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Statehouse and Greenhouse: The Stealth Politics of America Climate Change Policy / Edition 1
     

Statehouse and Greenhouse: The Stealth Politics of America Climate Change Policy / Edition 1

by Barry G. Rabe
 

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ISBN-10: 0815773099

ISBN-13: 9780815773092

Pub. Date: 12/28/2003

Publisher: Brookings Institution Press

No environmental issue triggers such feelings of hopelessness as global climate change. Many areas of the world, including regions of the United States, have experienced a wide range of unusually dramatic weather events recently. Much climate change analysis forecasts horrors of biblical proportions, such as massive floods, habitat loss, species loss, and epidemics

Overview

No environmental issue triggers such feelings of hopelessness as global climate change. Many areas of the world, including regions of the United States, have experienced a wide range of unusually dramatic weather events recently. Much climate change analysis forecasts horrors of biblical proportions, such as massive floods, habitat loss, species loss, and epidemics related to warmer weather. Such accounts of impending disaster have helped trigger extreme reactions, wherein some observers simply dismiss global climate change as, at the very worst, a minor inconvenience requiring modest adaptation. It is perhaps no surprise, therefore, that an American federal government known for institutional gridlock has accomplished virtually nothing in this area in the last decade. Policy inertia is not the story of this book, however. Statehouse and Greenhouse examines the surprising evolution of state-level government policies on global climate change. Environmental policy analyst Barry Rabe details a diverse set of innovative cases, offering detailed analysis of state-level policies designed to combat global warming. The book explains why state innovation in global climate change has been relatively vigorous and why it has drawn so little attention thus far. Rabe draws larger potential lessons from this recent flurry of American experience. Statehouse and Greenhouse helps to move debate over global climate change from bombast to the realm of what is politically and technically feasible.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780815773092
Publisher:
Brookings Institution Press
Publication date:
12/28/2003
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
240
Sales rank:
1,125,868
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x (d)

Table of Contents

Prefaceix
1The Politics of Climate Change, State Style1
2The Economics of Climate Change Policy38
3The Mechanics of Climate Change Policy74
4An Unlikely Front-Runner in Climate Change Policy109
5Looking Ahead to the Next Generation of Climate Change Policy146
Notes181
Index201

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