United States moves on climate change

President instructs Environmental Protection Agency to set standards

It’s a frosty day in October, not July, but the Americans government has finally taken some action on greenhouse gas emissions. Unwilling to see his anti-climate change agenda bogged down in Congress, like his health care reforms, President Barack Obama has told the Environmental Protection Agency to move ahead and set standards for thousands of power plants and large industries. It may just be a bluff to get legislators to cut a deal, but it signals a polar shift in US politics.

The New York Times

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