AB 32 and Climate Change: The National Context of State Policies for a Global Commons Problem

Stavins, Robert N

from ARE Update Vol. 14, No. 1, September/October, 2010 SPECIAL ISSUE - California's Climate Change Policy: The Economic and Environmental Impacts of AB 32

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Abstract

Because climate change is a global problem, climate change policies should involve the highest levels of effective government. However, absent effective action at the national or international levels, some states and regions are enacting subnational climate change policies. This article examines the positive, negative, and benign interactions of state policies such as California's AB 32 with federal policies, and explores whether such policies can provide an impetus for further action at the federal level.

Keywords

AB 32, climate change policies, subnational, state and federal policy

Citation

Stavins, Robert N. "AB 32 and Climate Change: The National Context of State Policies for a Global Commons Problem." ARE Update 14(1)(2010):2-5. University of California Giannini Foundation of Agricultural Economics.
http://giannini.ucop.edu/publications/are-update/issues/2010/14/1/ab-32-and-climate-change/