Obama Administration: If Congress Doesn't Act, We Will

Posted: Dec 10, 2009 1:00 PM
Fox News reports that the Obama administration has some serious ambitions and plans to bypass Congress and enact a cap-and-tax system through federal regulations.  If Congress fails to act, the White House is now warning, the Obama administration intends to:

The Obama administration is warning Congress that if it doesn’t move to regulate greenhouse gases, the Environmental Protection Agency will take a “command-and-control” role over the process in a way that could hurt business. 

The warning, from a top White House economic official who spoke Tuesday on condition of anonymity, came on the eve of EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson’s address to the international conference on climate change in Copenhagen, Denmark. ...

But while administration officials have long said they prefer Congress take action on climate change, the economic official who spoke with reporters Tuesday night made clear that the EPA will not wait and is prepared to act on its own. 

And it won’t be pretty. 

“If you don’t pass this legislation, then … the EPA is going to have to regulate in this area,” the official said. “And it is not going to be able to regulate on a market-based way, so it’s going to have to regulate in a command-and-control way, which will probably generate even more uncertainty.” 

So if Congress won't pass the cap-and-trade bill which the public DOES NOT want passed, the Obama administration will step in and act, fully knowing that the EPA's regulations would hurt the nation's economy.