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

  • An OIES study (Saudi Arabia: Shifting the Goal Posts) cited in a new article in The Economist on OPEC long-term all… https://t.co/K1iuNCK1b4

    February 23rd

  • Heightened Geopolitical Risks in the Middle East and Potential Impacts on Oil Markets https://t.co/ur8Q0PxXit

    February 22nd

  • A new OIES paper on evolution of Japanese oil industry: Considering that demand for refined petroleum products will… https://t.co/jwajCfNQI4

    February 20th

Sign up for our Newsletter

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