The Obama Administration's Clean Air Act Legacy and the UNFCCC
20 Pages Posted: 3 Mar 2016
Date Written: February 1, 2016
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
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