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Environmental Law

University of Cincinnati College of Law

2017

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A Us Clean Energy Transition And The Trump Administration, Joseph P. Tomain Jan 2017

A Us Clean Energy Transition And The Trump Administration, Joseph P. Tomain

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The Obama administration undertook several steps giving the US federal government a leadership role in a clean energy transition. Among other actions, the administration develop a Climate Action Plan, successfully negotiated higher fuel vehicle standards with car manufacturers, passed the Clean Power Plan, and signed the Paris Climate Agreement. Although the United States had been party to other international climate agreements and was a signatory to the Rio Declaration, other federal efforts were lax at best.

During his election campaign, Donald Trump promised his supporters to eliminate the Clean Power Plan, withdraw from the Paris Agreement, curtail the Environmental Protection ...