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The Next Greenhouse Gas Executive Order?

February 2008

Citation: ELR 10077

Author: Charles Openchowski

Editor's Summary: Although the United States has not ratified the Kyoto Protocol, governments at local, state, regional, and even federal levels have taken steps to begin reducing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. In this Article, Charles Openchowski explains that five presidential Executive Orders mentioning GHGs have been signed since the Kyoto Protocol was drafted, two others related to GHGs have been issued, and several state governors have signed similar orders. He examines the orders on both the federal and state levels and proposes text for what the next presidential Executive Order could look like. He concludes the Article with some predictions on climate change's growing import on the political and economic fronts.

Charles Openchowski is an attorney in the Office of General Counsel at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. The views expressed in this Article are those of the author and do not represent the official views of any federal agency or department.

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