15 Sep '11, 12pm

How is Obama’s overall record on the environment?

How is Obama’s overall record on the environment?

Obama's cave on smog regulations has lots of people mulling his administration's overall record on climate change and air pollution. A friend wrote recently to ask how I'd rate that record "relative to Bush, relative to the ideal, and relative to what seems realistic politically." And that's just it -- relative to what? Turns out I have no simple answer. But of course that won't stop me from blabbing on for a while. Like much in American politics, Obama's green record has become a collective Rorschach blot. Depending on what frame of reference is imposed, he could end up with an A, an F, or anything in between. Bear with me as I share four bits of background that are important to help contextualize how Obama has performed relative to expectations. My new puppy Forest will help keep you interested: Meet Forest! 1) U.S. environmental law has a crucial if oddly unremarked fea...

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