President Barack Obama's decision Monday to reverse a pair of Bush administration environmental policies could be an sign of other decisions the new White House team could take to combat climate change.
Here are some moves the Obama administration could consider:
Give The EPA The Go-Ahead To Act On Global Warming:
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has the legal authority to act to curb global warming under the Clean Air Act, but did not do so while George W. Bush was president.
To set this in motion, the environment agency needs to find that climate change threatens human health and safety. EPA's own scientists recommended last year that this so-called endangerment finding be made, but the Bush administration rejected that recommendation.
Obama could ask that the scientists' recommendation be reconsidered, make the endangerment finding official and clear the way to establish controls on the greenhouse gases that spur climate change, including cutting industrial emissions and limiting pollution from new coal-fired power plants.
Cap Greenhouse Gas Emissions By Law:
As Congress considers various measures to stimulate the U.S. economy, Obama and his team could work with both parties to craft a comprehensive law to cap greenhouse gas emissions.