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Climate Change

dc.contributor.authorVandenbergh, Michael P.
dc.identifier.citation81 Southern California Law Review 905 (2008)en_US
dc.descriptionarticle published in a law reviewen_US
dc.description.abstractThe central problem confronting climate change scholars and policymakers is how to create incentives for China and the United States to make prompt, large emissions reductions. China recently surpassed the United States as the largest greenhouse gas emitter, and its projected future emissions far outstrip those of any other nation. Although the United States has been the largest emitter for years, China's emissions have enabled critics in the United States to argue that domestic reductions will be ineffective and will transfer jobs to China. These two aspects of the China Problem, Chinese emissions and their influence on the political process in the United States, result in a mutually supportive but ultimately destructive dance between the two countries. This article argues that a post-Kyoto international agreement and other measures are necessary but will not create sufficient incentives to induce China, and ultimately the United States, to act. Instead, the article draws on the fact that the United States and Europe account for 41% of Chinese exports to propose a novel means of changing both countries' incentives. The article suggests that private or public schemes in the United States and Europe to disclose product carbon emissions and corporate carbon footprints can create consumer and other pressure that will induce firms to impose supply chain requirements on Chinese and other suppliers. This form of global private governance can create market-based incentives for China and the United States to reduce emissions directly and to make credible emissions reduction commitments in the post-Kyoto era.en_US
dc.format.extent1 PDF (55 pages)en_US
dc.publisherSouthern California Law Reviewen_US
dc.subjectclimate changeen_US
dc.subjectgreenhouse gasesen_US
dc.subjectcarbon footprintsen_US
dc.subjectcorporate behavioren_US
dc.subject.lcshenvironmental lawen_US
dc.subject.lcshinternational lawen_US
dc.titleClimate Changeen_US
dc.title.alternativeThe China Problemen_US

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