"Obama Gets a Menu of Climate Actions He Can Take Without Congress"

"President Obama could invoke strong climate policies, like gasoline carbon limits, without congressional input before world leaders convene this fall to negotiate an international global warming treaty, a research group says in a plan provided to the administration.

The report lists a host of quick-start recommendations, some of them controversial, that can be implemented with executive orders, bypassing the cumbersome legislative process that sank Senate efforts to price carbon this summer, according to members of the privately funded Presidential Climate Action Project.

'What we're saying is Congress has decided not to act, but [Obama] can do so,' former Sen. Gary Hart, a Colorado Democrat and a co-chairman of the group, said on a conference call yesterday."

Evan Lehmann reports for ClimateWire August 6, 2010.

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