Phaeton's Reins: Changing course will require major policy change, and the United States must lead the way

Layzer, Judy; Moomaw, William
January 2007
Boston Review;Jan/Feb2007, Vol. 32 Issue 1, p20
Academic Journal
This essay discusses ways the United States can be a leader in global climate policy change, and the reasons why it has been so slow in applying them. Policies that address global warming are not politically compelling. An international consensus based on scientific evidence on the human causes of carbon dioxide emissions has been reached. Scientists can forecast regional implications of global climate change, and pinpoint Americans as those who cause it and those who will be victims of it. Reducing global carbon dioxide emissions can be achieved if the U.S. and other industrial countries ban together. More than technology, lifestyle changes will need implementation. Market forces will reflect environmental regulation. Major policy change is a necessary political risk.


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