President Barack Obama needs the Republican Party’s blessing for many of the proposals he outlined in his State of the Union address last week, but climate change is not one of them.
Using existing laws, regulations and international agreements, the president can bypass Congress altogether and accomplish significant reductions in greenhouse gas emissions, widely believed to contribute to global warming, many experts say. In particular, the Clean Air Act, administered by the Environmental Protection Agency and enforced by states, gives the president broad authority over air pollution.
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