Sidestepping Congress, Obama pushes his climate policy; Cutting carbon emissions seen as a defining legacy of president's 2nd term
- International Herald Tribune
All but giving up on Congress, President Obama has spent the year foraging for issues he could tackle on his own, and largely coming up with minor executive orders. But on Monday, he will unveil a plan to take on climate change that may be his last, most sweeping effort to remake America in his remaining time in office.
The far-reaching regulations will for the first time force power plants in the United States to curb the carbon emissions that scientists say have been damaging the planet. By using authority already embedded in law, Mr. Obama does not need Congress - so, in this era of gridlock, he has a chance to transform the nation's energy sector and, at the same time, his presidency.