The Obama Administration's Clean Air Act Legacy and the UNFCCC

20 Pages Posted: 3 Mar 2016

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Uma Outka

University of Kansas - School of Law

Date Written: February 1, 2016

Abstract

In the face of a gridlock Congress, hopes for comprehensive climate legislation were dashed early in President Obama’s first term. U.S. leadership in international climate policy had been seriously undermined in ways, he soon learned, were not easily repaired. The President’s engagement with climate issues, to many observers, seemed slow and inconsistent, but deepened rhetorically and substantively in the second term with a decisive focus on existing statutory authority, looking most importantly to the Clean Air Act as a vehicle for greenhouse gas regulation. This essay situates the Obama Administration’s Clean Air Act regulatory agenda in the context of longstanding domestic obligations of signatories to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change as well as positioning for the 2015 Conference of the Parties in Paris.

Keywords: Clean Air Act, United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, climate change, greenhouse gas regulation

Suggested Citation

Outka, Uma, The Obama Administration's Clean Air Act Legacy and the UNFCCC (February 1, 2016). Case Western Reserve Journal of International Law, Forthcoming. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2740678

Uma Outka (Contact Author)

University of Kansas - School of Law ( email )

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United States

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