By Jacob Misener

Nebraska lawmakers react to President Obama's climate policy speech

Widespread displeasure ripples through the state’s leaders in Washington D.C.


Jacob Misener

President Obama, shown here at a 2012 campaign rally in Davenport, delivered a major policy speech on climate change last week, prompting Nebraska lawmakers to question its effectiveness and its long-term implications.

Last week, President Obama delivered one of his first major policy speeches in some time, focusing on climate change when much of Nebraska is anticipating a final decision on the Keystone XL pipeline.

“This is more than a war on coal and energy, it’s a war on family budgets and American jobs,” Nebraska U.S. Senator Mike Johanns said. “By imposing costly regulations, the President is in effect raising electricity costs for every home, small business and manufacturing company in America, who all depend on affordable energy.”

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