Reaction to Obama’s Global Warming Plan

• “This is the beginning of the end of America’s long, dirty power plant era.”– Sen. Edward J. Markey (D-Mass.), co-author of failed bill to limit carbon emissions
• “The president’s plan is nuts, there’s really no more succinct way to describe it.” – House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio)
• “Once again, the president has chosen to side with extreme activists instead of unemployed Americans. He will soon discover that instead of being remembered as an environmental champion, his legacy will be one of economic failure.” – Sen. John Barrasso (R-Wyo.)
• “While it is important to reduce carbon in the atmosphere, this should not be achieved by EPA regulations. Congress should set the terms, goals and timeframe.” – Democratic Sen. Mary Landrieu, who is up for re-election in energy-dependent Louisiana.
• “All countries, including the United States, must do even more than what this reduction trajectory indicates. … Nevertheless, this is an important step for an administration and a president really investing politically in fighting climate change.” – Connie Hedegard, climate change commissioner for the European Union.
• “If these rules are allowed to go into effect, the administration, for all intents and purposes, is creating America’s next energy crisis.” – Mike Duncan, president and CEO of the American Council for Clean Coal Electricity.
• “Today’s announcement by the Obama administration to reduce our nation’s global warming pollution from power plants is the most important step taken to combat the climate crisis in our country’s history.” – Former Vice President Al Gore, climate advocate and 2007 Nobel Peace Prize winner for his work on climate change.
Source: AP