officially endorsed Hillary Clinton, and the party apparently ain’t feeling the Bern. It’s highly possible the party honchos may be agitating for a Plan B should front-runner Clinton stumble and fall, but The Washington Post dumped a bucket of ice water on the idea with a bunch of stories and blog posts on why Biden can’t be the savior here. In short, the paper says it’s because Biden’s two previous campaigns failed for a reason, he still hasn’t put a filter on his famous gaffe gene, he doesn’t have enough time to put together an organization and, at 72 he’s, well, kinda old for the top job. Legitimate points, or beefing between two newspapers over a scoop? We report, you decide.
Your Evening Video: “Last Week Tonight” host John Oliver presents a statistically representative debate on climate change: