Creating Constituencies for Long-Term, Radical Change

Published in: Wagner Research Brief 2, Mar. 2007, 15 p

Posted on RAND.org on April 01, 2013

by Robert J. Lempert

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Climate change presents a global, long-term policy challenge. This essay will argue that long-term emissions reduction goals currently proposed before Congress at best only highlight the magnitude of the climate change challenge, without contributing much to a solution. The robust decision making approach suggests that a different framework for long-term climate policy may prove more effective. Rather than emphasize long-term goals, Congress might focus on shaping the options available to its successors.

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