Amending the Lieberman-Warner Climate Security Bill to Harness Individual Behavior
John C. Dernbach
Widener University - Commonwealth Law School
May 28, 2008
Widener Law School Legal Studies Research Paper No. 08-42
This article attempts to answer a question about the design of Lieberman-Warner Climate Security Act (S. 2191) that has not received significant attention: How should Congress engage individuals in the effort to address climate change? Individuals outside of their work are responsible for one-third of U.S. greenhouse gas emissions, and the U.S. has a higher per capita energy consumption rate than virtually any other country. The article recommends a broad range of provisions, including public participation, targets and timetables, numerous forms of public information, and a variety of incentives and pathways for individual action. The purpose of such provisions is to complement, not substitute for, provisions addressing major emitters. A congressional effort to engage individuals would take advantage of some of the nation's key strengths - individual initiative, engaged citizenship, and collective sense of purpose. Such legislation would more likely be at least equal to the challenge in front of us.
Number of Pages in PDF File: 16
Keywords: climate change, legislation, energy efficiency, energy conservation, allowances, offsets, U.S. legislation, climate change, sustainable development, Warner-Lieberman Climate Security Act
JEL Classification: Q20, Q28, Q30, Q38, Q48, 022, 020, Q01
Date posted: May 29, 2008 ; Last revised: July 23, 2015
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