Obama Administration Reaches Out to Local Governments to Spread Its Climate Message - NationalJournal.com
President Obama used his Inaugural Address and State of the Union speech to issue the boldest, clearest call to action on climate change ever voiced by a sitting U.S. president—but don’t expect him to barnstorm across the country with that message.
...It remains a politically inflammatory subject, and the White House communications team isn’t exactly eager to remind Americans how Obama plans to tackle the problem.
Inside Washington, in a warren of back rooms at EPA, dozens of environmental officials are working to craft landmark climate-change regulations that they hope will curb industrial pollution—and withstand a tsunami of legal and political attacks. To help them do it, they’re inviting in heads of the industries and businesses that will soon be forced to implement the rules. Business leaders, although they’re not happy about the coming regulations, are jumping on the opportunity to communicate their concerns and perhaps help shape the rules they’ll have to live by.
....it’s almost certain that Boxer’s bill—which she has said she hopes to bring to the floor by this summer—will die in the Senate and be dead on arrival in the Republican House.