04 Dec '12, 6pm

Obama

It is still possible for Barack Obama to secure an honorable climate legacy. He can dramatically reduce U.S. carbon emissions in his second term. And he can do it without help from Congress. He doesn’t even need a crafty new plan — the Natural Resources Defense Council has come up with one for him, based on a provision in the Clean Air Act (CAA). All he needs is political courage. Explaining how and why it would work requires a little background. In 2007 , the Supreme Court ruled that the CAA could cover carbon emissions if they were deemed a threat to public heath. In 2009 , EPA determined that they are such a threat. At that point, a cascading series of legal obligations (and battles) kicked in. First, EPA was required to regulate “mobile sources” of carbon, i.e., vehicles. It has done part of that: In August, the administration finalized its historic fuel-efficiency sta...

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