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THE QUESTION

Which nations' climate policies are working? Not working?

What methods or approaches have other nations adopted that the United States should look to while formulating its own legislation? Which climate policies have been adopted elsewhere that are not working?

Posted by Washington Post Editor on November 11, 2009 6:00 AM
FROM THE PANEL

Report: "Tops and Flops"

The implementation of the right policies is critical to jump-start the transition to a low carbon economy, so as the U.S. seeks to pass climate legislation it's crucial to pay attention to lessons-learned from policies already undertaken internationally. WWF and...

Posted by Carter S. Roberts, on November 30, 2009 4:52 PM

Learn from Europe

I am late joining into this discussion and it is amazing how opinions among the Panelists diverge about the achievements of the Kyoto Protocol, particularly in Europe. A report released last week by the European Environmental Agency (EEA) claims that...

Posted by Donald F. Boesch, on November 18, 2009 8:59 AM

U.S. legislation benefits from EU lessons

The greenhouse gas cap-and-trade legislation being considered in the United States incorporates important lessons learned from the European Union. These lessons can help reduce the economic burden on consumers and businesses while producing real emissions reductions   The biggest lesson...

Posted by Pam Faggert, on November 15, 2009 9:20 AM

Understanding UK's approach

In the UK, we have achieved a greater than 20 percent reduction in greenhouse gas emissions since 1990 (we have legally committed ourselves to reduce emissions by 34 percent by 2020). At the same time, we have enjoyed economic and...

Posted by Nigel Sheinwald, on November 13, 2009 8:33 AM

Many examples of what not to do

Efforts to reduce emissions through cap-and-trade schemes have resulted in massive pay-offs and 'pork barrel' politics, wherever they have been introduced. Some countries -- such as Japan -- have made extraordinarily strong promises without any way of delivering. European countries that...

Posted by Bjorn Lomborg, on November 12, 2009 4:03 PM

Let's make a plan

Other nations can offer some guidelines as to how the U.S. can address our response to climate change. The Maldives are very concerned about their situation where the average land is only about 4 to 6 feet above sea level...

Posted by Rick Edmund, on November 12, 2009 3:38 PM

Lessons from Europe

This is precisely the right question to ask as Congress considers climate legislation, and the answer is straightforward. Much of Europe adopted a cap-and-trade system, the European Trading Scheme (ETS); and at least in its initial rounds, it has utterly...

Posted by Robert J. Shapiro, on November 11, 2009 7:30 AM

Three fundamentals of climate policy

There are three fundamentals of climate policy. First, policies have to address the emissions from large industrial and power plants. Policy must convince these industries that it will cost too much in the long term to run a plant that...

Posted by Lars G. Josefsson, on November 11, 2009 7:10 AM

Climate policy options

There are basically three policy options for dealing with greenhouse gas emissions -- cap and trade, carbon tax, and policies and measures. For the most part, countries that ratified the Kyoto Protocol have tried the cap and trade approach. Sweden...

Posted by William O'Keefe, on November 11, 2009 6:55 AM

The Maldive Islands

The Maldive Islands have pledged to go carbon-neutral by 2020. They're building windmills left and right. That's a pretty good goal....

Posted by Bill McKibben, on November 11, 2009 6:12 AM

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