27 states have sued so far to block these rules so far……
Sen. James Inhofe (R-OK) said Wednesday that Americans would not agree to pay the $3 billion President Obama has promised to contribute to the United Nations’ Green Climate Fund.
The Green Climate Fund is the collective pool of money pledged by U.N. members to help underdeveloped countries launch projects to reduce their carbon emissions.
“When it comes to the financing, I know that a lot of people over there, the 192 countries, are going to assume that Americans are going to line up and joyfully pay $3 billion into this fund,” Inhofe said during a hearing of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee, which he chairs. “But that’s not going to happen either.”
The committee met Wednesday to discuss COP 21, the upcoming international climate change talks sponsored by the U.N. that will begin Dec. 7 in Paris.
“[President Obama] did send information in that he’s going to be reaching between a 26 and 28 percent reduction in emissions, but failed to say how he’s going to do this,” Inhofe pointed out.
Inhofe said he believes Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) officials declined to attend the committee hearing because the agency is unable to detail how President Obama plans to meet his goal of reducing carbon emissions up to 28 percent by 2025.
“We… asked the EPA to attend, and they refused to attend,” Inhofe continued. “Now, this is the first time in my experience in the years that I’ve been here, eight years in the House and 20 years in the Senate, that the committee of jurisdiction making a request that someone appear and they don’t appear.
“So I think there’s a reason. Because they don’t know how the calculation of 26 to 28 percent was working,” Inhofe said.
Sen. Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV) agreed with Inhofe that the president’s promised decrease in CO2 emissions cannot be met.
“President Obama cannot meet his goal of 26 to 28 percent reduction in CO2 emissions without the full implementation of this regulation [Clean Power Plan] , and we believe that it stands on shaky legal and political ground,” Capito said, noting widespread oppositon to the stringent emissions rules at both the federal and state level.
“The Senate has now fully rejected these rules, and we expect the House to do the same, and then the President will have a chance to make his opinion known,” said Capito. “But over half our states, 27 to be precise, have now sued the EPA to block these rules.”
If the climate change agreement reached in Paris is legally binding on the United States, it must be submitted to the Senate as required by the Constitution, she stated.