The United States in a Warming World: The Political Economy of Government, Business and Public Responses to Climate Change
Thomas L. Brewer
Cambridge University Press, 2014
Addressing the widespread desire to better understand how climate change issues are addressed in the United States, this book provides an unparalleled analysis of features of the US economic and political system that are essential to understanding its responses to climate change. The introductory chapter presents a firm historical context, with the remainder of the book offering balanced and factual discussions of government, business and public responses to issues of energy policies, congressional activity on climate change, and US government involvement in international conferences. Abundant statistical evidence illustrates key concepts and supports analytic themes such as market failures, free riders, and the benefits and costs of alternative courses of action among industry sectors and geographic areas within the US. Written for audiences both outside and within the US, this accessible book is essential reading for anyone interested in climate change, energy, sustainable development or related issues around the world.
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Thomas L. Brewer is a Senior Fellow at the International Centre for Trade and Sustainable Development (ICTSD) in Geneva. He is also a Lead Author of the chapter on International Cooperation in the IPCC report of Working Group III (AR5, April 2014). He has twice been a Visiting Senior Research Fellow at Oxford University in the Smith School for Enterprise and the Environment, and he has been a Schöller Foundation Senior Research Fellow at Friedrich-Alexander University in Nuremberg, Germany. He is an Associate Fellow of the Centre for European Policy Studies (CEPS) in Brussels, and an emeritus faculty member of Georgetown University in Washington, DC.
He is the author of The United States in a Warming World©: The Political Economy of Government, Business and Public Responses to Climate Change (Cambridge University Press, 2014). His previous publications include articles in the refereed journals Climate Policy and Energy Policy, as well as chapters in books published by the Brookings Institution, Oxford University Press, Cambridge University Press and other leading publishers. He has research in progress focused on the intersections of climate change issues with international trade, investment and technology transfer issues, including papers on liquified natural gas (LNG) issues in international trade. He also has a book in progress on the potential of Denmark as a model for other countries’ responses to contemporary energy and climate change challenges.
He has been a consultant to the World Bank, the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD), and the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD).
He maintains two websites: www.usclimatechange.com and www.TradeAndClimate.net.
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