Stymied in Congress, the Obama administration is moving unilaterally to clamp down on greenhouse emissions, announcing plans for new power plants and oil refinery emission standards over the next year.
In an announcement posted on the agency's website late Thursday, Environmental Protection Agency administrator Lisa Jackson said the aim was to better cope with pollution contributing to climate change.
Barack Obama said two days after the midterm elections that he was disappointed Congress hadn't acted on legislation achieving the same end, saying that other options were under consideration.
Now he is doing it without Congress. Who needs Congress anyway - Obama doesn't.