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Sea Change: US Climate Policy Prospects under the Obama Administration

Abstract

This report has been produced for the Swedish Government's Sustainability Commission in preparation for the Swedish EU Presidency during the second half of 2009, and consequent Swedish leadership of the EU delegation in the COP-15 negotiations in Copenhagen. The central task of the report is to provide an overview of the key factors that will condition the near-term development of United States climate policy, with a view to the eventual likelihood of the US signing and ratifying a new global agreement in the upcoming negotiations on climate change. While we take note of the importance of factors external to US politics, such as potential developments in bilateral discussions with China and other major greenhouse gas emitters, our analysis focuses primarily on factors that influence US domestic policy dynamics. To accomplish that task, the subsequent pages address three main questions. First, what are the stated goals and contours of the Obama Administration's policies regarding climate change? Second, what are the opportunities and obstacles connected with realizing this agenda - from negotiating and deciding, then effectively implementing it - and via which pathways of action are we likely to see important initiatives being moved? Finally, what are the implications for the negotiations  More>>
Authors:
Roman, Mikael; [1]  Carson, Marcus [2] 
  1. Stockholm Environment Institute, Stockholm (Sweden)
  2. Dept. of Sociology, Stockholm Univ., Stockholm (Sweden)
Publication Date:
Mar 15, 2009
Product Type:
Technical Report
Report Number:
NEI-SE-802
Resource Relation:
Other Information: 92 refs., 13 figs.
Subject:
29 ENERGY PLANNING, POLICY AND ECONOMY; 54 ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCES; USA; NATIONAL GOVERNMENT; ENVIRONMENTAL POLICY; CLIMATIC CHANGE; KYOTO PROTOCOL; INTERNATIONAL AGREEMENTS; POLLUTION ABATEMENT; EUROPEAN UNION
OSTI ID:
956829
Research Organizations:
Commission on Sustainable Development, Swedish Government Offices, SE-103 33 Stockholm (Sweden)
Country of Origin:
Sweden
Language:
English
Other Identifying Numbers:
TRN: SE0907282
Availability:
Also available from: http://www.regeringen.se/download/abbc3b90.pdf?major=1 and minor=123902 and cn=attachmentPublDuplicator_0_attachment; OSTI as DE00956829
Submitting Site:
SWD
Size:
107 pages
Announcement Date:
Jun 12, 2009

Citation Formats

Roman, Mikael, and Carson, Marcus. Sea Change: US Climate Policy Prospects under the Obama Administration. Sweden: N. p., 2009. Web.
Roman, Mikael, & Carson, Marcus. Sea Change: US Climate Policy Prospects under the Obama Administration. Sweden.
Roman, Mikael, and Carson, Marcus. 2009. "Sea Change: US Climate Policy Prospects under the Obama Administration." Sweden.
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title = {Sea Change: US Climate Policy Prospects under the Obama Administration}
author = {Roman, Mikael, and Carson, Marcus}
abstractNote = {This report has been produced for the Swedish Government's Sustainability Commission in preparation for the Swedish EU Presidency during the second half of 2009, and consequent Swedish leadership of the EU delegation in the COP-15 negotiations in Copenhagen. The central task of the report is to provide an overview of the key factors that will condition the near-term development of United States climate policy, with a view to the eventual likelihood of the US signing and ratifying a new global agreement in the upcoming negotiations on climate change. While we take note of the importance of factors external to US politics, such as potential developments in bilateral discussions with China and other major greenhouse gas emitters, our analysis focuses primarily on factors that influence US domestic policy dynamics. To accomplish that task, the subsequent pages address three main questions. First, what are the stated goals and contours of the Obama Administration's policies regarding climate change? Second, what are the opportunities and obstacles connected with realizing this agenda - from negotiating and deciding, then effectively implementing it - and via which pathways of action are we likely to see important initiatives being moved? Finally, what are the implications for the negotiations in Copenhagen and beyond? We conclude by identifying a number of important considerations that should be taken into account in preparations for the Swedish EU Presidency and the climate negotiations in Copenhagen}
place = {Sweden}
year = {2009}
month = {Mar}
}