Come 2016, there's a decent chance that the EPA's proposal will place Republicans in the very bind they hoped it would create for Democrats this year.
Republicans Had Months to Prepare for War Over Obama's Climate Plan, and This Is the Best They Could Do?
June 03, 2014
On both politics and policy, their arguments don't stand up.
The coal industry is in decline, and so is its voting power.
Advocates of a federal push to cut U.S. emissions have claimed it would prod developing countries to do even more. Now comes the test.
Anyone who buys into the assumption that the new EPA climate plan will "rival the battle over health care" is making a big, obvious error, and another smaller one.
They say it's a big deal in the fight against global warming—substantively and symbolically—even if there's a lot more to do.
Monday's announcement of new regulations on coal-fired power plants will be historic. But big questions remain.
Conservatives Call Obama's New EPA Rules a 'War on Coal,' But the Real War Will Be in the States
May 30, 2014
It depends on state regulators.
Obama's Dirty, Coal-Loving Past
May 29, 2014
The coal industry says Obama's new energy rules are the product of his lifelong emnity. His record says otherwise.
It's the idea mainstream conservatives used to support—and participation by states will be voluntary. But, you know, it's still Obama.