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What can American policymakers learn from the experiences of European democracies in confronting our common policy challenges? We can look to our own history and to the ideas emanating from our own public sphere, but by looking abroad, we can learn how our European allies have dealt with such issues as rising healthcare and pension costs, large-scale immigration, childcare and work-life balance, and climate change. Simply put, we can learn lessons from European policies that have proven both successful and from approaches that have failed. The contributors in this volume ask whether such policies might prove effective in the U.S. context, as well as what pitfalls we might avoid. Chapters have been written by policy area experts and are geared for an upper-level undergraduate audience and set up as a series of engaging case studies. At just 180 pages, this is an ideal supplemental volume for comparative public policy courses and would add an ideal comparative component to upper-level U.S. public policy courses.
Chapter 7: Climate Change Policy: Progress and Persistence
Climate Change Policy: Progress and Persistence
The first modern intimation that human activity can have consequences for global health came with the challenge of ozone depletion. Scientists concluded that chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs) manufactured as refrigerants were depleting the ozone layer that surrounds the earth and shields us from ultraviolet radiation. The response was to limit and, over time, come close to eliminating the production and use of CFCs. The second human impact of global import to receive attention is climate change. Again, scientists were the first to identify this potential,1 and climate change then became part of the public debate and policy decisions. Most scientists who have studied the evidence in detail have concluded that global warming is ...