U.S. progress on preventing climate change has been slow and sporadic. The Clinton Administration mostly missed its chance; the Bush Administration actively fought progress; and legislation during President Obama's first term died in the Senate at the hands of solid Republican opposition and Democratic division.
Given political realities, the best remaining hope for action at the federal level is Executive Branch regulation, putting the ball squarely in the Environmental Protection Agency's court. Although a strong climate change bill would be a better fit for the scope of the problem, the EPA could cover considerable ground with regulations under the Clean Air Act, and has begun to do so. But it faces a roadblock in the White House: The Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs.
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