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Senate climate hawk applauds ‘sea change’ from Obama

Sen. Sheldon WhitehouseSheldon WhitehouseCommittee chairman aims for House vote on opioid bills by Memorial Day Regulators seek to remove barriers to electric grid storage Prison sentencing bill advances over Sessions objections MORE (D-R.I.), a climate hawk who hasn’t been afraid to criticize the White House, really likes what he sees these days from President Obama.

Whitehouse tells The Washington Post there’s been a “sea change” from Obama, who unveiled a second-term climate agenda in a June speech that includes carbon emissions rules for power plants.

“It does not appear to be ‘just make a speech and walk away,’” Whitehouse told the Post. “It appears to be a lasting and real policy shift.”

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His comments are part of a much wider piece on Obama’s second-term environmental agenda and the new Cabinet-level officials, such as EPA head Gina McCarthyRegina (Gina) McCarthyOvernight Energy: Dems ask Pruitt to justify first-class travel | Obama EPA chief says reg rollback won't stand | Ex-adviser expects Trump to eventually rejoin Paris accord Overnight Regulation: Trump to take steps to ban bump stocks | Trump eases rules on insurance sold outside of ObamaCare | FCC to officially rescind net neutrality Thursday | Obama EPA chief: Reg rollback won't stand Obama EPA chief: Trump regulation rollbacks won't hold up legally MORE and Energy Secretary Ernest MonizErnest Jeffrey MonizOvernight Energy: Pruitt defends first-class travel | Watchdog says contractor charged Energy Department for spas, lobbying | Experts see eased EPA enforcement under Trump Obama energy secretary named to utility giant’s board Give Trump new nukes and we are that much closer to war MORE, who will carry it out.

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