Analysis of the U.S.'s New Climate Initiatives: The Attitude of the Bush Administration towards Climate Change

International Review for Environmental Strategies (IRES) Volume 3 Number 1(Summer 2002)所収

The United States' new Global Climate Change initiatives, proposed by the Bush Administration on 14 February 2002, reveal the attitude of the U.S. toward future efforts to address climate change. In this paper, the author clarifies this "attitude" by analyzing the content of these new initiatives, and discusses the inititiatives' theoretical consistency, feasibility, and so on. The examination of these initiatives reveals that-value judgements aside-they contain inherent theoretical inconsistencies. A future challenge for the U.S.'s new climate policy will be to make these initiatives effective by ensuring follow-up actions-something that cannot be realized sufficiently by the current scheme.

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