Obama's Climate Ultimatum Paves Way For Agency Actions

Law360, New York (February 13, 2013, 7:23 PM EST) -- Congress is unlikely to take up President Barack Obama's call in his State of the Union speech Tuesday to pass a cap-and-trade bill, experts say, positioning the White House to use lawmakers' inaction to justify agency actions addressing climate change.

Obama urged Congress to approve a "bipartisan, market-based solution to climate change" similar to the unsuccessful cap-and-trade legislation Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., and former Sen. Joe Lieberman, I-Conn., introduced in the 2000s.

The president's request came with a caveat: If lawmakers don't act, the administration will....
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