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Global Warming Policy in the United States: A Climate of Confusion

Show simple item record Schmidt, Katie 2010-06-18T22:11:46Z 2010-06-18T22:11:46Z 2010-03
dc.description Winner, 2010 Library Research Award for Undergraduates, Senior Non-Thesis Division en_US
dc.description.abstract The 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.iso en_US en_US
dc.subject Global warming -- Government policy -- United States en_US
dc.subject Climate change -- Public opinion -- United States en_US
dc.subject Climate change -- Press coverage en_US
dc.subject Greenhouse gas mitigation -- Government policy en_US
dc.title Global Warming Policy in the United States: A Climate of Confusion en_US
dc.type Other en_US

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