The Too Polite Revolution: Why the Recent Campaign to Pass Comprehensive Climate Legislation in the United States Failed

94 Pages Posted: 15 Jan 2013  

Petra Bartosiewicz

Columbia University

Marissa Miley

Columbia University

Date Written: January 14, 2013

Abstract

"The Too Polite Revolution" analyzes the recent failed campaign to pass federal climate change legislation during President Obama's first term. Sourced from interviews with more than 75 stakeholders from all sides of the climate debate, among them the heads of the country's largest green groups, the report traces the historic battle in the House and Senate in 2009 and 2010 and examines the decision of the country's largest environmental organizations to pursue an inside-the-Beltway strategy rather than one that mobilized Americans at the grassroots. The report was commissioned by the Rockefeller Family Fund in conjunction with the Columbia Journalism School.

Keywords: climate, carbon, cap and trade, legislation, Obama, environmental groups

Suggested Citation

Bartosiewicz, Petra and Miley, Marissa, The Too Polite Revolution: Why the Recent Campaign to Pass Comprehensive Climate Legislation in the United States Failed (January 14, 2013). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2200690 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2200690

Petra Bartosiewicz (Contact Author)

Columbia University ( email )

3022 Broadway
New York, NY 10027
United States

Marissa Miley

Columbia University ( email )

3022 Broadway
New York, NY 10027
United States

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