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David Shribman
David Shribman


On environment, Obama plans end run around Congress

This week’s disclosure that the Obama administration is working on a major international environmental initiative is about more than climate change around the world. It stands as a potent symbol of how the political climate has changed in Washington.

This climate-change proposal, which may soon gather opposition from other poor countries, is designed to skirt the U.S. Constitutional provision that requires treaties to be ratified by a two-thirds majority of the Senate. Barack Obama’s Democratic Party has only a 53-45 majority in the Senate, with two Independents who almost always vote with Mr. Obama.