Climate Change / Edition 1

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Overview

Climate change is one of the most complex issues facing policymakers today. Controlling the emissions that cause global warming will require societies to incur costs now while uncertain benefits accrue in the distant future. These conditions make it hard to created successful policy, yet they longer we wait the more greenhouse gasses accumulate in the atmosphere. Even as a consensus grows that something must be done, there is no agreement on the best course of action.

This book takes a fresh look at the issue. It offers three contrasting perspectives, each cast as a presidential speech. One emphasizes the ability of modern, wealthy societies to adapt to the changing climate. A second speech urges reengagement with the Kyoto Protocol while demanding reforms that would make Kyoto more effective. A third speech urges unilateral action that would create a market for low-carbon emission technologies from the bottom up, in contrast with the top-down international treaties such as Kyoto.
A memorandum to the president explains the multidimensional nature of this critical issue and an extensive appendix includes scientific reports, government speeches, legislative proposals, and further readings.

Author Description:
David G. Victor is director of the Program on Energy and Sustainable Development at Stanford University and adjunct senior fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations.
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What People Are Saying

Granger M. Morgan
David Victor's three hypothetical presidential speeches contain a wealth of new ideas and insights that readers of all persuasion on this critical topic should find stimulating and useful.
Carnegie Mellon University
William K. Reilly
David Victor has so artfully and persuasively laid out the arguments for three alternative policies toward climate change that I found myself tempted by the logic of each! He has produced an uncommonly effective teaching instrument.
Former Administrator, U.S. EPA
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780876093436
  • Publisher: Council on Foreign Relations
  • Publication date: 4/1/2004
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 180
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.38 (d)

Table of Contents

Foreword
Acknowledgments
List of Acronyms
Memorandum to the President
Speech One: Adaptation and Innovation
Speech Two: Reinvigorating Kyoto
Speech Three: Making a Market
APPENDIXES:
Appendix A: Senate Debate over the Byrd-Hagel Resolution, July 25, 1997
Appendix B: National Assessment of the Potential Consequences of Climate Variability and Change, Overview Conclusions, 2000
Appendix C: National Academy of Sciences, "Climate Change Science: An Analysis of Some Key Questions," Executive Summary, 2001
Appendix D: Speech by President Georde W. Bush Introducing Clear Skies and Global Climate Change Initiatives, February 14, 2002
Appendix E: Further Reading
CPI Advisory Committee
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