Emerging U.S. Climate Policy: Where We are and How We Got Here

Author
Geoffrey Clemm, Mark Griffin Smith
Content Type
Working Paper
Institution
Department of Economics and Business, Colorado College
Abstract
After eight years of non-engagement, the new administration and the U.S. Congress, led by a majority in the President's party, are rapidly developing climate policy legislation. This paper summarizes past efforts to establish a national climate policy in the United States as well as the major forces influencing the current debate. While this debate is largely shaped by domestic considerations, it takes place as the international community moves to agree on a post-Kyoto policy regime in Copenhagen next December. Whether the United States is willing to take strong action will significantly influence the actions of other nations.
Topic
Climate Change, Energy Policy, Environment, Globalization, Treaties and Agreements
Political Geography
United States