Global Warming Chapter 2

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Chapter 2: U.S. Policy and Public Opinion: Climate Change or Hot Air?
As argued in chapter one, there is an apparent consensus that climate change will threaten global human and ecological security. Climate change is believed to be one of the biggest threats facing humanity, therefore, over the past decade, it has become a politically heated debate. Why then hasn’t the United States - the government and the people - subscribed to a course of action to the climate challenge? The objective of this chapter is to explore the political and social processes shaping climate discourse in America.
2.1 The Paris Agreement and Obamas Clean Power Plan: A new beginning for the U.S.?
Since the late 80’s, the United States has been fickle in its global
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President Obama has also been more outspoken about the looming threat of climate change, and how America should act to cut carbon pollution than previous U.S. Presidents. As Obama states, “Over the past seven years, we’ve transformed the United States into the global leader in fighting climate change” (Obama, 2015). He also states “no challenge poses a greater threat to our children, our planet, and future generations than climate change — and that no other country on Earth is better equipped to lead the world towards a solution” (whitehouse.gov, 2015). Thus Obama has constructed a three-pillar plan to reduce the impacts of climate change, which are: “cut carbon pollution in America, prepare the US for the impacts of climate change, and lead international efforts to combat global climate change and prepare for its impacts” (The President 's Climate Action Plan, 2013). His most significant climate policy is his Clean Power …show more content…
is finally serious about cutting their gas emissions, and they’re willing to participate on a global level post-Kyoto. Furthermore, the Clean Power Plan and the Paris Agreement are significant in the climate change debate because they’re moving past superfluous arguments of whether climate change is real to taking action and consulting the science (CITE). In time, these two initiatives should prevent further environmental degradation, and also alter the status quo to improve how America interacts within the climate regime and also with the

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