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Presidential power (or the lack of it) over energy policy

Discussion in 'Energy, Environment, and Policy' started by Norse, Jun 25, 2013.

  1. Norse

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    NigelM Recovering Member

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    At risk of going OT....

    The President says something, lays out a policy etc, but local politicians are corrupted by personal benefits into implementing local laws against common sense and regardless of policy. U.S. or Russia? Hmmmm...

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    Except arguing with Putin is less "healthy" for a politician than arguing with Obama, which may actually be a requirement for office depending on your locale.
     
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    Since I follow Tesla and therefore the US politics I realized how little power Obama has, its really a joke.
     
  6. Curt Renz

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    It was not intended to be a joke. It was quite intentional when our nation's founders wrote the Constitution. They did not want a king as they had recently gotten rid of one. Congress makes all laws, therefore it creates all programs and the agencies that run them. The president is the chief executive in charge of managing those agencies and programs. However, he can lobby Congress and request various laws and programs. In fact, he is required to do so. He also has a great deal of discretion in operating those programs within the outlines setup by Congress.

    His proposals today were supposedly within the bounds of his authority to implement policies within the agencies he oversees. We'll see what Congress has to say about that. If they can't work things out, the Supreme Court has the final say. Foreigners often see the American president as especially powerful, since foreign relations is the primary realm in which he can take the initiative. Although Americans can misapply credit or blame too, since it's easier to focus on a single personality rather than 535 in Congress.
     
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    Very well put. The president (and the federal government for that matter) have become far more powerful than the foundering father's intended. Even so, he is not as powerful as many perceive him to be. Even US citizens ascribe much blame or credit to the president for events well out of his control.

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  8. brianman

    brianman Burrito Founder

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    "Yes, only Bush/Cheney had the power to destroy everything good."

    Definitely overdue for moving this political tangent to somewhere else?
     

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