US Energy and Climate Change Policy – Obama’s Second Term

There is a potential opening for federal climate change legislation in the US, but the political reality is against its passage in this Congress. This comment reviews President Obama’s plans to address climate change, as expressed in his recent State of the Union Address. It concludes that, if climate change legislation cannot be passed, the federal government will adopt a series of regulatory measures (e.g. through the EPA), with uncertain implications for overall emissions, and that the US will not be in a strong position to convince other countries to act decisively to combat climate change. It also identifies the conditions that might eventually allow federal legislation to be passed.

By: David Robinson

Latest Tweets from @OxfordEnergy

  • OIES's @thierry_bros interviewed by @Dukascopy_TV on a new narrative for gas in Europe. Europe is in a position to… https://t.co/L0eNUnQ6uP

    November 20th

  • Oxford Energy Podcast – Decarbonized Market Design: An Insurance Overlay on Energy Only Electricity Markets https://t.co/6CKiQNN4bR

    November 20th

  • New OIES study on Russia’s gas pivot to Asia: Barring a dramatic change in the terms of trade, it would now seem th… https://t.co/obkFQPlFy8

    November 20th

Sign up for our Newsletter

Register your email address here and we will send you notification of new publications, comment, articles etc. automatically.