Title

Beyond Bush : environmental politics and prospects for US climate policy

Document Type

Journal article

Source Publication

Energy Policy

Publication Date

3-1-2009

Volume

37

Issue

3

First Page

966

Last Page

971

Keywords

Climate policy, Environmental politics, Global warming, International environmental cooperation, United States

Abstract

The United States was a pioneer in domestic environmental lawmaking, and it was a leader in international environmental cooperation in the final decades of the last century. During the current decade, however, it has moved away from cooperating with other states in finding new ways to protect the global environment. While its early efforts to address climate change were no worse, and often better than, other developed countries, it has fallen far behind as a number of European states and the European Union have started to implement robust policies to reduce their greenhouse gas emissions. This chapter recounts this evolution in US policy from environmental leader to environmental laggard. It summarizes the US climate change-related policies and diplomacy, recounting significant events during the presidential administrations of George HW Bush, Bill Clinton and George W Bush. It then extends this summary of events to assess the prospects for US climate policy in the near future.

DOI

10.1016/j.enpol.2008.10.042

Print ISSN

03014215

Funding Information

A study based in part on this work is supoorted by funding from the Fondation pour l’innovation politique, Paris.

Publisher Statement

Copyright © 2008 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved. Access to external full text or publisher's version may require subscription.

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Recommended Citation

Harris, P. G. (2009). Beyond Bush: Environmental politics and prospects for US climate policy. Energy Policy, 37(3), 966-971. doi: 10.1016/j.enpol.2008.10.042

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