Report: Obama Doesn’t Need Congress to Enforce Climate Agenda

A new report spearheaded by Colorado Governor Bill Ritter concludes that much of President Obama’s climate agenda can be accomplished using his executive authority.

The Hill: “Ritter met with the administration last week to discuss the 207-page report, which includes roughly 200 recommendations on how Obama can utilize his executive authority to push clean energy standards that are in line with the his climate plan.”

“The five core areas the report focuses on are energy productivity, financing renewable energy, responsible natural gas production, developing alternative fuels and vehicles, and helping electric and gas utilities to adapt.”

Obama’s former climate czar Heather Zichal agreed that despite attempts by the administration to work with Congress on formulating climate regulation, legislative action was sluggish and “we started to focus on what we can do legally” under the president’s existing powers.
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