State greenhouse gas reduction policies: a move in the right direction?
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The lack of significant efforts at the national level to reduce greenhouse gas emissions (GHGs) in the United States has provided the impetus for a number of state programs. This article assesses the efficiency of these programs in making real progress in GHG reductions. It also explores the effect of state programs on the eventual adoption of a strong national GHG mitigation policy. While state programs are likely to demonstrate the viability of new mitigation approaches, they are also likely to create a set of expectations and precedents that will make a strong and coherent national policy more difficult.
KeywordsClimate change policy State policies Environmental policy
The author would like to than Lee Lane and two anonymous reviewers for helpful comments and suggestions, and to acknowledge support from the Climate, Water, and Carbon Initiative at the Ohio State University. An earlier version of this work was distributed in 2004 through the Climate Policy Center.
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