If it’s good enough for the New York Times, it should be good enough for the rest of the country, or so says President Obama’s political team about the mainstream media leader’s endorsement of his new climate change plan decried as a jobs and economy killer by coal state Democrats.

“President Obama just proposed what The New York Times called ‘the strongest action ever taken by an American president to tackle climate change.' Yeah, strongest ever," said a fundraising email from the president's side group, Organizing for Action.

The fundraising note includes another shipped out the president Monday as he was unveiling his plan to slash carbon emissions from energy plants by 30 percent.

Below is the full email:

Friend --

I needed you to see this, because what we're doing here is big.

President Obama just proposed what The New York Times called "the strongest action ever taken by an American president to tackle climate change." Yeah, strongest ever.

Polluters and special interests are going to do and spend whatever they can to tear the President's climate plan down.

We can't let them beat us -- take a stand with President Obama and add your name in support of the new EPA standards for power plants:




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From: Barack Obama

Subject: Climate change

Friend --

I just proposed a plan that cuts carbon pollution from existing power plants 30 percent by 2030.

That's a responsible, common-sense step to address climate change.

But we're already getting intense opposition from polluters and special interests who like things the way they are.

OFA is fighting back to show there's broad support for these new EPA standards. If you want action to combat climate change, you can add your name today.

Climate change is happening, and it's happening now. As a president and as a father, I feel a moral responsibility to do something about it. The world our children grow up in depends on what we do today.

Carbon pollution is threatening our health right now. Over half of all Americans already live in areas where air pollution too often makes it unhealthy to breathe -- it's time to cut carbon pollution the same way we already regulate toxic chemicals in our air.

Modernizing our power plants so they pollute less will also spark homegrown clean energy innovation, creating jobs and growing our economy.

I'm not going to wait to take action on this.

Right now, big polluters are going to do everything they can to derail this momentum. They've been fighting these EPA standards since before they were even announced.

Your voice on this issue is the most powerful thing you've got in this fight. I need you to use it.

OFA is stepping up and gathering names in support of these EPA standards -- you can add your name:



Barack Obama

Paul Bedard, the Washington Examiner's "Washington Secrets" columnist, can be contacted at pbedard@washingtonexaminer.com.