Carbon report: State of play for US cap and trade

As climate change slips off the national political agenda in the US, Pauline McCallion looks at the carbon cap-and-trade opportunities available at a state and regional level

US cap-and-trade opportunities

US President Barack Obama's post-midterm election admission that "cap-and trade was just one way of skinning the cat. It was not the only way," seemed to sound the death knell for national carbon cap-and-trade plans in the US after a turbulent couple of years.

Initial success in the House of Representatives with the passage of the Waxman-Markey Bill (the American Clean Energy and Security Act) in June 2009 boosted optimism about climate change becoming a legislative priority during Obama's time

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