The Obama administration needs to act, with or without congressional legislation, to meet its short-term goal of reducing emissions of planet-warming gases by 17 percent below 2005 levels by 2020, according to a new report from the World Resources Institute, a Washington environmental think tank, reports Andrew Freedman at Climate Central. A combination of federal actions, such as new U.S. EPA regulations on power plants and natural gas systems, as well as state initiatives, can achieve that goal, which the country is currently not on track to meet, the report said. Congressional action is bleak. Obama could use the Clean Air Act to implement “strong standards” for carbon dioxide emissions from existing power plants, and reduce non-energy sources of emissions, such as hydrofluorocarbons, powerful global warming gases used in refrigerators and air conditioners. Furthermore, the EPA can take steps to limit emissions of methane, which is another potent global warming gas, from natural gas production using its authority under the Clean Air Act, and more actions can be taken at the federal level to make U.S. industry and home appliances more energy efficient.
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In short run, Obama can bypass Congress on climate. The Obama administration needs to act, with or without congressional legislation, in order to meet its short-term goal of reducing emissions of planet warming gases by 17 percent below 2005 levels by 2020, according to a Washington environmental think tank. Climate Central, Andrew Freedman. http://www.climatecentral.org/news/in-short-run-obama-can-bypass-congress-on-climate-report-15559