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NYT: A Lesson on Warming

If President Barack Obama expected an obstacle-free path to reaching a global--or even a domestic--consensus on climate change then he was in for a surprise at the G8 meeting in Italy, argues a New York Times' editorial. Leaders from developing and industrialized countries differ on proposed reduction targets while a widespread skepticism about the United States' ability to implement substantive reform hangs over the president's negotiations.

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Primary Sources

National Climate Service Act

The Climate Program Act established "a national climate program to assist in the understanding and response to natural and man-induced climate processes and their implications." It was enacted on September 17, 1978 and amended through P.L. 106–580 on Dec. 29, 2000. It was repealed by the National Climate Service Act of 2009.

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Council Special Report No. 47

The Canadian Oil Sands

Author: Michael A. Levi

The Canadian oil sands present an important challenge to policymakers: they promise energy security benefits but present climate change problems. Michael A. Levi assesses the energy security and climate change effects of the oil sands and makes recommendations for U.S. policymakers within the context of broader bilateral relations with Canada.

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Op-Ed

An Arctic Circle of Friends

Authors: Scott G. Borgerson and Caitlyn Antrim
New York Times

Scott Borgerson and Caitlyn Antrim argue that the United States should show leadership on the formation of an Arctic "polar park" for international scientific research.

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