The Boundaries of Executive Authority: An Evaluation of Priority Proposals from the Presidential Climate Action Plan

July 2008 - A Report by the Center for Energy & Environmental Security Produced for the Presidential Climate Action Project This report is a follow-up to a previous report issued by the Center for Energy and Environmental Security (CEES) in February 2008, The Boundaries of Executive Authority: Using Executive Orders to Implement Federal Climate Change Policy. In that report we summarized and brought together in one place the most applicable guidance on the legal boundaries of executive authority, with a focus on the use of executive orders to implement appropriate provisions of the Presidential Climate Action Plan. The Presidential Climate Action Plan, developed by the Presidential Climate Action Project (PCAP), is a comprehensive action plan to address climate change nationally and is the result of combined expertise of respected groups and individuals from around the country who are from science, policy, legal and other backgrounds. The PCAP Report transforms policies into action items that can be taken at the federal level by, for example, Congress or the President to address climate change. PCAP has identified specific action items from their

The Boundaries of Executive Authority: Using Executive Orders to Implement Federal Climate Change Policy

February 2008 - A Report by the Center for Energy & Environmental Security Produced for the Presidential Climate Action Project The Presidential Climate Action Project (PCAP) has developed a comprehensive plan to address climate change nationally by drawing upon the combined expertise of various groups and individuals from science, policy, legal and other backgrounds. The plan has been developed for implementation at the federal level and is national in scope. It is anticipated that significant components of this plan will be implemented through both the executive and legislative branches at the federal level. As implied by the name of the Project, however, PCAP is giving special focus to those actions that the Chief Executive of the United States, namely the next President, may take with maximum certainty by using the authority of that office. The Center for Energy and Environmental Security (CEES) has been asked to prepare a report on the legal boundaries of executive authority with emphasis on the use of executive orders to implement appropriate provisions of the Climate Action Plan. The focus of this report is not