The New U.S. Domestic Climate and Clean Energy Agenda: The Oulook for 2013
The United States may achieve significant emission reductions by 2020, but a sluggish economy, rising budget deficits, and other factors press against strong U.S. action at home or abroad. This paper seeks to make sense of these trends. It discusses the impact of the recent election and continuing barriers to U.S. climate leadership. It analyzes the factors driving down U.S. emissions and identifies policies that could reduce emissions further in the future. It concludes that, despite continued obstacles to U.S. climate action, recent trends have created an environment of cautious optimism for accelerated climate action by an increasingly climate-friendly administration.
This paper is published by TRANSWORLD - Redefining the transatlantic relationship and its role in shaping global governance. Transworld – a project funded under the European Union’s 7th Framework Programme – is a consortium of 13 academic and research centers from the EU, the United States, and Turkey formed to research the evolution of the transatlantic relationship and its role in shaping global governance architectures.