Climatic Change

, Volume 77, Issue 1, pp 97–102

An American Paradox


DOI: 10.1007/s10584-005-9044-8

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Jamieson, D. Climatic Change (2006) 77: 97. doi:10.1007/s10584-005-9044-8


This paper explores the paradox that while Americans generally identify themselves as environmentalists, they show little willingness to voluntarily restrain their behavior or to support specific fiscal policies that would result in increased levels of environmental protection. I explore the role of values in the explanation of this paradox, and discuss some of the difficulties involved in studying values and their role in human behavior.

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© Springer Science + Business Media, Inc. 2006

Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.New York University, Steinhardt School, HMSSNew YorkUSA