Tag Archives: Issue 4

Cooperative Federalism and Wind: A New Framework for Achieving Sustainability

Since taking office in January 2009, President Barack Obama has made energy independence a national priority, calling upon Americans to “confront[] our dependence on foreign oil, address[] the moral, economic and environmental challenge of global climate change, and build[] a … Continue reading

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The Social Bases of Climate Change Knowledge, Concern, and Policy Support in the U.S. General Public

For the past two decades, the issue of climate change has been thoroughly politicized in the United States. By the early 1990s, the U.S environmental community—the environmental movement, sympathetic climate scientists, and environmental policy-makers—successfully defined anthropogenic (human-induced) global warming as … Continue reading

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Reciprocity and Environmental Obligations

Reciprocity—put most generally—is the idea of actions-in-return that are not founded in voluntary agreements or contracts. Understood in this way, reciprocity can be one-on-one: the return of a kindness or the exchange of presents. But it need not be: pitching … Continue reading

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The Ethical Responsibility to Reduce Energy Consumption

This Article argues that developed countries have an ethical responsibility to reduce energy consumption—through energy efficiency and conservation—as part of the global effort to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. While this responsibility is borne by nations themselves, it has consequences for … Continue reading

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Climate Change, Causation, and Delayed Harm

The causal linkage between human activity and climate change has been the locus for contentious debate over the past twenty years or so. It has been a proxy for larger debates over whether and how policymakers should respond to the … Continue reading

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Responsible Environmental Behavior, Energy Conservation, and Compact Fluorescent Bulbs: You Can Lead a Horse to Water But Can You Make It Drink?

Despite professing to care about the environment and supporting environmental causes, individuals behave in environmentally irresponsible ways like driving when they can take public transportation, littering, or disposing of toxic materials in unsound ways. This is my fourth exploration of … Continue reading

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