Climate Policy: Quo Vadis?

Amsterdam Law Forum, Forthcoming

8 Pages Posted: 1 Jul 2011

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Hans Labohm

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Date Written: 2010


This article starts from the premise that the man-made global warming hypothesis, which constitutes the scientific underpinning of the Kyoto Protocol, that expires in 2012, is fundamentally flawed. It nevertheless presents two scenarios of a possible ‘Son of Kyoto’: ‘Europe’s Alleingang’ and ‘World-Wide Kyoto Participation’. Both scenarios promise great sacrifice, whereas neither of them will have a detectable impact on worldwide temperatures. All pain and no gain. The article further analyses the positions of the major players in the run-up to the international climate conference in Copenhagen in December 2009. It concludes that these are so far apart that this event will most likely end in a deadlock. In that light, the author recommends the EU to reconsider its position, since it has isolated itself from the rest of the world with its costly and ineffective climate policy.

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Labohm, Hans, Climate Policy: Quo Vadis? (2010). Amsterdam Law Forum, Forthcoming, Available at SSRN:

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