McConnell Warns Countries Against Obama’s UN Climate Plan

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) on Tuesday warned foreign countries against President Obama’s proposal to the United Nations for cut carbon emissions in the United States.

As ThinkProgress noted, McConnell issued a statement criticizing Obama’s “unattainable” plan shortly after the proposal was released.

“Even if the job-killing and likely illegal Clean Power Plan were fully implemented, the United States could not meet the targets laid out in this proposed new plan,” McConnell said in the statement. “Considering that two-thirds of the U.S. federal government hasn’t even signed off on the Clean Power Plan and 13 states have already pledged to fight it, our international partners should proceed with caution before entering into a binding, unattainable deal.”

The Sierra Club accused McConnell of copying Sen. Tom Cotton’s (R-AR) attempt to undermine the Iran deal.

“Mitch McConnell has evidently stolen Tom Cotton’s playbook for undermining American leadership in the face of international crises,” Sierra Club President John Coequyt said in a statement, according to The Hill.

Earlier in March, McConnell also told states to ignore the Environmental Protection Agency’s new rules on carbon emissions from coal-fired power plants. The majority leader wrote in a letter to the National Governors Association that the EPA’s rule to cut emissions goes “far beyond its legal authority.”

“This proposed plan is already on shake legal grounds, will be extremely burdensome and costly, and will not seriously address the global environmental concerns that are frequently raised to justify it,” he said in the letter.

Dear Reader,

When we asked recently what makes TPM different from other outlets, readers cited factors like honesty, curiosity, transparency, and our vibrant community. They also pointed to our ability to report on important stories and trends long before they are picked up by mainstream outlets; our ability to contextualize information within the arc of history; and our focus on the real-world consequences of the news.

Our unique approach to reporting and presenting the news, however, wouldn’t be possible without our readers’ support. That’s not just marketing speak, it’s true: our work would literally not be possible without readers deciding to become members. Not only does member support account for more than 80% of TPM’s revenue, our members have helped us build an engaged and informed community. Many of our best stories were born from reader tips and valuable member feedback.

We do what other news outlets can’t or won’t do because our members’ support gives us real independence.

If you enjoy reading TPM and value what we do, become a member today.

Sincerely,
TPM Staff
Latest Livewire
Comments
Masthead Masthead
Founder & Editor-in-Chief:
Executive Editor:
Managing Editor:
Associate Editor:
Investigations Desk:
Reporters:
Newswriters:
Director of Audience:
Editor at Large:
General Counsel:
Publisher:
Head of Product:
Director of Technology:
Associate Publisher:
Front End Developer:
Senior Designer: