Obama is pushing for new ‘climate deal’ as he faces Republican resistance
- by admin
President Barack Obama and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell are weighing a new climate deal, but Republican senators have repeatedly rejected it and Republicans in Congress are unlikely to support it.
In a move that is sure to be interpreted as a signal that they are willing to back a new, climate-focused approach to the president’s job, Republicans in the House and Senate passed legislation Thursday that would add language to the annual National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) that would set limits on the use of military power to address climate change.
While it’s unlikely that any Republican senators will join them, the House passed its own bill on the same topic in December and both the Senate and House have expressed support for the legislation.
The NDAA would not directly limit the president from using military force, but it would prohibit the use and transfer of any U.S. military equipment to any country that has already deployed greenhouse gas-emitting technology.
It also would bar the U.N. climate chief from working with the White House.
If the NDAA were to become law, it would require Congress to pass a climate bill each year and would be signed into law if the president approves it.
The president has said he supports a new deal to address greenhouse gas emissions, but his administration has been reluctant to put forward a new plan and instead has been lobbying against efforts to impose new emissions-reduction measures.
Senate Majority Whip John Cornyn, a Texas Republican who is also a member of the Senate’s climate panel, told reporters that a new bill is “very much on the table” for consideration.
He said the bill would address the issue of military action against countries that do not meet their climate commitments.
Cornyn said he has been talking to the White
President Barack Obama and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell are weighing a new climate deal, but Republican senators have repeatedly…