Third Symposium on Policy and Socio-Economic Research


Advances in the effectiveness and feasibility of climate policy

Paul A. T. Higgins, AMS, Washington, DC

Heated disagreements among stakeholders hinder society's progress in devising and implementing solutions to climate change. Recently, the AMS Policy Program initiated a series of stakeholder summits designed to identify conflicting needs among interest groups, diffuse counterproductive political disagreements, and promote the development and adoption of new policy breakthroughs. The first of these stakeholder summits, scheduled for the fall of 2007 (after the deadline for this abstract), will focus on emission fees, a powerful but contentious tool for reducing greenhouse gas pollution. The summit will bring together researchers, policy makers, and leaders from the NGO and business communities in order to: 1) identify the pros and cons of emission fees, 2) explore the potential policy tweaks that could help make these fees environmentally effective and politically feasible, and 3) negotiate a broadly agreeable policy approach for reducing greenhouse gas emissions using emission fees. In this presentation, I will discuss the obstacles facing policies that seek to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, the opportunities for overcoming these obstacles, and the broadly agreeable policy approaches for reducing greenhouse gas emissions.

Poster Session 1, Policy and Socio-Economic Research Posters
Wednesday, 23 January 2008, 2:30 PM-4:00 PM, Exhibit Hall B

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