John Podesta issues warning to GOP on climate regulations
BY BRIAN HUGHES | MAY 5, 2014 AT 3:27 PM
White House senior adviser John Podesta had a clear message Monday for Republicans trying to undo President Obama's environmental regulations: It won't work.
Podesta, dispatched to the White House briefing room Monday to preview a forthcoming report from the administration on climate change, took aim at the Republicans trying to squash new Environmental Protection Agency rules on carbon emissions.
“All I would say is that those have zero percent chance of working. We're committed to moving forward with those rules,” he said. “We're committed to maintaining the authority and the president's authority to ensure that the Clean Air Act is fully implemented.”
Leading Republicans are expected to offer amendments this week to an energy efficiency bill, trying to undo Obama’s regulatory push to limit greenhouse gases from power plants.
But Podesta said the administration was on pace to meet a June deadline to propose new limits on carbon emissions from existing power plants.
And the senior White House official criticized those who deny the effects of climate change.
“I'd say that probably look out your window,” he said to critics.
“If you want to try to side with the polluters and argue to the American public that climate change is not happening, today, tomorrow and certainly in the future, that's going to be a losing argument,” he added.