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US Federal Energy and Climate Change Legislation: Some Lessons to be Learned from the Waxman-Markey Bill

David Robinson


tration has repeatedly committed to passing comprehensive energy and climate change legislation. Having also made an international commitment through the Copenhagen Accord to cut U.S. greenhouse gas emissions, the President has a further reason to make every effort to pass the legislation.1 This article draws lessons to be learned from past U.S. efforts to pass such legislation, specifically the Waxman-Markey (WM) Bill, whose commitments to cut emissions are in line with those made in the Copenhagen Accord. It also draws on experience


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