Senate climate hawk applauds ‘sea change’ from Obama

Sen. Sheldon WhitehouseSheldon WhitehouseDems in Germany: Trump can't stop clean energy revolution Senate Dems demand answers on Social Security info given to election integrity commission Strange bedfellows on criminal justice reform could offer Trump a legislative win 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 McCarthyGina McCarthyThe media’s tactics to silence science at Trump’s EPA Overnight Energy: EPA releases ozone findings | Lawmakers come out against Perry grid plan | Kids sue Trump on climate change Congress must come to terms on climate change regulation MORE and Energy Secretary Ernest MonizErnest Jeffrey MonizStop wasting tax dollars on failing nuclear projects Trump vows hard line with Iran, setting stage to decertify deal Renewing America’s commitment to nuclear energy MORE, who will carry it out.

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