Shortly after President Bush rejected the Kyoto Treaty, several northeastern governors and Canadian premiers banded together with their own agreement and pledged to reduce the amount of greenhouse gases emitted by their states.  But according to Jon Reisman of the Maine Public Policy Institute, such a move by state governors is clearly unconstitutional.  Comments Reisman: “When  New England’s governors announced their climate change agreement, which is an updated regional version of Kyoto, they clearly acted illegally. Article 1, section 10 of the Constitution and binding precedent prohibits states from making such agreements without the consent of congress. The governors have thus usurped the treaty power which belongs to the President and Congress.”

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