Environmental Policy

Teaching Module

Teaching Module: Climate Change: Debating America's Policy Options

Author: David G. Victor

Climate change is one of the most complex issues facing policy-makers today. David G. Victor, a leading expert on environmental policy, takes a fresh look at this issue and persuasively marshals arguments for three distinct approaches to combat the problem, casting each as a presidential speech. A must-read for environmentalists, educators, and anyone else interested in the issue .

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Environmental Policy Address

Author: John F. Kerry
Foreign Affairs

Senator Kerry says, as president, he would "restore America's leadership on combating climate change." He equates national security with energy security and says he would decrease U.S. dependence on foreign oil.

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Primary Sources

Declaration of the Establishment of the Arctic Council, 1996

With this agreement (also known as the Ottawa Declaration) the Arctic Council was established on September 19, 1996, by Canada, Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway, Russia, Sweden, and the United States. The Arctic Council is a forum to promote collaboration among the Arctic States, Arctic Indigenous communities, and other Arctic inhabitants on issues such as sustainable development and environmental protection.

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