The scale and scope of the climate crisis calls for comprehensive nationwide efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. New legislation, passed by Congress and signed by the President, is the first and best option for climate action at the federal level. This could be a version of the Green New Deal, a carbon tax, sectoral limits, an emissions cap with compliance trading, or another approach. What matters most is that the legislation effectively cut the greenhouse gas emissions driving the world’s temperatures ever higher. Unfortunately, the prospect for federal legislation is uncertain, while strong and decisive action is needed now. A president committed to tackling climate change will need a backup plan in case Congress remains gridlocked, one that relies on existing statutes to achieve the deep emission reductions the science says we need.
Environmental Law | Law
Sabin Center for Climate Change Law
Jonathan Cannon, Ann E. Carlson, Greg Dotson, Michael B. Gerrard, Justin Gundlach, Jayni F. Hein, Cale Jaffe, Michael A. Livermore, Jason A. Schwartz, Daniel Selmi, Jessica A. Wentz, Philip S. Barnett, Keith J. Benes & Alexandra E. Teitz,
Summary: Combating Climate Change with Section 115 of the Clean Air Act,
Sabin Center for Climate Change Law, Columbia Law School, October 2020
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