IGA-408M: Learning from the Failure of Climate Policy
In the half century since scientific knowledge of the carbon-climate problem emerged we have made huge progress on managing environmental challenges from air and water pollution to lead, DDT and stratospheric ozone depletion; yet in that same period progress on restraining carbon emissions has been negligible. This course argues that the failure of climate policy is structural, so that any successful policy will demand a bottom-up reengineering of climate policy architecture. We will critically examine assumptions that drove climate policy since the 1992 Rio Convention comparing them to assumptions that underpinned other environmental policy regimes. The course will not defend a unified new approach to climate policy, but rather will focus on spurring student to engage in critical debate around divergent visions of a path forward.