by Stephan Dinan
Two years ago, the New York attorney general’s office prepared a legal brief laying out a potential case for asking courts to make the U.S. cut greenhouse gas emissions based on international treaties, according to documents reviewed by The Washington Times.
Legal analysts say it’s a tough sell, and the case was never filed.
But administration foes say the legal brief takes on new significance after reports this week that President Obama is working on another international agreement to combat climate change, potentially going around Congress to reach what has been described as a “politically binding” deal.
Christopher Horner, a researcher who regularly battles the Obama administration over environmental policy and who obtained the new documents through an open records request, said the New York legal brief raises the possibility that a new political deal could eventually be turned into a binding obligation.