U.s. Policy And Public Opinion : Climate Change Or Hot Air? Essays
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 cooperation for climate change. To illustrate, Washington supported the 87’ Montreal Protocol, which was “designed to control the production and consumption of chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs) and other halogenated compounds that were suspected of causing the destruction of the ozone layer” (Coyne & Maunder, 2015). A few years later, however, the U.S. failed to ratify the 1992 Kyoto Protocol to reduce greenhouse gas emissions because they wanted to include less-industrialized countries in the requirements of the treaty; this proposal failed to win support (Theilmann, 2016). Also, after the 08’ global recession, climate protection became a “luxury good, unaffordable in recessionary times,” especially in comparison to concerns over jobs, and the…