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dc.contributor.authorSchmidt, Katie
dc.date.accessioned2010-06-18T22:11:46Z
dc.date.available2010-06-18T22:11:46Z
dc.date.issued2010-03
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/1773/15913
dc.descriptionWinner, 2010 Library Research Award for Undergraduates, Senior Non-Thesis Divisionen_US
dc.description.abstractThe purpose of this paper is to investigate why climate change policy progress in the U.S. has been slow relative to other parts of the world. By tracking congressional, presidential, media and public attention to climate change since 1990, I show that climate change in an increasingly salient issue in the U.S. Why, then, has the U.S. failed to implement domestic climate change policy and participate in binding international agreements? I argue that U.S. state-centric political structure discourages a coherent national approach to climate change policy, leading to congressional confusion over the seriousness of global warming and what should be done about it. This, combined with a presidential tendency to mention climate change only when it aligns with other administration priorities, has prevented constituency-forming ideas from taking root. The result has been fragmented state and local government action on climate change at the expense of a federal-level strategy.en_US
dc.language.isoen_USen_US
dc.subjectGlobal warming -- Government policy -- United Statesen_US
dc.subjectClimate change -- Public opinion -- United Statesen_US
dc.subjectClimate change -- Press coverageen_US
dc.subjectGreenhouse gas mitigation -- Government policyen_US
dc.titleGlobal Warming Policy in the United States: A Climate of Confusionen_US
dc.typeOtheren_US


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