President Obama intends to unveil a package of second-term climate change policies in July, according to a news account.
Bloomberg reports that Obama, at closed-door fundraisers in recent weeks, “has been telling Democratic party donors that he will unveil new climate proposals in July.”
The story cites sources that attended the events or have been briefed. Bloomberg notes that a person “close to the White House” said final decisions are still being made about the plan.
Obama has vowed to take new executive-level actions if Congress doesn’t pass a major climate law, and the prospects for Capitol Hill action are remote.
Several agencies have a hand in climate policies, but Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) regulations are among the most closely watched and controversial.
EPA, in March 2012, proposed carbon emissions rules for new power plants, but their completion has been delayed.
Green groups and several Democratic lawmakers are pressing the Obama administration to take a more far-reaching step: Act on the EPA’s commitment, made in a 2010 legal settlement, to require emissions rules for existing power plants.
Addressing existing coal-fired plants is a top priority for activists, but the White House and the EPA have not provided a timeline for launching the lengthy administrative journey for those rules.
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