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Atmospheric JusticeA Political Theory of Climate Change$
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Steve Vanderheiden

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780195334609

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2008

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195334609.001.0001

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The Politics of Climate Change Mitigation

The Politics of Climate Change Mitigation

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(p.3) 1 The Politics of Climate Change Mitigation
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Atmospheric Justice
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Steve Vanderheiden (Contributor Webpage)

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195334609.003.0001

This chapter begins with a short history of climate change as a policy issue, explaining the scientific basics of the phenomenon and culminating with an examination of current controversies over the scientific evidence establishing the existence and consequences of anthropogenic climate change as well as recent efforts to defeat mandatory national greenhouse gas emission caps. In particular, it examines the international climate policy process that generated the Kyoto Protocol, the industry-led campaigns of climate skepticism designed to defeat ratification of that treaty in the United States, and the development of U.S. climate policy through the secretive Cheney Energy Task Force, which effectively set the Bush administration's climate policy for its two terms. Finally, it considers the bases for ongoing rifts over climate policy between the U.S. and Europe as well as between industrialized and developing nations.

Keywords:   climate change, greenhouse gas, Kyoto Protocol, Cheney Energy Task Force, climate skepticism

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