With the reelection of President Obama, we can expect air issues to take center stage on EPA’s agenda.
President Obama will continue efforts to reduce carbon pollution. He sees climate change as a real threat, especially in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, which may have given a boost to the President, who is perceived as showing strong leadership. The mega-storm also highlighted the differences between the Republicans and Democrats on the role of government. Cap and trade legislation and regulation for greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions will be revived in Obama’s second term. Affected industry sectors can expect an up tempo on regulation as the issue is fought out in a still divided Congress.