The Obama administration sparks a renewed interest in climate change policy

The Western Climate Initiative

From State and Local Government Review

Reducing greenhouse gas emissions is one of the greatest challenges the world will face in the coming decades. Renewed interest from the Obama administration along with continuing regional and local actions have raised awareness among US constituents and their representatives concerning this issue. Policymakers at all levels are still debating and experimenting with different policy and regulatory approaches to address this challenge. This article recognizes much can be learned from the efforts that states and regions are making in addressing greenhouse gas reductions. It also focuses on the larger effort under the Western Climate Initiative (WCI). The aim is to continue to strive for a reduction in gas emissions and develop newer, cleaner more efficient multisourced energy alternatives.


One of the most notable collective responses to the scientific community’sconcerns about increases in global temperatures and climate variability was the Kyoto Protocol of 1997, which was aimed at reducing greenhouse gas emissions from 1990 levels by 2012. Although the United States was not among the countries that ratified the treaty, a national greenhouse gas reduction policy is being seriously reconsideredby the current Obama administration. This article explores the efforts that several cities and states have made to reduce greenhousegas emissions and focuses on the larger effort under the Western Climate Initiative (WCI), which comprises U.S. and Mexican states and Canadian provinces.

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Warren, D., & Tomashefsky, S. (2009). The Western Climate Initiative State and Local Government Review, 41 (1), 55-60 DOI: 10.1177/0160323X0904100107

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