15 Mar '13, 4pm

Obama to use Nixon-era law to fight climate change. Will it work?

President Obama will use NEPA, the National Environmental Policy Act, signed into law by President Richard Nixon in 1970, as a way to fulfill his State of the Union pledge to use executive power to address climate change when Congress fails to act. Mark Drajem at Bloomberg explains how NEPA will work: NEPA requires federal agencies to consider and publish the environmental impact of their actions before making decisions. Those reviews don’t mandate a specific course of action. They do provide a chance for citizens and environmentalists to weigh in before regulators decide on an action -- and to challenge those reviews in court if it’s cleared. So, for any new major projects that require federal approval - and this will include highways, pipelines, mines and drilling, among other things - the effects the projects will have on the climate must be considered. That seems reaso...

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