Obama's climate change-fighting tool left on the shelf

Barack Obama may have a hostile Congress ready to fight back against climate policies he may introduce, but there is a useful tool he can use that bypasses Congress. He just hasn't yet.

President Barack Obama has vowed to tackle climate change in his second term, but so far has not acted to strengthen a tool that does not require backing from Congress – the National Environmental Policy Act.

NEPA, a statute that dates to the Nixon administration, calls on officials to weigh whether projects such as highways, dams or oil drilling could harm the environment.

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