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  • Obama Goes On A ‘Green’ Spending Spree Ahead Of UN Summit

    The Department of Energy (DOE) announced $125 million in new spending Monday to fund 41 green energy projects ahead of the United Nations global warming summit set to take place next week.

    DOE is funding dozens of green technologies through the Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy, or ARPA-E, program to find technological solutions to fighting global warming. ARPA-E projects are ones the government thinks show promise, but aren’t yet commercially viable.

    “As we look beyond COP21, the energy technologies the Department of Energy invests in today will provide the solutions needed to combat climate change and develop a global low-carbon economy in the future,” Secretary of Energy Ernest Moniz said in a statement.

    The projects include green energy storage, window insulation, algae biomass and wind turbines. DOE says most of the funding is going to universities and small businesses.

    President Barack Obama has directed federal agencies to funnel more money to propping up green energy technologies as part of his strategy to reduce U.S. carbon dioxide emissions and show the world he’s serious about fighting global warming.

    Obama directed $102 million dollars towards producing more solar panels and driving costs down. This comes on top of the billions the Obama has directed towards green energy during his time in office — Obama earmarked $90 billion for green energy in the 2009 stimulus package.

    Obama also pushed major energy regulations in the hopes he’ll convince countries to sign onto an agreement to cut CO2 emissions at the upcoming U.N. conference, also called COP21. This will be the 21st time U.N. delegates meet to attempt to agree on a treaty, putting behind a legacy of failure.

    But while delegates are expected to sign some sort of deal in Paris, Obama is facing increased opposition at home from political opponents.

    Twenty-six states have sued the Obama administration over its rules limiting carbon dioxide emissions from coal-fired power plants from taking effect. The attorneys general of West Virginia and Texas sent a letter to the Department of State Tuesday warning the president may not be able to commit the U.S. to an international climate treaty.

    “There are significant legal limits on (President Obama’s) ability either to carry out the promises he has made in advance of Paris 2015 or to enforce any agreement arising out of the summit,” Attorneys General Patrick Morrisey of West Virginia and Ken Paxton of Texas wrote to Secretary of State John Kerry.

    The AGs also mention any “legally-binding” agreement signed in Paris must be ratified by the U.S. Senate — which is controlled by Republicans vowing to block any U.N. treaty Obama brings before them.

    “These serious legal questions are of great importance to the States,” the AGs wrote. “We expect our federal representatives to respect that system of dual sovereignty both here at home and in negotiations abroad.”

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