Obama takes on the states over climate change


The Obama administration has vowed to override states that refuse to accept its new climate goals by mandating how they should achieve emissions cuts, a further incitement to state governments that say their rights are being trampled.

President Barack Obama this week unveiled a bold initiative to set state-specific targets for cuts in greenhouse gas emissions from the power sector, but it is triggering fierce opposition and a spate of legal challenges from states and industry.
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Among more than a dozen states opposed to the plan, six Republican governors and one Democrat have said they will or may refuse to submit a compliance plan — including Scott Walker of Wisconsin and Bobby Jindal of Louisiana, both GOP candidates for president.

The Environmental Protection Agency, the regulator behind the climate plan, this week unveiled its own federal compliance plan, which it is ready to impose on states that refuse to devise their own versions. (by Barney Jopson, Financial Times)