Getting Warmer: Addressing Climate Change and Environmental Policy

Mar 22, 2007
B-339 Rayburn House Office Building


Dr. Bruce Yandle
Professor Emeritus and BB&T Scholar
Clemson University 

Click Here to view Dr. Yandle's powerpoint presentation. 

As global climate change dominates policy discussions on and around Capitol Hill, it is more important than ever to understand the lessons learned from previous environmental policy efforts.   For more than 30 years, the federal government has experimented with various public policies to improve air and water quality, for better and for worse.  How does the history from these experiments apply to the discussion on climate change?

Additionally, the United States is hardly alone in the race to address climate change concerns.  Different regions of the world and individual countries have applied various strategies to address the climate change issue.  What can US policymakers learn from these other countries and how can policymakers incorporate those lessons into the legislative debate?

To answer these difficult and pressing questions, the Mercatus Center at George Mason University is pleased to welcome Dr. Bruce Yandle of Clemson University to outline the economics behind environmental policy.  In this session, policymakers will work with Dr. Yandle to answer the following questions:

  • What incentives are at play in the climate change discussion?  Can Congress create the proper incentives to empower people to improve the environment?
  • What has over 30 years of federal experience with air and water pollution control taught policymakers and the public?  How can those lessons be applied to the debate on climate change?
  • How effective have policies been in other countries at addressing environmental policy?  Are any of those lessons applicable to US policymakers?  If so, how?
  • What are some proposed actions that aim to address the climate change issue?  What are the relative merits of those proposals?  Can they work?