Policy Brief: “Two Steps Forward, One Step Back: Climate Change Politics in the U.S. and Canada” by Matthew Paterson

Policy Brief: “Two Steps Forward, One Step Back: Climate Change Politics in the U.S. and Canada” by Matthew Paterson

Policy Brief (December 2009)

CETD member Matthew Paterson wrote a paper for the Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung ahead of the Copenhagen climate change summit. You can read the publication in English and in German.

In comparison with most other countries who have already developed more ambitious climate policy measures, the US and Canada are extremely decentralized political systems. US states and Canadian provinces have a great deal of autonomy, and many have used this autonomy to develop climate change policies considerably more ambitious than those of their federal governments.

 

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