The United States and International Climate Cooperation: International 'Pull' versus Domestic 'Push'

The U.S. government is being pressured by both international and domestic influences to re-engage in international climate control. This paper considers whether the international “pull” and the domestic “push” will be strong enough to accomplish this. First, we discuss whether changes in the architecture of the current climate regime might induce the United States to re-engage at the international level. We argue that the United States is unlikely to rejoin any global climate regime that is based on the Kyoto architecture, even if Kyoto were to be “reformed.” Second, we discuss whether domestic political developments might eventually cause the United States to re-engage. We conclude that U.S. re-engagement is likely to require the emergence of a new climate regime that basically extends U.S. regulation to other countries. However, the forging of a unified U.S. climate policy is still in the making. Furthermore, a new regime can gain widespread participation only if the Kyoto countries accept the idea of replacing Kyoto with some alternative architecture, which seems unlikely in the near future.

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Bang, Guri, Camilla Bretteville Froyn, Jon Hovi and Fredric C. Menz, 2007. The United States and International Climate Cooperation: International 'Pull' versus Domestic 'Push'. Energy Policy, 35 (2): pp. 1282-1291.

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  • Language: Engelsk
  • Category: Tidsskriftartikler
  • Title: The United States and International Climate Cooperation: International 'Pull' versus Domestic 'Push'
  • Journal: Energy Policy
  • Volume: 35
  • Number: 2
  • Pages (from-to): 1282-1291

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