According to The Hill, President Obama is determined not to let the people’s representatives have their say on climate change legislation. Rather than allow Congress to work its will — or not act as they see fit — the President is pushing a number of costly regulations intended to limit greenhouse gasses from power plants. These regulations will be tied up in court long after the President’s term has ended and may never come into effect, but if they do, the only thing we can be fairly certain of is that they will be costly. They will drive up the price of electricity as older, paid for, coal fired power plants are forced to shut down. The regulations will also make everyone’s power supply less reliable since under Obama’s rule, we will attempt to replace reliable baseload coal plants with intermittent wind and solar power — better hope we don’t have many cloudy days with little or no wind. Finally, because the majority of greenhouse gasses are now coming from China and other developing countries, even if you believe humans are causing potentially dangerous global warming, these rules will do nothing to prevent rising temperatures (which they haven’t for 16 years) or other climate changes.
The President is more concerned about his legacy than the Constitutional separation of powers. One more lose, lose policy by the Imperial President.