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Changing Climates in North American Politics
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Changing Climates in North American Politics: Institutions, Policymaking, and Multilevel Governance

Henrik Selin and Stacy D. VanDeveer

Abstract

North American policy responses to global climate change are complex and sometimes contradictory, and reach across multiple levels of government. For example, the U.S. federal government rejected the Kyoto Protocol and mandatory greenhouse gas (GHG) restrictions, but California developed some of the world's most comprehensive climate change law and regulation; Canada's federal government ratified the Kyoto Protocol, but Canadian GHG emissions increased even faster than those of the United States; and Mexico's state-owned oil company addressed climate change issues in the 1990s, in stark contra ... More

Keywords: global climate change, Kyoto Protocol, greenhouse gas, climate change law, Canadian GHG emissions, oil company, Canadian energy firms, climate governance, North America, policy initiatives

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2009 Print ISBN-13: 9780262012997
Published to MIT Press Scholarship Online: August 2013 DOI:10.7551/mitpress/9780262012997.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Henrik Selin, editor

Stacy D. VanDeveer, editor

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Introduction

I Between Kyoto and Washington

II States and Cities Out Front

5 Field Notes on the Political Economy of California Climate Policy

Alexander E. Farrell, and W. Michael Hanemann

6 Climate Leadership in Northeast North America

Henrik Selin, and Stacy D. VanDeveer

III Continental Politics

IV Climate Action among Firms, Campuses, and Individuals

11 Business Strategies and Climate Change

Charles A. Jones, and David L. Levy

Conclusion