Senate climate hawk applauds ‘sea change’ from Obama

Sen. Sheldon WhitehouseSheldon WhitehouseDems introduce MAR-A-LAGO Act to publish visitor logs Under pressure, Dems hold back Gorsuch support The Hill’s Whip List: Where Dems stand on Trump’s Supreme Court nominee 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 McCarthyEPA chief: ‘Help is on the way’ for farmers Trump moves to kill Obama water rule Obama EPA chief: Pruitt must uphold ‘law and science’ MORE and Energy Secretary Ernest MonizErnest MonizWhat we learned from Rick Perry's confirmation hearing Overnight Energy: Rough hearing for Tillerson Overnight Energy: Former Exxon chief Tillerson takes the hot seat MORE, who will carry it out.

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