President Obama dedicated his Saturday address to making the case for the power plant regulations he will formally unveil on Monday. He did so primarily on the basis of their health benefit, while countering arguments that these efforts will ruin the economy. "That's what they always say," he pointed out, in past debates over health and environmental regulations that did not ruin the economy but fostered innovation that led to new businesses and jobs. But he also framed these regulations in relation to the climate crisis, which he pointed out is now part of our present. Looking to the future he said, "As President and as a parent, I refuse to condemn our children to a planet that's beyond fixing."
In covering this address, TPM noted that while the new regulations that won't really become effective for years are a compromise with political realities, given current laws it's at the limit of his presidential powers.