Will Obama match rhetoric with action?

The extreme polarisation of US politics makes an emissions trading scheme highly unlikely, but progress on renewable energy and energy efficiency is possible.

Climate change will not be a top issue in the United States under President Barack Obama, despite the soaring rhetoric in his Inaugural Address last month.

Past failure to pass sweeping U.S. climate legislation will probably instead see his administration target modest, discrete, broadly popular measures on efficiency, fuel economy and long-term tax breaks for renewable energy.

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