Confronting Climate Change: A Strategy for U.S. Policy
With increasing attention to climate change in the presidential campaigns, as Congress tackles the Lieberman-Warner Climate Security bill, and as the world’s largest economies prepare to meet this summer to address global warming, a new CFR-sponsored Independent Task Force explains what the United States must do to confront the challenge. The report, Confronting Climate Change: A Strategy for U.S. Foreign Policy, argues that the United States must creatively leverage ambitious action at home to advance an effective foreign policy. It proposes a U.S. negotiating strategy for a global UN climate agreement, while also promoting a new and less formal Partnership for Climate Cooperation that would focus the world’s largest emitters on implementing aggressive emissions reductions. The report also provides recommendations on a host of controversial issues, including cap-and-trade legislation, international offsets, trade sanctions, biofuels, nuclear power, and assistance with adapting to climate change.
Listen to Fatih Birol, chief economist and director of the office of the chief economist at the International Energy Agency, report on the world energy market and the ways to combat climate change.
As the international community continues to work toward emissions reductions, some climate scientists are turning to the concept of geoengineering-the deliberate manipulation of the Earth's climate-to offset the effects of climate change. The concept, however, raises scientific, political, and ethical questions. Join M. Granger Morgan and John D. Steinbruner to discuss the development of an international framework for geoengineering and the implications of these technologies for U.S. foreign policy.
Jim Yong Kim, president of the World Bank Group, joins Mark Tercek, president and chief executive officer at the Nature Conservancy, to discuss the World Bank Group’s efforts vis-à-vis climate change and a global climate agreement in Paris in 2015.