Climate Policy & U.S.-China Relations

17 Pages Posted: 13 Jun 2013

Date Written: June 12, 2013


United States climate policy is paralyzed by domestic politics and a culture of over-consumption. China, despite scientific evidence that its emissions alone could lead to catastrophic climate events, employs a climate policy arguably based on a cold (though perhaps correct) reality in which the climate crisis is inevitable and only the economically strong will survive. Thus, this Essay has a simple thesis: to date, both the United States and Chinese governments have failed to show leadership in responding to the climate crisis, and without such leadership the countries’ continued paths will make the potential crisis a reality.

Keywords: U.S. Climate Policy, Climate Change, U.S.- China Relations

Suggested Citation

Czarnezki, Jason J., Climate Policy & U.S.-China Relations (June 12, 2013). Vermont Journal of Environmental Law, Vol. 12, No. 3, 2013, Vermont Law School Research Paper No. 18-13, Available at SSRN:

Jason J. Czarnezki (Contact Author)

Pace University - School of Law ( email )

78 North Broadway
White Plains, NY 10603
United States

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